Over the last few years, the popularity of Instagram has greatly increased. Within the last year alone, it doubled from 100 million users to 200 million users. With an average of 60 million photos uploaded each day, having your photo stand out of the crowd may be more challenging now than ever before. Creating the perfect photo is easier than it may seem. Here are a few quick tips to help you nail your skills for taking better Instagram photos:
1. The Rule of Thirds
The rule of thirds is a common term used by professional photographers and designers dealing with composition. Visualize your square Instagram canvas as divided into 9 cubes, 3 by 3, two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines. The concept of the rule of thirds is to have your subject, also known as the attention grabber, to sit along these lines or their intersections. This composition gives your photo more depth and makes it less predictable, creating a more visually pleasing image.
2. Natural Lighting
Natural lighting is always the best way to go. Sometimes indoor lighting can be inconsistent and create a yellow tint or awkward shadows. Natural outdoor lighting helps to preserve the genuine colors of your subject matter and give soft highlights and shadows. Tapping on the screen where it is darkest also helps to bring more light into your camera lens. Try tapping several different areas to find the perfect lighting and focus.
3. The Right Filter, Maybe Even None!
A common misconception is that you must apply a filter to your photos, but in reality, sometimes your photo looked best without any filters at all! People often over-do it with filters on top of filters when all it really needed was a little brightness and contrast or temperature change. And if you decide that your photo looks better with a filter, keep in mind that Instagram now allows you to control the intensity of the filter by double tapping!
4. Don’t Forget your Background
Though your subject is supposed to be the most important part of your photo, your background can help or hurt your photo as a whole. If you are photographing an object, a soft, neutral background will help the object stand out the most. If your background is cluttered with a lot of stuff then it may lose its focal point or cause your object to blend in with its surroundings.
5. Less is More
This phrase means exactly what it sounds like – showing less usually results in getting more. Simple backgrounds will often show off your object best and natural anything is the best route to take. Too much stuff going on in a photo can create confusion and lose purpose. Keep it simple and don’t over think it.