13 Tips for Taking Beautiful Instagram Photos

<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you want to take better photos to share on Instagram, it’s time to upgrade your photography skills. As you’ll read below, lighting and angles make a huge difference.</p> <p>Here are 13 tips for taking beautiful Instagram photos:</p> <p><b>1. Clean the lens</b></p> <p>This is a no-brainer, but it’s always good to remind yourself that if you don’t have a clean lens, there is no way you can get a decent photo, let along a beautiful one.</p> <p><b>2. Don’t zoom</b></p> <p>Zooming can result in pixelated photos, so always move as close to the subject matter as possible before snapping away.</p> <p><b>3. Turn the flash off</b></p> <p>The flash on your smartphone acts as a flashlight instead of light enhancer. Take advantage of the light you do have by moving around to find a better lighting angle.</p> <p><b>4. Turn the stable shot setting on</b></p> <p>When you turn off the flash setting on your smartphone’s camera, switch the stable shot setting to “on.” Blurry photos will be a thing of the past.</p> <p><b>5. Shoot in “broad” light</b></p> <p>Broad light is soft light that hits your subject from many angles and reduces shadows and harsh contrast. Indoors, it is indirect light flooding through a big window. Outdoors, it is sunlight in the mornings and late afternoons/evenings.</p> <p><b>6. Turn on all the lights</b></p> <p>If you’re taking photos indoors at night or on a dark day, turn on all the lights in the room (and adjacent rooms). This will create broad light.</p> <p><b>7. Move toward the light</b></p> <p>The closer the light, the softer it is. When you’re shooting indoors, move your subjects closer to windows or lamps.</p> <p><b>8. Diffuse the light</b></p> <p>On a bright sunny day, you can end up with harsh shadows if you don’t diffuse the light streaming down on you. Either wait for clouds to cover the sun or drape a white sheet overhead. (This will create broad light, too.)</p> <p><b>9. Use angles to change texture</b></p> <p>Lighting angles can completely change the texture of your photo. Light from the front makes wrinkles and creases almost disappear. Lighting from the side, above, or below emphasize texture.</p> <p><b>10. Remove distractions</b></p> <p>Arrange the setting to remove all distractions – a stray shoe, empty wrappers, a pile of magazines. Style it for an extra bit of polish – like a vase of wildflowers in the background.</p> <p>As food is one of the most popular and specialized categories of images on Instagram, here are a few tips especially for shooting food images:</p> <p><b>11. Play with your food</b></p> <p>For the best food shots, rearrange the plate for balance and symmetry – the eye is naturally drawn to those elements.</p> <p><b>12. Position food on a matte surface</b></p> <p>Wood tables, marble countertops, a bed of grass, and a picnic blanket are all matte surfaces that will help your food photos stand out. Shiny surfaces, on the other hand, will compete for attention.</p> <p><b>13. Frame food from above</b></p> <p>Shoot food from above for the crispest image, and include some negative space, like the rim of your plate.</p> <p>What are some of your tricks for shooting beautiful Instagram photos?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Author information<br> <br> Monika Jansen</h3> <div><div><div><p>Monika Jansen is a freelance copywriter and editor who helps with companies of all shapes on sizes kick their content up to the next level. You can find her online at <a href="http://www.jansencomm.com/">www.jansencomm.com</a>.</p> </div> <div>| <a href="http://twitter.com/monikacjansen">Twitter</a> | <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/monikacjansen">LinkedIn</a> |</div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p>