photo Tips for Instagram | Fremantle Perth Newborn Baby Family Photographer
A Few Tips for better Instagram Photo(s)
There are plenty of ways to take better Instagram photo(s) and to receive more likes on that photo, but today I’m going to share a few very simple tips that will guarantee more double-taps on your photo.
Light is key:
- Light, light, light! Great natural light is often the key to great photos. I am always looking for indirect light (you don’t want harsh direct light—it creates harsh shadows!). The best place is usually close to a window.
- If you don’t have great light, make it. For some photos, I create a more ideal lighting environment using a DIY reflector or a white cloth, white dish towel or tissues. This makes it easy to bounce light back in to get a nice light and airy photograph.
Take the picture on a clean background:.
- Think about what background you’re using for the photo before you snap — don’t be afraid to move things around!
- A simple whiteboard is the perfect blank canvas if you’re trying to showcase something. You can also use a piece of coloured paper, wooden floorboards in your home, or clear off a space on your dining table.
- If you’re out and about the same rule applies–find a clean background to shoot on. I personally would go for something clean with texture so, in other words, something that doesn't distract the viewer's eye from the "product" that you are trying to showcase.
- I’ll often move my coffee over to a different surface or background in a cafe to get a better photo. You may think this is a little extreme, but if you’re using Instagram as a tool to "show off" then you might as well make it look good :-)
Create an eye-catching layout & blank space:
- As your followers quickly scroll through their Instagram feed, they are bombarded with hundreds of images and your goal is to publish a photo so captivating that they’ll have a desire to pause, look at it, like it and hopefully click over to your profile for more.
- In order to make your image stand out from the hundreds, you need to create an eye-catching layout.
- The easiest way to do this is to add blank space to your image — it can be at the top, on the sides or the bottom. And you will notice that I love negative space!
- Take a look at the difference between utilising white space to create a more eye-catching layout with the same items.
Photo Editing App:
- My favourite editing app is VSCO, there is just something about it that take your photo for zero to hero, it's extremely user-friendly and free :-)
- TIP: Don't over-do or over-filter your photos, the key is to get it right "IN -CAMERA" and just tweak in post-processing :-)
Other things to consider are:
- Wherever you can Use the rule of thirds
- Is your content share-worthy? or are your followers just going to scroll past?
- Caption & Hashtags - make sure the caption and hashtags of your photo are appropriate and fitting.
What’s your favourite tip for styling an Instagram photo? Leave it in the comments below!
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