Do you like taking photos?
Well, of course you love to do this as it’s the sign of our tech generation. There are millions of photos constantly being uploaded on Instagram. It has become a way to express yourself and engage with others.
So let me take it a bit further. Do you like the idea of taking breathtaking photos?
Now that’s trickier. A stunning photo entails a bit more than just clicking a button and then uploading an image in Instagram. Even though we’re reaching the point of automation with all those apps and tech gadgets, some things will remain the same. Art is one of them.
A beautiful image is exactly this: art. And in this post I will share with you some tips and tricks on how to take stunningly beautiful photos to sway your Instagram followers.
Lesson #1: Use your phone camera when taking the photos
A lot of people have been talking about this and I strongly agree with them – that’s why I’m putting this Instagram tip on the first place.
For the sake of beauty, please, don’t ever use the Instagram app camera when taking pictures. It’s a very basic tool with really limited opportunities. Fire up your iPhone camera and improve the medium in which you’ll be taking the shot. Especially with the coming of the new iPhone 6 you’ll want to do this and then import the image when opening Instagram. There really is no comparison between the quality of your smartphone’s camera and the primitive Instagram one.
Lesson #2: Mind the square
Instagram is famous for the square shape that frames all of the images present on the social media. Hopefully, you’ve followed my first advice and are taking all your shots with the fancier iPhone camera.
When you do so, by all means bear in mind that you’ll be cropping the existing image and forcing it into a 1×1 dimensional square. The image composition and present elements have to be structured in such a way that they won’t be left out when you import the image to Instagram.
I’ve seen a lot of great opportunities go wasted because someone has forgot about this one. So it would be wise for you to mind the square every time you click the camera button and capture a beautiful moment.
Lesson #3: Understand both light and angles
Both the light of your environment and theoretical angles are of vital importance. If you utilize both of these at the same time you’ll get an abstract, out-of-the-box (but not the square!) image.
Let’s be honest – there are a lot of awful images uploaded to Instagram. Most of these are either taken in an environment with poor light or are snapped in the most cliché, boring way which brings nothing new to the visual table.
I’d recommend you to be thirsty; thirsty for unusual light and shades; for abstract, unconventional angles to look at the object you wish to photograph; for breaking the set rules and standing out from the rest.
Taking a photo is not a static task. As I said before, it’s an art. Move both your mind and body, seeking new challenges.
Lesson #4: Don’t single photos out – make an image combination
Sometimes only one photo isn’t enough. There is a whole story, a certain sequence that has caught your eye and you wish to share it with your followers. You can’t simply cut it and leave it incomplete. Or maybe you wish to show a before/after effect of something that you stumbled upon.
Combining several photos into one is a smooth way to tell the particular image story, expanding on it and delivering something unconventional to your audience. Luckily, there are a numbers of applications like Frame Magic and Diptic. With their help you can craft outstanding collages and combined images.
Lesson #5: Know your filters
The good: Instagram has a great deal of filters.
The bad: Sometimes people seem to pick the wrong filters for a initially perfect shot, thus ruining it.
What is the purpose of the shot you’ve taken? What emotions and message do you wish to infuse in the picture? Is it a landscape evoking calmness, tranquility and peace, or do you wish the same landscape to seem mysterious, a bit aggressive or maybe even scary?
A single filter can totally change the purpose of your photo. So before you slap one across your work of art, think about which filter would be the best way to pin the feeling you wish to convey.