Have you ever wondered how some your favourite sneaker Instagrams are so lit? And has this got you thinking – how can I take my sneaker photography to the next level? Well, we’ve put together a guide on how to position your feet in front of the camera for the ultimate LIT sneaker shot.

Before you get started, there are a few necessities for that perfect shot. Whether your budget is $200 or $2000, you can execute a lit shot just by the way you pose. Regarding gear, you’ll need a camera, a tripod, and ideally a Wi-Fi or a remote shutter. Software wise we use Lightroom or Photoshop, though there are other cheaper (or even more specialist) programs out there. Another thing to consider investing in is socks, for long styles we recommend Stance or LVL Up or for no shows you can’t go wrong with Footlocker brand. Finish the look by throwing on some killer selvage denim, either from Uniqlo or Edwin (a personal favourite of some of our team) and don’t forget to get that pin roll tight AF.

The 10 Sneaker Poses to have a Lit Instagram

10. The Craig David (Walking Away): Place one foot in front of the other and face the front foot out a little. Raise the heel of your back foot, and you have yourself an epic shot, especially if the brand’s logo is on heel counter. LIT FAM!

9. The Terror Squad Lean Back: Lean back and place your foot flat against the wall. Your other foot should be flat on the ground which you can then point outwards to emphasise the shape of the shoe. An alteration of this is simply by raising one foot on a ledge or step (as shown below). Go with whatever works for you.

8. The OG stance: The simple stance where you stand side on in front of the camera. Place your opposite foot a few centimetres behind the focused foot so the camera can see the heel and doesn’t look like you have only one leg. Raising the heel is also cool too. Keep it casual.

7. The Singular Hang: You’re going to need some balance for this shot. Just like the OG stance, stand side on in front of the camera but  raise the foot in focus (closest to the lens) off the ground. You can do this as high or low as you like. Play around with it – point it up, point it down and see what you like most.


6. The Double Hang: Sit on a ledge and let both your feet hang off the ground. Be sure to have your feet apart and point them in a downward direction (or have at least one pointing down). The aim is to look like your in the middle of swinging your feet. A variation of this is jumping in the air (as below).

5. The Duck Footer: Start by placing your both feet together. Then point your toes outward while keeping your heels together. You can combine this with the Craig David pose too. You’ll find that once you start playing around with your stance, you’ll see the different variations on how to successfully take this shot.

4. The “But First, Let Me Fix Up My Laces”: All you need to do is pull on your laces or tug on the hoop and shoot. Sneakerheads love it when other Sneakerheads mess around with their laces. Take a page out of Woody’s book from Sneaker Freaker and keep your laces loose!

3. The Bird’s Eye View: No tripod needed for this shot, just look down and shoot from the aerial view. Better yet, why not get creative and incorporate other elements however if your hands are full a tripod will come in handy. You can also do this by laying flat on the ground providing a more relaxed look.

2. The ‘Jazz-Song’ Tap: Stand side on in front of the camera with feet at shoulder length apart and raise the toe of the foot that’s not in focus displaying a sense of depth in the shot, which is always nice. You can alter this shot by lifting the focused foot instead.

1. The In-Hand: A perfect shot for when you get that LPU (Latest Pick Up) and you’re ready to show the Gram. Take one shoe, either the left or right pair (or both) and shoot it in your hand. You can also have the other shoe in the background or take a more scenic approach. The world is your oyster.

Above all else, we firmly recommend experimenting. You’re only going to achieve your best shot through trial and error to suit the combination of the shoe, the setting and your overall individual style. So don’t be afraid change it up, head to your local park or a rooftop city carpark and use different props. Also, play around with lighting that is available to you either electrical or natural or not and use reflective surfaces like mirrors or water to create striking looks. Most important however is to have fun. Learn through practice, and you’ll be there in no time.

We hope you’ve found this guide helpful and would love to see how you use it! Make sure you tag your shots with our #dopekoto hashtag or send us a PM with your shots to get featured. Happy shooting!

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