I love Instagram. I can say this with pride. I used to not like it. I did not quite get the purpose behind it. I started to go through my feed and follow people and see them come up with some amazing photos and visions. I now consider Instagram to be a photographer’s paradise. Many of those opposed to Instagram say the food posts are dumb and no one cares about what you have to eat. I see those posts as art. Someone took the time to artfully craft those images and it makes for a very aesthetic looking feed. I am by no means a professional Instagrammer. I would like to be one some day. I am still trying to figure out a theme for myself. I am still trying to get the concept of creating Instagram-worthy pics. Right now my feed is pretty limited but I am proud of it. I am still learning. I do have some tips that I would love to share with you that have helped me in my experience with Instagram so far.
Do not use the front facing camera.
If you are taking selfies, the front-facing camera is convenient, but you are losing resolution when you use it. I am not a fan of the front-facing camera at all. It is not very flattering to me personally, and I avoid it at all costs. Sadly, I need it to do Snapchats, but I deal with it. When I am taking selfies for any social media, I use the regular camera. This allows more resolution and a sharper image.
If lighting cannot be fixed
Sometimes when I take a picture and the filter I use most often Clarendon, does nothing to fix the lighting, or it makes it worse, I just use the black and white filter. I used this once when showing off my new cloche hat and the lighting was not quite right. I actually liked using that filter since it gave my picture a vintage vibe. It complemented the cloche hat and I thought it came out great!
The apps for photos and such and be so overwhelming. FaceTune is a great app for selfies. Layout has cool effects for Instagram. I really like using collage apps like PicCollage to arrange multiple photos of the same concept into one photo. This allows your feed to be clutter free! There are tons of apps out there so find the ones that work best for you.
I used to not do this, but since then it has helped a lot. Adjust your brightness before you use filters can help the lighting and gives improvements to the photo without making a lot of changes. Sometimes this does not always help in the fixing of lighting, in which case, refer back to the second tip I mentioned.
This will probably be the most important tip I give you. It is simple and easy to do. Be Yourself! There is no one like you so why would you try to change that. There is nothing wrong with seeing something that you like and incorporating it into your feed, but make it your own. Put your own personality in your pictures, you art, in anything that you do. I find that people tend to gravitate more towards those who are real and 100% themselves. You are your best asset.
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