Get Your Feed On Point: Photography Tips From Instagram Superstars
Have you ever came back home from a bloody awesome day (or night) out to find a stream of blurry, dark and just plain un-Instagrammable photos? Us, too.
Here are the best of the best photography hacks from Insta Influencers around the world, so you can nail every kind of shot, from the selfie to the travel shot. Get ready to upload, wait for the likes to roll in, and celebrate with a beer or two.
THE 'SUCKED IN, I’M EATING THIS AND YOU’RE NOT’ PHOTO
If you’re dishing out the monies to eat something other than pot noodles, then you want to take photos to remember that time you ate real food.
Flat lay master Alice Gao tells Real Simple her secret for the getting the photo right, “if it’s very dark, as you’re taking the photo, have a friend stand beside you holding her phone’s flashlight through a white napkin. This brightens the scene but diffuses harsh light.”
THE ‘PFFT… YOU WISH YOU WERE HERE’ SHOT
To capture a photo that will make all your friends green with envy, lighting is key, tells Matthew Thiessen to Travel + Leisure.
"Whenever possible I prefer to shoot during early morning or evening as I prefer the softer light, it also can be an opportunity to create silhouettes," says the Canadian with more than 191k followers.
THE ‘I’M HAVING THE TIME OF MY LIFE’ SNAP
Aussie photographer, creative consultant and blogging queen, Margaret Zhang has 769k followers tracking her every post.
The 23-year-old tells the Huffington Post, “Lighting is key — like any form of photography, no amount of filtering or app-editing will save a photo that’s poorly lit. Natural light always reads better, so if you’re outdoors, early morning, late afternoon and overcast days are prime times for shooting.”
There you have it. Take your snaps in the morning if you want to make your ex jealous.
THE ‘CHECK OUT MY NEW OUTFIT’ POST
Shopped up a storm and feeling fantastic about it? So you should! Now it’s time to show it off, IRL and on the Internet and to make it shine, Diego, one half of the street style blog, The Styleograph, says to shoot from the side.
“I like front facing the camera or slightly to the side so you get a better view of the bag or shoes,” he tells Cosmopolitan.
THE ‘HAHA, I HAVE THE CUTEST PET EVER’ SNAP
Nothing could do more for your street cred than a cute pet pic. Elsie Larson from the blog, A Beautiful Mess, has an Insta following of 447k followers and has two tips for nailing your next pet portrait.
“Work with what you have a try different props until something works,” she says, and “Dress Up. Cheesy as it may be, animals in costumes are ADORABLE. I love costumes and the more your pets wear them, the less they will mind them,” she adds.
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