Instagram is a name that has quite recently become synonymous with the word photo and of course, filter. With over 400 Million active users and over 40 Billion photos shared, it has quickly risen to become the number one photo sharing app in the world.
It has even gone as far as to borrow’ certain aspects from similar apps, such as the My Story’ feature from Snapchat, which I assume is in order to maintain its superiority – but that’s a story for another time.
Now, by far, the most appealing aspect of the app is its in-built photo editor that allows for the creation of beautiful (square) images and of course, Kylie Jenner selfies.
Instagram would not be the same without selfies. Have you ever wondered how you can make your photographs just that tiny bit more amazing, well, I’m here to share 8 tips for improving your photos with an added bonus of a few extra followers.
1 – Framing
The frame is arguably the most important aspect of the photo. Do you want something abstract? Maybe something more symmetrical? Framing your photo properly can mean the difference between a barren wasteland devoid of likes and a fanatic flock of followers that you can then freely control. Just look at the most recent Selena Gomez photo everyone’s raving about.
2 – Placement
Placement, be it objects or people is also of equal importance. Make sure that you know what you want from the photo before setting it up. For example, a minimal design template would involve the careful placement of a few items against a plain backdrop which in result, are better emphasized. People work in the same way. Know where you stand.
3 – Lighting
I cannot stress the importance of lighting enough. You can take the best photo you’ve ever taken but it won’t mean anything if the lighting is off. Manually adjusting lux or brightness once the photo is taken will never have the same effect as it affects the image noise. That’s the reason why dimly lit photos often feel of lesser quality.
4 – Theme
Set a theme for your profile. Animals, Vistas, Portraits… it could be anything. A theme can help differentiate yourself from other profiles with no focus. This lets your followers know why they’re following you. Profiles with specific themes usually have a higher user retention rate than ones without.
5 – Trial & Error
Don’t be afraid to try out new things and take as many photos as you need until you’re satisfied. In this modern landscape, you don’t have to own an 8,000$ camera to become a good photographer. Stick to the themes you enjoy photographing and try out various methods (like what we previously discussed) and take lots and lots of photos. Which brings us to…
6 – Take Lots and Lots of Photos!
Hard work is required for everything that we hope to achieve and Instagram is no exception. Practice makes perfect and the only way to practice is by taking as many photos as you can. Think of what you would like to achieve throughout your Instagram career and take steps accordingly.
7 – Take Risks
Everybody is afraid of failure, it’s embedded in our DNA. However, that concept of failure is what prevents us from taking risks and truly reaching for the stars. Everyone fails before they succeed. Set a goal for yourself and push through the good and the bad until you can tell yourself that you really tried. In other words, don’t give up when the going gets tough. I believe in you!
8 – Filters
Let me begin by saying this: Filters do not make the photo. Now before I’m shunned and kicked off the internet, they can make a difference but I believe them to be of much lower importance than say, lighting. So, let’s try an experiment. Next time you take a photo you’re really proud of, forget about the filters and fiddle around with the settings a little bit. You’d be surprised at the results. This also helps the photo feel way more authentic. Trust me.
Bonus – #Hashtags
Although completely unrelated to photography itself, proper use of hashtags is essential to marketing your photos and getting them out into the Instasphere. Short and sweet is the way to go. Stick to 5 or 6 hashtags using a single word. For example, #ThisArticleIsAmazing is pointless. In this case, try something like #Article #Amazing #Need #More.