Instagram is fast becoming the primary social media tool for businesses and individuals serious about making a career in the new global media. But there’s a big difference between good and great, and if you’re serious about ‘making it’ on a platform like Instagram, you’ve gotta set yourself apart sooner rather than later. Today we take a look at a number of ways to take better Instagram photos…
1. Take photos with your camera first
There’s nothing worse than seeing a photo uploaded that has great potential, but something is just a little off. If you take your photos with your camera app first, you are allowing yourself to undertake photography as a process of trial and error – which for the majority of us amateurs, is how we produce good photos. The photos taken with your camera will also be of a higher quality, and with the HDR function you will be sure to come through with the goods.
2. Follow people with a shared interest for inspiration
Instagram is a community – it’s about being inspired, inspiring others, sharing mutual interests, and meeting people from around the world who interest you / vice versa. For me, it’s all about travel photography – so I follow accounts that are similar to my own but of course differ in varying ways. That being said I also like to follow a few healthy food bloggers (to remind me to put the chocolate cake back on the supermarket shelf), a few health and fitness instagrammers (@sjanaelise is incredible), and even an ethical/spiritual instagrammer @essenaoneill to remind me to refocus my energies and never forget my purpose in life.
3. Steady now
I can’t stress enough how important it is to get the simple things right when it comes to taking an instagram photo. Be sure to stand still, have your feet planted firmly on the ground, focus the shot, make sure it is straight, nothing is obstructing the photo, and THEN take the shot.
4. Cropping and the rotation tool
But if you still don’t get it right (believe me, it happens to the best of us), just be sure to fix it in a photo editing app before you upload. Cropping and straightening your photos are simple, yes, but they also simply cannot be overlooked.
5. Don’t overedit
Over saturating your photos, removing too much contrast, going crazy with filters… it can all get a bit much. At the end of the day the thought that the shot conveys – the emotion – the story of the photo – combined with the caption – is what matters. For that reason I personally choose not to use filters in Instagram.
6. Edit outside of Instagram
But of course, some edits are necessary to make your shot ‘perfect’ (whatever that is).
It’s been a round for a little while now and it shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. This is a great app to use if you use it consistently, but be sure not to swap between this and high contrast photos throughout your feed…..because it just looks weird and indecisive.
Photoshop Express is a quick and easy way to fix little bits and pieces – cropping, rotation, clarity, etc. without overdoing it.
7. Quirky Captions
Tell a story, be raw, be you.
8. Your gallery as your shop front
If you were the owner of a shop, you would put your best-selling items in the window and do so in a manner that would lead people to want to come inside and see more. Similarly with instagram, you should always put your best foot forward. If you’re not sure whether a photo is worthy or not of being on your feed, don’t upload it. There’s always another grammable moment just waiting to happen.
Over to you! What are you best tips for instagram and better photo taking? Please share if you enjoyed this post!