In the age of social media, all anyone seems to want is to snap that perfect Instagram-worthy shot. But what is it that makes that shot so perfect? That’s the million dollar question! Today, we’re doing our best to help share our top five tips to what we believe will make your photos absolutely perfect. While there are so many things to focus on, our top five are composition, quality, lighting, aesthetic, and editing.
Do you remember learning about the rule of thirds in art class? Guess what, it’s still applicable! For those of you who haven’t heard of the rule of thirds or just need a little refresher, the rule is as follows: Draw a grid across your space with three lines equally spaced both horizontally and vertically, breaking it into nine equal parts. Just as important as the nine parts, if not more so, are the lines and intersections you have just created. Did you know that when viewing an image your eye is not naturally drawn to the center of a photo but to the points of intersection? It’s true! With that in mind, while framing your photo, try to place the point of interest along your lines, highlighting a certain spot at an intersection. When shooting portraits, it’s best to have your subject be off-center and aligned with your rule of thirds grid line instead of smack dab in the center, which can actually cause an awkward looking shot. By using the rule of thirds, you are taking time to intentionally plan out the composition and framing of your photo, which will show through in the quality versus an image you quickly snapped without a second thought.
With the ever expanding land of technology, it’s even more important (and easier!) to have a high quality image. There are a number of factors that play into the quality of an image, but here we’re talking about the actual resolution and size of your image. While our iPhones and Androids are getting more and more advanced cameras by the day, you’ll see real quality by picking up a “real” camera instead! A traditional camera will give you a much higher quality zoom, larger range, better features, and an overall higher quality image. And with the leaps and bounds that technology has improved, you can easily download images directly from your camera to your phone for quick posting. With all the free resources online, it’s no longer as intimidating to pick up a camera and learn the basics. Trust us, you’ll see a significant difference!
If there is only one thing you can remember to focus on when taking your photos, it is the lighting! Having the proper lighting can make a world of difference in your images. Sure, we have the ability to easily manipulate the brightness of a photo, but nothing will truly compare to a photo taken in good lighting. In most cases, the optimum lighting is natural light. Whether you can have your subject be outdoors or in a room with lots of windows, having natural lighting should always be your top preference.
One of the biggest keys to having a killer Instagram feed is your aesthetic. Whether it’s picking the same filter or editing style for all of your images or a theme for the subject matter, you want to give your feed a cohesive look that’s still unique to you. While it’s still acceptable to mix in a different style image here or there, the majority should have a sense of uniformity. A cohesive feed is an attractive feed!
The rise of social media has also resulted in a rise of photo and video editing applications. There are so many options to choose from! You’re no longer limited to the select few filters that Instagram allows you. There are hundreds of free apps that allow you to choose from additional varieties of filters and editing techniques.
However you choose to create your photos for Instagram, make sure that you’re creating something you are happy with and love to look at! Make sure that you’re still taking time to live in the moment and enjoy life offline too. There’s more to life than “doing it for the ‘gram” but if you’re going to do it for the ‘gram, you might as well have some extra tips to help you get the best shot possible!