15 Easy Hacks for Taking Better Instagrams

gallery-1446143343-oreo

If you want to make an impression on Instagram then you may need to tweak or hone your photography skills just a bit. The right perspective, distance and focus can turn a meh photo into a marvelous photo and start those likes a ticking!

Take note of these 15 subtle yet slick techniques and you can start writing ‘photographer’ on your CV, well maybe…

 

1. If you must take a picture of your dinner, take it from at least 3 feet above

1

Source:cosmopolitan

2. Make the most of natural light, use whatever windows you can when you are inside.

3. In light of natural light and remembering number one, photograph your breakfast or lunch as here you will have the most natural light, evening dinners and suppers are not so photogenic!

4. However if must photograph your dinner, use someone else’s phone to light the plate, or get technical by bouncing the light off a white board (maybe a white menu?) to light both sides of the plate.

2

Source:cosmopolitan

5.  One study found that red- and orange-tinted photos tend to receive the less likes, but photos that are blue receive more. So you’ll get more likes when you add blue tones whenever possible, think sky, ocean and blue smarties!

safe_image

Source:cosmopolitan

6. Improve captions and bios by copying and pasting text with line breaks from notepad or texts. Since you can’t make a line break directly in Instagram, copy and paste your caption with line breaks included into Instagram.

7. Photos of your face are 30% more likely to get liked but don’t over do the editing on your selfies.  Mush out a pimple with Squaready, where you tap on the blemish to remove it. If you smooth out your face too much you lose the essence of what makes you you!

3

Source:cosmopolitan

8. Iconosquare allows you to figure out the best time of day for posting as to when most of your followers are engaged, it’s a free app and provides various insights to help you get the most followers and likes.

4

Source:cosmopolitan

9. Use your actual phone camera to focus on one specific object in a photo, not with Instagram’s blur tool. Manually tap on your camera screen to decide what the main focus should be, then take your photo. This looks less clumpy and much more professional.

gallery-1446143343-oreo

Source:cosmopolitan

10. When you use a filter, tone it down a bit, so it doesn’t look fake. When you sharpen, increase contrast, and increase saturation of colors, make sure the final product looks real. Green apples are green not neon.

5

Source:cosmopolitan

11. Be selective with your hashtags to ensure re and relevant gramming. Like Cosmopolitan’s photo challenge where you can take fun photos of your desk and tag #CosmoPhotoChallenge. These give you a prompt on what you should be posting and the opportunity for your photo to be seen by millions of Instagram users.

Source:cosmopolitan

12. Ensure your HDR function is turned on when photographing something in lowlight. When HDRis activated, you’re way less likely to have a coarse, junky photo. To turn it on, open your camera application and on the top of the screen, select “HDR” and then hit on. When it’s on it will turn yellow.

11

Source:cosmopolitan

13. When shooting a photo, hold your phone totally upright (or exactly perpendicular to the subject when taking a overhead photo). Krieger says when you’re holding your phone 100% upright, the subject of the photo  appears clearer and  will look much more professional.

22

Source:cosmopolitan

14. #NoFilter! Skip the filter and instead try Instagram’s other editing tools to brighten, enhance contrast, saturate, and sharpen. In the below pictures, the left photo is too filtered. On the right, though, the photo is lightened, brightened, and sharpened, for a more vivid photo.

33

15. Edit a photo first by turning your phone on Airplane Mode. Hit “post,” and nothing will upload but the edited photo will save to your camera roll. This allows you to use Instagram  as an editing tool, or just space out your posts.

Source:cosmopolitan

Popular

To Top