How to take killer pictures that boost your Instagram followers and likes
Believe it or not, shooting an Instagram-worthy photograph is harder than it seems, it's important to get great images that will help you stand out from the crowd and ultimately make you profile worthy of followers.
Browse the guide below to help improve your Instagram image posts and ultimately your Instagram profile.
Avoid Taking a Picture Using the Instagram App
Taking photos using the Instagram app is a poor choice when it comes to shooting excellent pictures. It doesn't support zooming or additional functionality offered by apps such as the standard Apple iPhone camera app. By using a dedicated camera or high spec phone camera, a higher quality photo can be achieved.
Take a Variety of Photos
Taking a single shot and hoping it works out is not a recommended approach. Instead, always take a variety of shots and decide which ones are best to upload to your account. Higher quality photos will lead to your profile receiving more followers and likes.
When taking a bunch of shots you may end up with multiple images worth posting, which can be saved for future content.
Build Your Brand
Building up a brand or style is important on Instagram. When users view your photos, they should get an understanding of your personality, your likes and your dislikes. They should be able to get a feel for your character without ever having met you.
If you are lucky, your personal style may hit a chord with your audience, hopefully inspiring them to come back to view your posts and more importantly re-engage with you. Maybe stick to the same filters or use a watermark/logo on your pictures for that instant recognition. So, before you start uploading dozens of random photos, decide on a style and develop a consistent posting approach. This will give your profile a more professional, polished feel.
Balance Your Photos Using Gridlines
An easier way to help improve your photos is to take shots using your camera's grid lines.
Grid lines allow you to break down your photo into thirds and better position your subject in the frame. Professional photographers use this technique to offer better balance to their photos, which often results in a more naturally pleasing aesthetic.
Take Advantage of Natural Light
One of the hardest things about taking a photo is getting the light right, especially if the shot is lacking natural light.
What you don't want is your pictures looking either washed out or overexposed or worse, artificial.
However, there are many tools and apps out there that allow you to play with light settings, such as; exposure; highlights; shadows; saturation; making your photo more pleasurable for the user.
Use Negative Space
Negative space means the physical space around your image subject.
If you have a good balance between the negative space and your subject, you can make your photos stand out, resulting in a photo that has far more impact than one in which too many objects are cluttered and crowded in a space. Think of using your surrounding environments, such as water, a giant wall, or an empty street to achieve this effect.
But don’t get carried away and flood your pictures with too much space, or you may end up causing your photo subject to become insignificant.
One of the best ways to make your Instagram photos stand out is to focus on a single subject (rather than multiple). When taking your photo, take additional time to setup your shot and make sure your subject doesn't take up the full frame.
Before you take the shot, make sure that the main subject is in focus and the scene is optimally lit. There is nothing worse than thinking you have taken a good shot, only to find that the picture you snapped was out of focus, and the photo opportunity lost.
Prevent Yourself From Using Your Camera’s Zoom
Even though it may be tempting to use your camera’s zoom to take a photo, it can often leave your photos feeling blurry or grainy.
Instead, you should focus on getting as close to your subject as possible to capture as much detail as you can. This way, you won't have to sacrifice your photo's quality, and you can always use your camera's tools or third party software to zoom in later.
Toy with Reflections
Reflections can make your photos look professional and give off an interesting effect.
Play around with reflections from water, mirrors, glasses, or other surfaces to help improve the quality of your photos.
Remember, the more time you spend incorporating different features into your shot, the more people are going to like and comment on your Instagram posts. But do make sure your own reflection isn't in the shot! Unless of course, this is the desired effect.
Keep an Eye Out for Symmetry
Balance in a photo creates a powerful impact to your pictures.
A well-proportioned and balanced image can make a simple image more appealing to viewers.
In photographic terms, symmetry means cutting an image into two or more parts that equal/mirror each other horizontally or vertically. To achieve strong symmetry, try placing the subject in the centre of the shot, parallel to your camera.
Use Alternate Perspectives
Taking photos from alternative perspectives or different angles can end up making them look unique. Such techniques can help to create an interesting illusion. Some example perspectives you might consider include, taking your photos from a bird's eye view or maybe from the top of a step ladder.
Try tilting your shot to incorporate more of the sky or the ocean, adding this different dimension can change a picture completely.
Play With Color ( colour splash)
With this technique, your entire photo appears in black and white, except for one element which is dispayed in colour.
Colour blocking can draw the viewer's attention to a certain part of a photo that you want to showcase. The effect is similar to using negative space. However, with colour blocking, you will get a more put-together image, as the other elements in the photo remain untouched. For all of your colour blocking needs, check out the apps such as Touch Color. This helpful application will automatically tint your photo in black and white and allow you to fill in the areas of the picture that you want in colour.
Find Leading Lines
Leading lines are lines used in photography or artwork to pull the viewer’s gaze to a particular part of the image.
They add depth to photographs. The lines can also make your photos appear professionally staged and designed, even if they were included unintentionally. These lines can be straight or curved; it does not matter. Great examples of leading lines include roads, train tracks, hiking trails, and staircases.
Look For Repeating Patterns
Patterns like these are very aesthetically pleasing. They can have a strong visual impact and set any photo apart.
Patterns show up when bold graphic elements like shapes, lines, or colours are repeated. Such repetition is often seen in nature... a honeycomb bee's nest comes to mind, but are also seen commonly in man made objects, such as floor tiles or other building materials.
Focus on the Details
Close-up photos are an excellent way to exhibit features and add a element of intrigue to your pictures.
These photos can stand out from the crowd of other Instagram posts. Capture small and intricate details, look for textures and patterns that spark an element of interest, like a snake skin or peeling paint.
Use an External Lens
If you really want to step up your game, consider using an external lens, even if you are using your smartphone.
Much like regular camera lenses, you can get lenses that can be placed directly over your smartphone's camera lens. With a little bit of online research, you can find the perfect lens for your photography, from wide-angle to fisheye lenses. These extras can add a unique quality and perspective to your Instagram photos. Just be sure to read some online reviews before you buy anything.
Now that you know how to shoot killer photos, it’s time to take them up to the next level. You can do
this by editing.
There are plenty of apps on your phone to help you get started. Here are a few of the best that you should try out:
- A Color Story