If you’re looking to step up your Instagram game, you need to take better photos and curate an enviable feed. With the sophisticated smartphones of today, you may think that all you need to do is point and shoot. And while it’s true that they have come a long way, you still need to know how to find the best angle, lighting and time to snap that picture.
Before putting your finger on the shutter button, decide what you want your feed to be about. Are you a nature enthusiast or do you adore architecture? Deciding what you want to share wth your audience is the first step.
Set up Your Phone
If you plan on using your phone to take pictures, you need to make sure it’s configured properly. Smartphones tend to blow out specific portions of photography naturally, which results in areas that are overly highlighted. To fix this, simply underexpose your shot. It’s better to have a picture that you need to brighten as opposed to ruining it with overexposure.
Composition and Lighting
When capturing the perfect shot, you need to think about composition and lighting. To be successful, you need to find a way to direct viewers to the subject while capturing emotion. Whether you’re using an iPhone or Canon, the Rule of Thirds is the golden rule. It’s applied by aligning the subject within literal guidelines and intersection points converted into squares. This allows an image to flow section by section and create interest.
Avoid This Mishap
Who hasn’t experienced that heart-crushing feeling of taking the perfect picture only to find out it’s too dark? Keep the following tips in mind when planning your next shoot:
- Natural light will deliver the best results. If you’re indoors, avoid artificial light as much as possible.
- Dusk and dawn are the best times to take pictures.
- Cloudy days are actually best because the light spreads out uniformly.
After you’ve edited your photos, step back and take a look. Return to your photographs later and make sure you didn’t over edit them.
Capturing the perfect shot isn’t has complicated as it seems–it just takes a little practice.