Girls Of Now: How To Make Your Mark Online

Take #OOTDs and deal with haters like a pro

If you add up the number of followers Jayne Tham, Beatrice Tan, Jessica Tham, Savina Chai, Fion Tan, Melissa Koh and Melissa Tee have on Instagram, you’ll get a whopping 388, 622 (yes, we did the math). So if you haven’t heard of them, where have you been? Be it through blogging or simply posting gorgeous pictures online, these women have proved their mettle and have come out on top in the insanely competitive and often vicious world of social media. 

Want to be the next big thing on the Internet? These seven ladies share some tips on conquering social media.

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Jayne Tham, 26, @jaynetham

What are some tips you have on taking the best selfie?

1. Find an angle that works best for you. If you think your left profile looks better, try to take more photos from that angle.

2. Try to take photos in natural sunlight, it always makes you look nice and glowy.

3. Use good photo editing apps like VSCO cam. You can actually adjust the brightness and contrast to create a sharper face shape.

4. Take photographs when you feel good. When you feel confident, you’ll naturally look good.

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Beatrice Tan, 29, @beatricesays

What are three of your favourite inspirational quotes?

1. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

2. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

3. “It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfilment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.” – Denis Waitley

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Jessica Tham, 28, @tippytapp

How do we take a good #OOTD?

1. Take in the day to ensure you get good sunlight.

2. Never take a full frontal shot. Turn your body a little to the side for an instantly slimming effect.

3. Looking away from the camera makes your pose more natural.

4. It’s good to ask someone you’re close to to take your OOTD. When someone has been taking your photos for a long time they will naturally know your angles and how to make you look good.

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Fion Tan, 25, @iamfion

How do you curate pictures to post online?

I usually take 20 to 30 shots of the same subject in different angles. I always look through my images and check for little imperfections like crumpled clothing and bad lighting. 

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Savina Chia, 21, @savinachaiyj

What are the best photo editing apps to use?

I mainly use Afterlight and Adobe Lightroom on my mobile to make basic adjustments to my photo. I like them because they’re free and I can make a multitude of adjustments to my image that make all the difference. Before editing I also make sure I take photos in natural light at the right time, because there is only so much you can do to edit your photo.

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Melissa Koh, 26, @melissackoh

How do you deal with negative comments?

It depends on the purpose of the comment: If it’s constructive, say, a comment on the loading speed of my blog or someone telling me I’ve been posting too many advertorials, I’ll take it into consideration. If not, I just brush it aside.

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Melissa Tee, 23, @meltttt

What should we take note of when taking a flat-lay image?

1. Lighting is always crucial, and natural lighting is always best.

2. Always take note of your proportions. If your key item is small, use small props to not overwhelm it. 

3. Frame your image well. Because I usually post my flatlays on Instagram, I first frame my shot with my iPhone (which has an option to take square photos). If it looks good, I use my DSLR to take the actual shot so the image will be in high definition.

4. Plan out a colour palette. Pick props in the same colour range as the item you want to feature, this makes your picture look cohesive.

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