How To Take Better Pictures That You’ll Be Proud to Share
Gather round everyone, it’s time to share our photo memories from our recent adventure. Oh wait, look at all the blurry, dark, and unrecognizable pictures that we took. This won’t do! Have you ever felt this way? Don’t worry, we have some tips to help you take your photography skills to the next level.
What Does it Mean for a Photo to be Instagram Worthy?
Let’s first address this term “Instagram worthy”. I’ve never liked the idea that “someone” set a standard for what is worthy to be posted on Instagram. Everyone has their own individual style and we all enjoy seeing a variety of images. A room full of people might photograph the same object differently but at the end of the day, there could be someone that’s inspired by your style. Don’t let the term “Instagram worthy” overwhelm you. Choose to post your photos based on how worthy you feel they are, not how they compare to everyone else.
With that being said, you do want to examine your pictures before posting them and make sure they’re not blurry, too dark, or a finger in the way of the lens (yes this still happens). Sometimes editing photos can easily be done with a filter or even the edit feature on your phone.
Tips for Taking Better Photos
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Use different angles.
One of the best tips is to move around when shooting pictures. Different angles can make all the difference. When I take a photo and I don’t love the results, my next step is to try shooting from it from a completely different angle. Take for instance the photo example below. This plate of alien cookies is a really fun object to photograph, however, getting the right angle was important when showing them off. The angle in the first photo was ok but moving around helped me to capture a much better shot.
You do NOT have to center the feature person/object in your photos.
In fact, we highly recommend that you don’t. The difference between a good photo and a great photo is being creative and figuring out a way to highlight the focus of your pictures without it being centered.
Find a way to interact with the world around you.
We like when people engage with our photos (liking and sharing them) so we want to be engaging in our photos! Take for instance the example below. It’s a simple way to bring some life into your pictures!
Take the picture from someone else’s perspective.
The way you see things might be very different through the eyes of someone else. For instance, try taking photos from your child’s point of view. You might be surprised by the remarkable images you get by doing this.
Be a storyteller with your photos.
There are two ways to do this. 1) Some of the best images are the ones that start a story and allow the viewer to imagine the rest. You might find that these types of images are easier to capture than you might think. Photograph a deserted building or your feet headed in an unknown direction. 2) Let the picture itself tell the entire story without any caption needed.
Be BRIGHT and BOLD!
People love seeing a picture with bold and bright colors. When we’re scrolling through images anything with lots of colors is sure to catch out attention! Don’t be afraid to brighten up someone’s feed with some crazy color combos!
- Always clean the lens on your camera or phone. If you’re using your phone you will want to do this each time before taking pictures. The lens on a phone camera is almost always dirty/greasy.
- Use video editing websites and apps that help you edit your photos even if you’re a beginner. Check out picmonkey.com and download the VSCO app on your phone. These are very user-friendly!
- If you’re using an iPhone, try shooting in portrait mode for images that look like this: