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For a while now, I have been working on making my Instagram feed resemble my love of photography. I didn’t do that at first. I just snapped a picture here or there in the Instagram app and posted it. It was okay, I guess, for when I first started, but I love the challenge of not just snapping a picture, but rather experimenting to make it as unique, as I possibly can.
A lot of my inspiration came from my friend’s Instagram account. She showed me that I didn’t have to succumb to the simpleness of Instagrams camera, but rather do something else to capture the image you really wish to snap.
I have since then figured out some tips that has helped me take better Instagram pictures and has transformed my pictures and feed.
5 Instagram tips for better pictures
1. Don’t Use the Instagram Camera
I learned this the hard way. I used to take pictures using the Instagram camera, but I soon learned that if you take a picture without posting it, you lose that picture permanently. I didn’t like that. Use your cell phone’s camera instead. This will allow you to take multiple pictures, consecutively, without having to delete any of the pictures you already have taken to try again. I love it and you will, too.
2. Move Around with Your Camera
It is okay to just snap and shoot. Lots of people do it and they get some good pictures, sometimes. My tip would be to move around. Put your camera above the object you want to capture, or even below it. When the image looks right to you, click the camera button. Break out of the normal.
3. Don’t Take Just One Picture
The downfall to Instagram’s camera is this: you have to exit out of the picture you just took (deleting it) in order to try again. By using your cell phone camera, you can take as many pictures as you want, quickly. You can hold down the camera button to capture many pictures, like for sport mode, or one at a time. Either way, take more than one picture. You won’t know what picture turns out better, until after you have time to really examine the picture.
4. Avoid Zooming In
This is not my own tip, but rather some advice I had heard from my friend and noticed in other photographer’s Instagram pictures. Do not zoom in. By zooming in with your cell phone’s camera, you are creating a pixelated image, which you won’t want to use anyways. Instead, move around, get closer, and snap the pictures. Even if you can’t get close, the story the picture tells is that of nothing else I have ever seen.
5. Use an Editing App
I use my cell phone’s camera editing software ALL the time. I have a Motorola phone, which results in pretty awesome editing options, such as exposure, composition, and a color map to adjust the RGB. I love it. It is the only editing app I use.
These are the best tips I have found that have helped improve my Instagram photography ten-fold. I’m sure you’d see a change in your photographs, as well.