Like anything else in life, making your Instagram photos stand out in a crowd of millions of posts needs a little extra something. After all, your Instagram post is like a work of art. Anyone can sketch a few lines on paper in a matter of seconds and send it out into the world. But artwork that is memorable involves a little more thought towards composition, a little more effort to attain perfection. That’s the difference between the ordinary and the exceptional.
Devoting just a few more minutes to your Instagram contributions can vastly improve their quality. Here are five easy ways to make your Instagram photography and posts a whole lot better:
Yes, many Instagram captures are impulsive, spur of the moment captures. But most can be planned. Think square. Compose with care. Gauge the best time of day with ideal light for your subject. There’s a little bit of trial and error involved. The more you experiment, the better you will get at it. Study the posts of Instagram members you follow and admire. Why do they appeal to you? You remember them because they stand out for their artistic composition, their clever use of color and contrast. That’s a product of planning.
2. Camera selection
While smart phone cameras and the Instagram app have come a long way, the best photography is still the product of a real camera. Use one when you can and transfer your work to your mobile device. Here’s the quality succession for photography: camera trumps smart phone; smart phone trumps Instagram app. Most new digital cameras offer seamless upload options, so transferring photographs takes just a few seconds.
3. Taking multiple shots
Not every picture we click has that magical, evocative quality, despite what we might like to believe. So take multiple shots. Subtly vary the angle, the light and the composition. See what works better and post only the best capture. Weeding out the ordinary to showcase the extraordinary is something we subconsciously do in every other aspect of life. So why not in the world of Instagram?
This is a vital quality control step that no creative genius ever skips. Make it an integral part of your life on Instagram. There are many apps out there outside of Instagram that help you enhance and polish the appearance of your snapshots. From VSCO Cam to Afterlight, Photoshop to Lightroom, Filterstorm to Mextures, there is a host of editing options out there. Efficiency in this department can only come from experimentation and navigating all the options that these editing applications offer.
5. Keeping fun at the heart of it
While it’s important to keep these technical pointers in mind to get the best out of your Instagram experience, you shouldn’t forget to have fun with your posts. If you’re not excited about what you’re photographing, your creations will be dull and forgettable. Your enthusiasm for the subject adds an intangible but essential quality to your posts, so seek out what brings you joy.
Clearly, improving your Instagram photos doesn’t take very much. If you make these simple steps a regular part of your Instagram regimen, contributing high-quality and memorable posts will soon become second nature.