Photography Tips for Your Instagram

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Social media can figuratively be considered an art form when trying to standout on news feeds and acquire engagement. For the photo-sharing platform Instagram, social media is literally art. While the filters have stayed the same, Instagram added editing features to further establish itself as an artistic platform. And for your best pictures, keep up with Instagram’s Weekend Hashtag Project. Every Thursday a new hashtag is created so users can share pictures about the same subject, then perhaps have their photograph showcased on Instagram’s blog.

A smartphone camera doesn’t limit your creativity! Learn photography strategies to help you earn those doubles.

Before the photo

Find diagonals

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While horizontal and vertical lines suggest stability, diagonal lines suggest movement. If you’re taking a picture of architecture, look to position the camera so the lines stretch across the picture rather than lying flat.  

Consider the foreground

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Sunset pictures can start to get boring on newsfeeds. To avoid cliches, capture moments. People in the foreground can bring a traditional subject to life.

Look for repetition

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Repetition, whether in nature or architecture, can be a beautiful subject. This may require taking a close up, but finding and sharing those details are worthwhile. 

Play with the focus

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On your smartphone, tap your screen to refocus the camera. Try blurring the background to make your subject stand out.

After the photo


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Exposure can adjust the picture’s lighting. When photographing food, increase the exposure to brighten the subject so it looks even more appetizing.


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To add a more vintage or romantic feel, use the vignette tool to darken the corners. This will draw the eye to the subject of your picture without the rigid edges of a square Instagram.


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When playing with the color of a photo, look to intensify pleasing color combinations. Think of colors opposite of each other on the color wheel for extra drama.


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Highlight a contrast in textures with this tool. This works best for non-human subjects, like food. 


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