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How To Take Good Photos For Instagram

Hi everyone,

Today I'm sharing how to take good photos on your phone to post to Instagram.  My tips are based on my experience with posting to Instagram and what has worked for me. 

For those of you who follow me on Instagram you know that I post both photos of my own home, design projects as well as other designers' work.  In my opinion, photos are the key to gaining followers on your Instagram account.  In 2 years @jwsinteriors has garnered almost 81,000 Instagram followers and I believe great photos are the main reason.

I know many bloggers take hundreds of photos before they post "the shot" on Instagram, but honestly I'm too busy to take that many photos before posting. I take everything on my iPhone unless I'm using a photo from one of my design projects. There's absolutely no reason why you can't use your phone camera (so long as it has good picture quality for Instagram)

It took me a little time when I first started out to get the hang of things, but these are my tips for taking good photos. I hope you find these helpful and possibly for just everyday use whether you have Instagram or not!

Tip 1: Lighting

Lighting is so important. Make sure you have plenty of light. You never want to use dark photos.  I ALWAYS use the BRIGHTNESS edit option on Instagram to lighten my photos. I do not use a particular filter all the time, however, Chrome seems to take the best photos with people in them (more on that further down our tip sheet).  

Tip 2: Flat Lay Set Up

A lot of Instagrammers, lay out their clothes, design accessories, etc "flat" on a table or floor and snap a shot with their camera ABOVE the items. It could be a food display as well which is always popular if you scan through Instagram. If there are a lot of items to be displayed, or you need to get really high above the objects, then I recommend a selfie stick to capture the photo best. See Tip 4 below for more on this.

Flat lay shots are very popular and if done right, can help you grow your account with great photos. I've found the trick with flat laying objects is to have them on a white or marble surface. It provides a "clean" background to show off the objects.  More items displayed are better typically because there is more for the eye to look at.

Tip 3: Take Photos of Flowers
There is something about snapshots of flowers (again, using your filter for brightness) that when taken correctly, usually either directly above or at a slight angle above like this one I took at a farmer's market (one top blogger/Instagrammer featured this photo much to my delight!) and people go bananas :) 

Tip 4: The Selfie Stick

In these photos, I used a selfie stick to get higher above without climbing a ladder or step stool.
If you are posting photos of yourself (there are different views on this on whether it helps your account or not) I've found that holding a selfie stick almost directly above you makes you look thinner and captures your oh-so-adorable outfit; I've also found that holding it out away from you at an angle shooting down again can take nice photos. 
The Chrome feature on your phone seems to even out skin tone and erase wrinkles (I swear!) on Selfie photos, so I use that. Photos are more vivid as well.

I hope you've found these helpful!   


The Lush List said...

Great tips, Jennifer! You always have fabulous photos!

Garima said...