10 Steps To A Better Engagement Ring Selfie

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If you’re a child of the 80s or 90s and you just got engaged, there’s basically no other way to share the great news than through an Instagram engagement ring selfie. You may not be into mirror selfies, post-workout selfies or duckface selfies, but the ring selfie is something sacred! Spend a little time getting the photo just right by following the guidelines here and seeing how these ring selfie pros handled their moments of glory.

Check out the rules of thumb, er, ring finger.

1. Lighting is everything. 

Engagement ring selfie with glitter nail polish | @hollybury82 | blog.theknot.com



Get outside or set up your shot near a window. Taking an iPhone photo in a dimly lit room is a guaranteed blurry photo. Flourescents and yellow bulb lights aren’t much better. Trust us– you want the real deal sunlight!

2. Know thy ring. 

Photo: @steven_lynchelle // Featured: The Knot Blog


Experiment with the angle of your shot so you capture the most amazing qualities of your ring. Love the unique setting? Take a photo on an angle so everyone can see it! Infatuated with the shape of your stone? Try an overhead shot (but remember, skip the flash!).

3. Get your nails done.

Photo: @lizz311 // Featured: The Knot Blog


Everyone wants to see the ring. No one wants to see your hangnails. If your fiance caught you with a surprise proposal and you’re due for a manicure, but just can’t wait…put on a little lotion and get creative with your pose. Hold hands with your fiance, frame your nails out of the shot or do a fist pump pose at the camera!

4. Scout an exciting background. 

Photo: @hiparade // Featured: The Knot Blog


Your keyboard is not the only background choice. Unleash your inner photo stylist! Find an Instagram-worthy skyline, latte or patterned pillow to serve as the backdrop of your ring selfie.

5. Go the distance. 

Photo: @lassar // Featured: The Knot Blog


Cell phone pics will never be professional quality, but there are a few tricks to make your shots look almost as crisp. Avoid the zoom on your camera — physically moving your phone will make a less pixelated photo. If you’re using an iPhone, set up your shot and then tap the screen to focus the lens. Avoid shaky shots by pushing the buttons on your earbuds to snap a photo instead of tapping your screen!

6. Strike a (flattering) pose. 

Photo: @telenacarrington // Featured: The Knot Blog


Say goodbye to creepy hands by relaxing your fingers, adding a prop or resting your hands on your new fiance’s arm. Avoid shots that highlight every pore and strand of hair on your hands by tilting the camera at an angle instead of shooting straight on.

7. Take lots of options, but only upload one!

Photo: @jessicakorsten // Featured: The Knot Blog


You want your ring to stand out and look as awesome as it is. Skip the collages and pick one great shot to feature. You’ve got a lot of wedding planning ahead, so don’t give your followers any excuses to hide your feed.

8. Fix it in post!

Photo: @neida_garcia // Featured: The Knot Blog


Use an editing app like Photoshop ExpressVSCO Cam and Afterlight. Experiment with the crop, contrast, saturation and sharpness to get the very best from your digital photo.

9. If all else fails, use a filter.

Photo: @saralhun // Featured: The Knot Blog


Instagram’s made it easy for anyone to take a share-worthy photo. Add your ring selfie, apply that perfect Valencia filter and…

10. Share!

Photo: @lizwntr // Featured: The Knot Blog


Now’s the time to be sentimental, write a saccharine caption about marrying your best friend and use the heart-shaped frame you always wanted to try. Tag the location of your proposal and share to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and your grandparents on email. (Don’t forget to tag @theknot and hashtag #theknotrings)

See More On Proposals And Engagements!

> 7 Ways Not To Announce Your Engagement

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