With a 13-20mp camera smartphone within your reach, you tend to take pictures almost every time you dress up and are feeling yourself. Selfies and full-body pictures that you are eager to upload online once you are satisfied with how you look—it’s the fast-paced social media world. However, it is often a struggle for both you and your photographer to get the perfect Instagram photo. How many times have you given your best pose to the ‘click-click-click’ of the camera only to end up deleting 18 out of 20 snapshots? That can be downright frustrating and exhausting.
But here’s the good news, there’s a solution—those Instagrammers with tons of awesome pictures on their page understand this. If your dream is to be a popular Instafashion or Instatravel blogger, you don’t need to wait till you’re rich enough to hire a paid photographer that will always follow you around. Start somewhere with these tips that will help you take better instagram worthy pictures with your phone:
Over-exposure can ruin your perfect picture. You remember those pictures you took but ended up deleting because they looked too bright and unnatural? They were over-exposed. Mobile phones tend to over-highlight, especially when you are taking a shot outdoors. To fix this, go to the settings of your camera app and lock the exposure and focus.
Be Conscious Of Lighting
Nothing spoils a good picture better than bad lighting. Pick natural light over your flashlight as much as you can. If you are shooting indoors, stay close to the window and make sure that there is enough natural light—stay away from artificial light.
Look Out For The Perfect Location
Inspect all the pictures you admire on Instagram and you will find that they have one thing in common—impressive location. That’s because location or background is one of the most important aspects of photography. When you want to take Instagram worthy photo-shoots, scout for locations that will complement your outfit. Also, try to pick a spot that’s not too cluttered.
Don’t Try Too Hard—Keep It Casual
Act casual for the camera. You can act as if you are waving your hair off your face, brushing your beards, dancing or laughing. It might feel ridiculous at the moment but just wait and see how you will look in those pictures.
Experiment With Angles
Sit, stand or turn your face slightly away from the camera. As you change your style, you can ask your cameraman or woman to adjust his/her hand. If you are not that tall, having your picture taken from a low angle instead of on eye-level will make you look super tall. Shooting slightly straight-on or above will look good when you are sitting.
Don’t Freeze, Blend into your Surroundings
When you feel the camera on you, it’s normal to freeze up and stick to an old boring pose as usual. Ignore the camera and think of what you will be doing in that location or spot on a normal day. Is it a beach? Play with the water or lie back on the sand with your sandal beside you instead of sitting up straight or standing with one hand on your hips.
Focus On The Details
You or your outfit doesn’t have to be the sole focus of the camera. Be the side or centerpiece to other details in the background. You can also zoom in on your bangles, earrings, tattoo and so on for a beautiful shot.
Turning on the grid setting in your phone camera can help you focus on details and create variations.
And Of Course, Take Several Pics
It’s best to have more than enough cool pictures to choose from for your Instagram feed. So take as many shots as you can from various perspectives and angles.
Test these tips out and let us know if they worked for you. And if you have more helpful tips for taking amazing Instagram pictures, don’t hesitate to share them with others in the comment section.