3 Tips for Taking Instagram-Worthy Photos

3 Tips for Taking Instagram-Worthy Photos from North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

Struggling to make your Instagram photos pop? Don’t worry! Check out these three tips to make your photos stand out from the crowd.

1. Focus On Lighting

One of the most important factors of photography is understanding how light affects your photos. You do not want too much or too little light. Finding the sweet spot can be challenging at times, but not impossible. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Consider using natural light by standing next to windows
  • Take photos throughout the day to see when the best lighting occurs
  • Tap different focus areas and adjust the brightness to see what works best

Bonus Tip: Avoid overexposed photos. When posting your pictures, it is easier to edit an underexposed photo rather than an overexposed photo.

2. Try Different Angles

Using grid lines can help you line up your shots. If you are looking for an overhead or interior shot, you will want to match the grid lines so the items in your photo are parallel. However, do not feel the need to follow this every single time you snap a photo.

By using different angles in your photos, you might be able to capture a unique shot of your photo subject. Consider taking photos from all different angles to see what one is the most appealing for your needs.

Bonus Tip: If you are using a smartphone for an overhead shot, some phones have a crosshair that appears. You can use this to help you line up an overhead shot. 

3. Find the Perfect Backdrop

If you’re going for a specific aesthetic for your Instagram feed, you will want to consider the backdrops you use for your photos. However, you can make any location eye-catching if you spend time mastering the shot.

If you know the vibe or type of backdrop you want, but you do not know where to go, look up hashtags or locations on Instagram to get some ideas. This is great if you are traveling and are unfamiliar with the area.

Bonus Tip: Once you find the perfect backdrop, use burst shots instead of taking individual photos. Sometimes, photos are best captured in motion and seem more natural (especially if you are photographing people). 

Need Help With Your Photos?

While these tips can be helpful for everyday type shots, there are certain occasions where you may want to hire a professional photographer. Weddings, graduations, engagement photos, birthday parties, and more are situations where you want to be in the moment, not behind a camera. Hiring a professional photographer allows you to enjoy the day while still receiving the Instagram-worthy shots you are looking for! 

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