I hate to admit this but I bought an iPhone so I could use Instagram. Instagram is a fun way of taking and sharing photos. It makes grainy camera phone photos look cool and, well, less sucky.
I love Instagram but I almost deleted my account when the people behind it decided to change its terms of service. Now that everything’s back to normal (I think), here are five proven tips on how you can take great and amazing Instagram photos.
1. Get More Light
When shooting photos using your camera phone, make sure that you have ample light in your shot. I hate looking at grainy photos on Instagram. So if you want to improve the quality of your photos, then get more light in your shot.
Natural light (sunlight) is the best. But your desktop lamp is good enough to improve the quality of your photos by heaps. Use your camera phone’s flash if you must.
2. Choose An Appropriate Background
I love shooting subjects against a plain white background. I believe that this is a nice way of emphasizing the subject of my photos. I usually use a clean sheet of bond paper as background for small items.
Your background doesn’t have to be always white. I sometimes use my table as background. The distressed look of my table adds some drama and texture to my photos.
3. Zoom in
Keep in mind that Instagram photos are viewed on mobile devices with small screens. Make sure that you get close to your subject as much as possible. Don’t use the digital zoom of your camera phone because it will just distort your photo. As some photographers say, “Zoom with your feet.”
If you’re taking a macro shot of something, make sure that you stick your phone just a few centimeters away from your subject. This tip also applies when you’re taking photos of real people. Get close to your subject, period.
When you’re traveling and you want to share some photos of buildings, sometimes you don’t have to cramp a ginormous facade within a tiny frame. Focus on the details and your friends will get an idea of where you are.
4. Minimize the Use of Frames
As I’ve mentioned earlier, Instagram photos are viewed on small screens. It would be best if you use frames (like Picstitch) moderately. I’m not really a fan of Instagram frames, but I do use them sometimes. Using frames is a nice way of showcasing the outfit and the accessories you’re wearing though.
5. Tap to Focus
Most smartphones have the capability to autofocus. But there are times when you have to manually focus on your subject. So the next you take an Instagram photo, make sure that use you the tap to focus function. This will tell your smartphone’s camera where to focus exactly. Using this function will also set your camera’s exposure accordingly. This is important especially when you’re taking macro shots!
That’s it! Go ahead and explore the capabilities of your phone’s camera! And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram (@JericPena).