Do you want more followers & interaction on Instagram?
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Instagram marketing, it’s that the quality of your photos is everything. No one will want to follow you if you have a bunch of poorly lit selfies and grainy pictures of your food.
So how do you take better Instagram photos?
Here’s the good news: you don’t have to be a professional photographer to take gorgeous photos, even with your smartphone (no DSLR required).
Here’s the better news: I happen to be a professional photographer, so I’m going to give you my best tips! I promise you, anyone can have a beautiful, popular Instagram feed using these tips for better Instagram photos.
1) Lighting is everything.
You can’t go wrong with shade, and side window light for a selfie or portrait is amazeballs. Sun behind (back lit photos) can be great if you tap on the face of who you’re taking the photo of once your phone is lined up so it re-evaluates the exposure in your phone app for the best lighting.
2) Be aware of composition
I try to treat my cell phone as if it’s a film camera. Back in the day people were more selective of their photos because film costs money. Now you can snap away and it costs nothing except it really affects the quality of your photos because you don’t think about it as much. Really think about the photo, try different angles, make sure you have a good composition before you snap it. Also, check out this lesson about the rule of thirds, which is the easiest way to get better Instagram photos instantly.
3) Invest in some lenses for your cell phone.
Yes they really do make lenses for your cell phone, and they’re affordable! You can get wide, macro, fisheye, and telephoto lenses for your cell phone! This will let you capture more with your phone! Check them out at Photojojo.
These can be great to capture better landscapes, portraits, selfies & also for when you’re recording video. I personally love the wide angle lens for when I’m doing periscopes so I can fit my entire background in better. They’re really affordable too!
4) Download editing software.
There are tons of options when it comes to editing your photos for Instagram. I would steer clear of the in-app settings though and opt for a more professional app. I would recommend PicTapGo or VSCO. You can bring in your photos and use different editing techniques to make your photos look more polished and professional. You can also save them as full crop so you have the option to not crop as a square if you like that option as well.
5) Be consistent.
I would recommend coming up with an editing formula in your favorite editing app app and writing it down. From then on you can do the same recipe to each photo tweaking as needed so your Instagram feed looks consistent and polished.
You want to think of your instagram layout as a whole, not just photo by photo. How will all of your photos be viewed and received when visitors come to your page? Does it appeal to your ideal clients? It is inviting and fun (if that’s what you’re going for)?
Remember that just simply posting to instgram isn’t enough if you want to attract loads of followers on instagram. You need to have a unique and beautiful feed.
So go now, plan out your feed & start snappin’!
Oh! …one more thing! Comment with your Instagram handle below so we can all follow each other!