Instagram has been a phenomenal social media tool, especially as far as photography is concerned. It has become a favored venue not only among casual photographers but also even the professional ones who just love to showcase their work in a wider platform, especially those shot through their mobile phones.
Even if you are no professional photographer nor do you have an impressive camera phone, you are still able to capture stunning photos over Instagram. We have some tips here to show you the way.
- Good Instagram Photos Take Planning
Just like taking photos over your regular camera, shooting good photographs for Instagram requires planning. Occasionally there are happy accidents, but they are usually rare. You need to check out the setting, try out different angles and, of course, planning around the lighting in the area to capture that Instagram-worthy photo.
- Take a lot of Photos
This may be a no-brainer, but as they say, practice makes perfect. Not to mention having to try out a lot of elements in finding that perfect shot. Take as many photos and play with different elements along the way until you get that good shot. Or you may have taken a better shot along the way upon review. Nevertheless, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Try Shooting Outside of the Instagram App
Many photographers are usually content using the native camera app of their mobile phones to capture photos for Instagram, which is mostly okay. However there will be cases that elements in the photo may be too hard to handle for the limited capabilities of the native camera app. Thus, you should explore using other apps that are available in the app store. There are many good apps available depending on your needs that can do a job as good, or sometimes better than the native camera. Some of them require payment but there a lot of free ones as well. Just remember to check the reviews to see if they are ok.
- Try Third Party Editing Apps and Edit in Phases
Somewhat related to the previous tip, native phone camera apps have somewhat limited editing abilities, though they still do the job well in many cases. But for more elaborate editing tasks, it is recommended that you look at third party editing apps in the app store. There are a lot of paid and free apps available that you can check out. Some of the most popular and highly rated apps include VSCO Cam, Snapseed,
One thing to note is that Instagram also has built-in editing tools that you can use, though the tools included are basic and not for more elaborate mobile photo editing tasks.
- Use Creative and Unique Hashtags
As a social media tool, Instagram is being used for social media promotion and marketing, even among photographers like Graham Warrelow Photography, as it helps provide a new and creative twist to these elements. One of those social media elements that has put into Instagram are the hashtags.
Used correctly (in Instagram in this case) hashtags can be incredibly effective. So one has to use specific and creative hashtags for better social networking results, not generate some broad and random hashtags like #girl, #blessed, #love, #photo, #bestagram,, #instagood which comes across as spammy and gibberish.
- Connect with the Community
Lastly, it is important for one to belong to a community, in this case a community of avid Instagram users. Never hesitate to reach out to as many as you can, especially if you wish to improve your craft as a photographer and make a mark in this field. You can learn a lot from joining these communities, especially with fellow Instagram users who are professional photographers themselves. At the same time, it is an opportunity for you to give back as well by sharing your talents to others.