US actress Zendaya walks the runway at the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 presented by Macy's fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Lincoln Center in New York on February 12, 2015.
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You may have perfected taking the flawless Instagram photo, but with some special effects you can capture the moment even better. Slow motion videos are a hit on the social media app, and when the right opportunity strikes, they can be a great way to give your followers a treat. To upload your own slow-mo video, simply shoot using the "slow motion" option on an iPhone, recording for at least five seconds for the maximum effect, and upload it to Instagram to crop and edit it. Below, we rounded up the best uses for this feature to spark your creativity and give your feed an instant boost.

1. Capturing your pet’s antics.
Cats jump. Dogs chase their tales. The things our pets do are adorable, and they become even more so in slow-mo.
Example @meetthepugs:

2. Showing off flowing hair.
Zendaya recognizes that sometimes you need to slow down to really appreciate a look.
Example @zendaya:

3. Playing with your food.
Victoria Justice and her sister make a goofy situation into an expertly captured moment.
Example @victoriajustice:

4. Demonstrating your smooth moves.
With those hula hooping skills, actress Troian Bellisario has us completely mesmerized.
Example @sleepinthegardn:

5. Capturing your outfit.
Sometimes an outfit of the day photo just isn't enough—so some slow-mo action like Bella Thorne's can give a better look at a killer dress.
Example @bellathorne:

6. Making your friends cooler than usual.
When the whole squad looks good, slow motion can make things just a bit more badass—as demonstrated here by Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting.
Example @normancook:

7. Doing your best Little Mermaid impression.
Leave it to Kim Kardashian to perfectly mimic this classic Disney movie while still looking put-together.
Example @kimkardashian: