How to shoot amazing Instagram photos

If you want to step up your Instagram game, take better photos and curate an enviable feed, who better to ask for advice than professional bloggers acing the game? It's important that all tricks of the trade be accessible to everyone, not just photographers with professional photo equipment and an MBA in Photoshop.  We reached out to the the pros and asked for foolproof tips that you can start implementing today. Here's our favorite simple tricks to get your content looking great, quickly. Grab your iphones and put these tools to work! 

TIP 1:  CLEAN YOUR LENS

You already know this, but it always helps to be reminded. We never really keep track of how much our phone is being touched. Dirt, dust, oils, and lotions can be smudged onto the lense and be the culprit for blurry photos. Be sure to wipe off the lens with a soft cloth.

TIP 2: CHOOSE A CLEAN BACKGROUND

The background you choose shouldn’t take away from what you want to share. So, I suggest a simple background: a pink wall, marble tile, cushion or an outfit detail.    

 

 

TIP 3: SHOOT BY THE WINDOW

 

The best light to capture your beautiful work is with natural light. Natural even light is helps you capture clear and focused photos. Head towards the window to use the beautiful natural lighting coming through.

TIP 4: SHOOT IN SQUARE MODE

Instagram photos display in square mode, so capturing your nail work in square mode will help you capture everything you want featured. Also, cropping photos makes them blurry, so if you shoot in square, no necessary cropping is needed.

TIP 5: DON’T USE INSTAGRAM APP TO TAKE PHOTOS

When you snap your photo you want have options, so using the camera (not the instagram app) is the best way to ensure you’re take more than 1 picture.

TIP 6:  HAVE A STEADY HAND

The smallest movement can create a super blurry shot, which can prevent your nail work from standing out. Try your best to have a steady hand.   

 

"It's important that all tricks of the trade be accessible to everyone, not just photographers with professional photo equipment and an MBA in Photoshop."

Heather Catania