I tweeted the other day that I – Mattie Jerusha James – am an Instagram snob. I’ve come to terms with this. So much that I thought it would be fun to share what I think makes a good Instagram photo. Of course, when we all first started off on everyone’s favorite photo sharing app, we were all rusty because we were amateurs. But I’ve taken note from some of my Instagram photos to share with you 10 ways to make your Instagram photos more interesting.
(Now that you know it, promise to use my government name only in positive reinforcement.)
Food should usually be shot from above.
Whenever you shoot food straight down, there a 95% chance it will look better than taking it from the side. I just made that statistic up, but really. Knock it off with gross, up close food pics.
Beauty shots are best received with the flash on.
Whenever I have a really good face (make up) day, I feel compelled to share it with my Instagram followers. Whenever I use the flash, my makeup looks stellar and then the IG filters really compliment it.
Use a third party app to enhance photos before filter.
My go to: Afterglow.
Simple details shot beautifully go far.
When you’re focused on the simplicity of an object, it makes for an impeccable subject. Don’t be afraid of shooting something alone in a simple setting to get a stunner of an IG picture.
Don’t be afraid to get wordy.
Quotes are one of my favorite things to share on Instagram. While many people think they should stay on Twitter or Pinterest, cool typography with even cooler messages are aesthetically pleasing.
More faces are better than one.
Bust out that collage app (Picstitch is my fave), get candid and share. Whether you’re doing the mirror effect with two copies of a photo or serving us a variety of faces, people don’t want to be bored. Multiple looks of a photo is a good way to keep them interested while creating interesting pics.
Oh and PS – The X Pro II filter is the best ever. Really pulls out the color in the picture.