Getting the perfect Instagram photo is always tricky. There have been plenty of times where I have taken a ridiculous amount of photos and haven’t liked a single one! Thankfully, I have learned a lot about how to get the right pic, and I am going to share those tips with you:
1. Play around with the Rule of Thirds
There are times where a centered photo is striking and great for your feed. But a great way to gain interest in your pictures is to use the Rule of Thirds. Imagine your photo is divided into three vertical sections. Place the object/person you want to focus on in the left or right third.
2. Use natural light
Lighting can make or break your Instagram photo. Some of the best times to shoot are early morning, late afternoon or a generally overcast day. Too much sun will create unflattering shadows and will make the photo hard to edit. Try to always pay attention to the light and how it will play across your face.
3. Practice your moves
As silly as it may seem, practicing your poses in front of a mirror helps you from feeling totally lost when you’re standing in front of a camera. I never truly figured out my best angles until doing this and now I feel confident knowing what looks good and don’t feel as flustered when on the spot!
4. Get up close and personal
You know that moment when your mom is taking a picture of you and she gets wayyy too close and you feel super uncomfortable? Well, your mom may be up to something. Sometimes getting way closer that feels comfortable can result in truly beautiful pictures. Give it a try!
5. Third party apps save the day
To get the perfectly edited photo, using third party apps is very helpful! My favorite apps are Facetune and VSCO. Facetune is great if you want to edit your skin or if you want to smooth anything out. I have used it to smooth wrinkles out plenty of times. 😉 VSCO is how I like to filter my photos rather than using Instagram’s filters. There are plenty of packages to choose from and you can control the filter as well as brightness, contrast, etc.
I hope these tips help you out! If you have any good tips of your own, I would love to hear. Please share them in the comments!