How to Take the Best Instagram Photos

How to Take the Best Instagram Photos

As many of you may know, I LOVE photography. I am absolutely obsessed. I do a lot of portrait photos for friends and family. I like to say that I have pretty much-mastered photoshoots. I thought that in this post I could give you some examples of my photography. The goal of these tips is to help you form a visual aesthetic around your Instagram. Disclaimer: These tips will work with any device.

1. Placing  

Maui, Hawaii February 2017

Maui, Hawaii February 2017

You see those squares? That is what I see when I look into my camera. These squares divide the pictures into 9 parts.The lines help you place your subject wherever you want.  When you take a photo, placing is everything. I chose to place the sun farther to the right because you can see more of the ocean. It may seem ridiculous to think about, but this step is the difference between a good and a bad photo. I usually use my Canon Camera for photos, but you can enable this feature on your phone. On iPhones, you can go to photos in settings and click on "grid". I'm sure there is a way to enable this on a Samsung or Android. I highly recommend this step when taking portraits or landscape photos. 

2. Lighting 

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Yep, you guessed right. This photo was taken in an alley. I know my neighborhood so well, that I know when and where to find the best lighting. The lighting in the alley behind my house is always best during the afternoon. When you are about to take a photo, consider the lighting. You NEVER want half of your photo to be in the shade and half not. It is extremely inefficient. Scan your surroundings and adjust yourself or the object you are taking a photo of. It is important to have a clear image with bright lighting. Lastly, Make sure your object is always facing toward the light/sun. This helps brighten the picture. 

3. Focus

Me, 2016

Me, 2016

Focus is everything. When taking a portrait, focusing on your subject is important. You want people to focus their attention on your subject. When taking your photos stop and make sure that your subject is clear and noticeable. This will help people see what you are trying to portray. Every day I see people on Instagram that don't care about focusing on anything. They just post to post. I disagree, I feel like taking the time to focus in on a subject is very important. This step is guaranteed to help you get more likes and comments. 

4. Scenery 

Taken on an iphone

Taken on an iphone

This photo is only interesting due to the background. Imagine taking his photo and putting it in front of a white wall. Would it still be interesting? Probably not. The scenery is what carries the photo. Of course, there are acceptions to this rule when you are doing portraits. Otherwise, if you are somewhere different and interesting, pose there. You are sharing your experiences and adding life to your photos. That's what makes your social media interesting. On a side note, this photo shows that you can take good pictures on your phone. It doesn't matter what kind of camera or device you have. 

5. Have fun with it

Me trying to be a model

Me trying to be a model

The title is pretty self-explanatory. Be inspired an go out and take wonderful photos. Drive around your neighborhood and pose in random areas. Get dressed up for fun. Just enjoy yourself and you will naturally have an interesting feed. As you can see in the picture above, I was being ridiculous and pretending to be a model. It came out as a good photo though. 

I Hope you enjoyed these tips! Make sure to follow my social media @hereishazel. Let me know if you would like more tips on photography. Lastly, If you would like to set up a photoshoot with me, please email hereishazel@gmail.com or DM me on Instagram. 

Enjoy!

Hazel Holmes (13)

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