Friday, 16 January 2015

How to Take Instagram Photos - My Tips & Tricks


One of the most asked question that I get e-mailed to me is in regards to my Instagram photos - specifically how I take and edit the Instagram photos in my feed.  I love getting your feedback and, while I'm certainly not an expert, I do enjoy taking and editing photos for my Instagram. My pattern for photos is pretty consistent, and I've developed a few tips and tricks along the way that I would love to share with you.

Wipe off your Phone's Camera Lens


It seems insignificant, but cleaning your phone's camera lens before you take a photo makes an enormous difference in the clarity and crispness of a picture.  I try to carry a fibre less cloth for this exact purpose, but honestly even just giving the lens on my phone a quick wipe with my shirt before I take a photo with my phone makes a world of a difference.

Take Every Photos in Natural Daylight


After wiping the lens of my camera, making the conscious decision to take every photo that I post on Instagram in daylight has made the biggest difference in the quality of my pictures.  Shooting in daylight gives you a sharper image, more vibrant colours and generally a more visually appealing photo.  This can be hard during the winter months, so I will generally either take the majority of my Instagram photos during the weekends or when I'm out and about on my lunch break.  After getting the perfect photo on my phone, the next thing that I do is some quick edition before I post to Instagram.

It's All About Your Apps




Gone are my days of slapping a generic Instagram filter onto a photo and posting.  Now I rely on a few other apps to get a more subtle effect for my pictures - specifically VSCO Cam.  Seriously, if you're an Instagram addict like myself and don't have this powerful editing app then I insist that you stop reading and download it immediately!  VSCO cam is incredibly popular for it's unique filters that give your photos a professional quality, and the ability to control the intensity of the filter.  I tend to use S2 and S3 the most, since they give a brightness to photos and saturate the colours nicely.  You can also do some basic editing such as adjusting brightness, contrast and temperature - among many others.  I also have a few other photo editing apps on heavy rotation: Diptic for creating collages, SquareFX for cropping photos into the Instagram friendly square, and Facetune for perfecting a selfie.

Don't Be Afraid to Ask For Help

I feel as though the quality of my Instagram photos increased tenfold when I basically lost all shame in asking people to take photos for me.  I'm extremely lucky to have an incredibly patient husband who takes most of my photos without too much fuss, but I have also had friends take outfit shots when we're out and about - and have even had my mom teetering on a chair to take an aerial shot from above.  You feel silly asking at first, but having the people around you take photos for you is incredibly helpful in the quality and diversity of the images that you can produce  Plus in my experience friends and family are happy to be included, and it's fun!

Tag Relavant Brands

My last tip that I try to use for all of my photos is to tag any relevant brands that are being used in the picture.  For example, in the photo below I tagged Chapters Indigo as the mug since that is where I got it from.  Tagging relevant brands not only lets your followers know where your purchased any clothing or items in your photos, but also automatically includes your photo into the 'tagged photos' tab of that particular account, giving your picture some more exposure.  Tagging brands also alerts them that you have posted a photo featuring one of their items, and they may chose to repost the photos on their own Instagram account- huge exposure, which leads to more followers!


There you have it, my Instagram practices that I use with every photo posted.  What are some of your best Instagram tips?  Please share with me, as I would love to know! Also if you aren't already, please follow me on Instagram - I would love to get connected with you!

xo Joëlle
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    1. Thanks! Try it next time you take a photo - you would be surprised at what a difference it makes!

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  2. It never occurred to me to wipe the camera lens, fab tip :)
    xxx Claire
    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks Claire, I'm glad you like them! Let me know if you think that wiping the lens makes a difference!

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  3. Awesome tips! I always love your clean IG pics. Always so perfect!

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    1. Thanks Christine, I'm so glad that you like them!

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  4. My mom won't admit it, but she secretly loves taking photos of my for the blog/Instagram ;)

    Kris | Love. Loft. Life.

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    1. HAHA same with mine! She likes to track how many 'likes' her photo gets ;)

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  5. Such great tips, I will definitely be using all of these!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

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    1. I'm so glad that you liked my tips Maddy! Let me know how they go for you!

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  6. Great advice! I have yet to use the VSCO app but I keep seeing it everywhere! I've been hooked on Afterlite for so long now that it's always my go to editing app!

    http://moonlightchai.com

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    1. I tried after light, but truth be told I couldn't figure it out for the life of me! Haha, I guess it's just whatever you're used to!

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  7. VSCO Cam is the most helpful app ever! I'm going to go checkout the Facetune one because I've never heard of it. Thanks!

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