You superstar instagramers probably don’t need us to give you tips to take the perfect picture for your feed…but maybe your mom or bff who you make take so many of your shots could use a little schooling on the subject. We are happy to help. Here, some info and dos and don’ts on how, when and where to snap a shot. Use these tips to take the perfect picture this holiday season and beyond!
Use the right camera is the most fundamental of tips to take the perfect picture
Don’t take photos in Instagram app. Use the camera on your phone or a digital camera
Shoot in natural light
Do, when possible, shoot in natural light, meaning outdoors rather than indoors or by a door or window.
Wait for the best time
Do try to wait for the “best light” times of day—early morning and late afternoon—to avoid shadows and sunny overexposure. Overcast days are very good days to shoot as well.
Make shots horizontal
Do take horizontal pictures for easy editing later.
Don’t shoot in square
Don’t take shots in square mode because it limits editing capabilities.
Take multiple shots
Do use bursts or rapid fire snapping to capture the best expression/moment.
Shoot multiple angles
Do take shots from different angles to get the right one.
Consider the background
Do choose your background wisely. Shoot against a white or solid background. Shoot against a carefully chosen graphic background. Blur the background in a crowd, against buildings, in nature etc (or do after the fact in editing app).
Edit your pics
Know that blue pics get more likes
Do adjust temperature when editing If the lighting is yellow, to be a bit more blue.
Don’t be scared to focus on a point of interest, whether you, an accessory, a product etc.
Make shots balanced
Do use symmetry in your shots to establish focal point.
Focus on subject
Don’t forget to tap on frame to lock focus and exposure—iPhones tend to overexpose shots so this way it won’t blow out color that you cannot fix in editing
Master the selfie
Don’t mess up selfies. If taking one, always hold camera with the same hand as your “good” side!
Go beyond the selfie
Do take self-portraits or portraits rather than selfies only. If no one is around to snap your picture, use a tripod and a timer and be your own creative director!
Plan your shot
Do think about composition. Think of your photo in thirds—“separate” it into three vertical areas. This will help know what’s in the frame and how the focus can either be center, right or left
Fashion from the top
Do consider shooting from a birds-eye view to bring outfit into view while highlighting accessories