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We get it. Social media is a jungle. Between the perfectly manicured outlays of Pinterest and the slightly depressing string of Instagram feeds, there is no shortage of reasons to wonder why we seem like the only ones incapable of living the all too desired photogenic life of the typical social media celebrity.
For what it’s worth, social media is merely an impressively crafted lie. Well, maybe not a lie exactly – but a deliberate effort to present reality in more desirable truths. And while there is no denying that people invest a lot of money into the somewhat misleading lifestyle; it’s probably not an investment you can afford. If you’re looking for a few ways to display mundane activity like a celebrity grammer without drilling a hole in your checking account, you are in the right place. Here are 10 ways to capture your unforgettable moments like a pro –
1. Don’t Trust Instagram. Use Your Own Camera
While it might seem like an obvious option, taking photographs with the instagram app is a rookie move. It doesn’t have nearly as many functions that your phone camera does – including zooming and grid features, not to mention the more advanced editing tools that could let you play with the image’s point of focus to create a greater sense of depth.
If you are dissatisfied with your camera quality however, consider using apps such as VSCO Cam and Rookie that provide advance functions or Camera+, which offers everything including a stabilizer to combat shaky hands and keep pictures sharp.
2. Pre-Meditate Your Instagram Feed
It’s no-brainer to suggest that this might help your picture quality. Deciding what you want to share with your audience is instrumental to the effort you make and its final output.
Resist the urge to violently attack your instagram feed with a barrage of meaningless photographs. Before an image is instagram worthy, it is first captured for a specific intention. This would mean that you are on the lookout for moments and objects that can convey your currents thoughts or that are just worth sharing.
So, the question is what I’m I trying to say?
3. Set up; Light, Stage, Colors
Having decided what you want to say, the next hurdle to cross is how you want to say it. To deliver on great picture quality, here are three things you must be well informed about;
• Light: lighting is the life blood of any form of photography. No amount of filtering or app-editing can salvage a poorly lit photograph. Of the different lights available, natural light always reads better in delivering an effortless looking photograph, otherwise set your camera’s exposure to control how light or dark your photos are. But you can never go wrong photographing outdoors in the early morning, late afternoon or on overcast days.
• Stage: Remember that it is okay to move objects around to create the most eye-pleasing outlay. Backgrounds are also fun, but a more simplistic approach with blank backgrounds is usually more appealing. Less is always, absolutely more.
• Colors: A burst of strong colors and shapes will help to draw a viewer into the photograph. With the perfect amount of light, there are endless possibilities to the magical and spiritual outcome of your images.
4. Get In Position
The image of an instagram foodie standing on chairs to get that perfect angle is one that we love to hate. But you have to admit that the relentless desperation pays off somewhat. Don’t be afraid to be the weirdo dangling off the side of a bar stool to get a good shot. Putting any kind of effort creates intimacy and emotion in your work that is usually worth the hassle.
5. Bad Weather Is a Grammers Best Friend
Whether its snow, fog or rain, bad weather can translate to a good photograph as long as you know what you should be looking for. Reflections from puddles can make the most interesting pictures, and those droplets of dew on vegetation are pure magic to capture.
6. A Little Prop Never Hurt Any Instagram Feed
Experimenting with different objects can prove to be an effortless way to enrich your image. Not to mention, they add texture to a beautiful scene or element so that it is no longer just beautiful, but it’s bursting at the seams with stories.
Remember to keep the props light and whimsical. Props are great, but clutter? Not so much.
7. Take a Lot of Pictures
Don’t stop at just one or two. It is nearly impossible to get a perfect picture at a few tries, even professional photographers don’t. Settle down and take multiple snaps of your subject, and if you have a thousand great images, you will certainly find one two or three that are your favorites. Pick one and start from there.
8. Edit, Edit, Edit
Keep in mind that the unrealistically perfect life of your favorite instagram celebrity is the result of retouching so this is no harm. There are a variety of apps that can help to fix even the smallest of details including flyaway hair or blemishes. And if you do not have a professional lightning crew at your disposal brightening a few spots, removing shadows and weird colors might be your best bet to obtaining a great instagram photo.
9. Caption From The Heart
If you want to keep any audience hooked on your instagram photos, captions are the answer. A great caption can turn an otherwise mundane subject into the centre of attention. Captions are great for also bringing part of your personal feelings into each post to make it more of a meaningful experience.
Hash-tags might have an equally great influence on the popularity of your photo as well. Even if the image eventually gets lost in the sea of photographs trending for similar hash-tags – it might likely stay afloat for log enough to get noticed by someone important.
And if all else fails…
10. Take a Picture of A Picture
Sure, it is lazy and unoriginal, but sometimes there is no better way to convey your thoughts and/or message than that one exact picture, and what have you got to lose anyway?