Tips to Take the Perfect Picture

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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

Do go beyond Instagram filters to edit photos, like VSCO, Snapseed, TouchRetouch and AfterFocus.

Know that blue pics get more likes

Do adjust temperature when editing If the lighting is yellow, to be a bit more blue.

Hone in

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