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Photography is everything when it comes to blogging and Instagram. Your personality and vibe comes through the aesthetic of your photos. But the fact is, as any avid Instagrammer knows, it often takes about 10 tries to get the perfect photo.
The truth is snapping awe-inspiring images for Instagram is a real art, a learned skill that takes time to learn. So whether you’re looking to take your Instagram feed to the next level, or just want to snap better vacation pictures, today I’m spilling my tips and techniques for elevate your photos and make them tap-worthy.
1. Natural Light is the Best Light
If there’s one thing that can make or break a photograph, it’s lighting. No amount of filtering or app-editing will save a photo that’s poorly lit. Natural light always looks better, is easier to shoot with, and is free! So if you’re outdoors, early morning, late afternoon and overcast days are prime times for shooting.
My favorite light to shoot in is on a bright day in the shade, or over castdays are as well. I find this soft light to look most flattering on the skin and features. Here’s an example where it’s a bright day but I’m in the shade. There’s no harsh shadows, but everything is well light and balanced.
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2. Background and Setting
Creating a scene for your photo starts with a good background, like marble and white tables great for food shots, and tiles and pretty walls are total Instagram candy shots for fashion pictures. So before you shoot, take some time to scout out some cute spots where you can take photos.
I find most of my locations from just walking around my neighborhood. Sometimes all you need is an interesting wall, I also love finding long walkways that create depth and direction in photos.
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3. Play With Props
Of all those loved Instagram accounts that you follow, they have a big secret – they stage. Often, the best Instagrammers spend lengthy amounts of time placing objects or people around to create the an eye-pleasing photo. Try experimenting with different objects and observe the way they enrich what your photo is trying to convey.
Props can be anything from holding a handbag or flowers in outfit shots, or related objects that give a personalized touch your photo. They help fill up the blank space in the photo and add texture and dimension. For this picnic photo I’ve added my shoes, flowers, books to add a character and personality to the shot.
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4. Keep your feed consistent
Having a constant look in all your photos, makes all your photos look better. Look for similar elements to help unify your feed. Trying to shoot in the same light and using the same filter editing process for all your photos.
I’ve chosen the theme for my Instagram feed to be bright, vibrant and have white backgrounds. Every time I post a picture, I try to make sure it follows the same theme as the rest of my photos.
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5. Takes lots of pictures
Like with most things in live, taking better Instagram photos means practicing all the time. It’s rare to get a picture just right on the first try, so take multiple snaps of whatever you’re trying to capture. At least five is a good bet, and even if you think they’re all great, you’ll likely notice that one or two are already better than the rest. Pick your favorite and start from there.
Here’s a screenshot of my camera roll, and as you can see, it probably takes me about 10 shots to get the perfect photo. I try taking slightly different angles to see which one I like best.
6. Using Tools to Enhance Your Photo
Editing photos can be time consuming and difficult to do consistently. Lucky for us there are tools like Photolemur which make editing your photos easier than ever. With artificial intelligence and a little bit of real-world magic, Photolemur uses image recognition to enhance photos and make them look great. It analyzes and adjusts all the various elements of your photos – faces, objects, the sky, and everything in between – to achieve the perfect result. No manual editing required – just load the photos into Photolemur and get them fixed in seconds. Photolemur automatically knows how to create images that wow.
7. Have fun
Your feed will never look the way you want if you’re not having fun. Love what you do. Take your time to create what you want to see and share. Just use that creativity of yours!