10 Ways To Make Your Instagram Photos More Interesting

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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.)

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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.

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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.

Mattieologie: Ways To Make Your Instagram Photos More Interesting

Mattieologie: 10 Ways To Make Your Instagram Photos More Interesting
Selfies should never be straight on.
Your face always looks rounder or bigger than it is when you do. Always turn or tilt your head slightly. You’ll thank me later.

Mattieologie: 10 Ways To Make Your Instagram Photos More Interesting

Mattieologie: 10 Ways To Make Your Instagram Photos More Interesting
The details down under are interesting.
Pan your phone down and let’s see those shoes and what you wore. Seems simple but they make for some dope photos.

Mattieologie: 10 Ways To Make Your Instagram Photos More Interesting

Mattieologie: 10 Ways To Make Your Instagram Photos More Interesting
Personality helps capture the moment.
Sometimes it’s not about you or an object. Sometimes is all about how you feel in that moment that can be captivating.

Mattieologie: 10 Ways To Make Your Instagram Photos More Interesting
Get other people involved.
Get another human being in photos with you. It let’s other people know you have contact with other life forms.

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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.

Mattieologie: 10 Ways To Make Your Instagram Photos More Interesting
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.

Mattieologie: 10 Ways To Make Your Instagram Photos More Interesting

Mattieologie: 10 Ways To Make Your Instagram Photos More Interesting
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.

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14 Responses to 10 Ways To Make Your Instagram Photos More Interesting

  1. I’m here for EVERYTHING but “word” instas. Nope nope nope. Bye. Quickest way to get an unfollow from me. If you didn’t take it I don’t wanna see it on instagram lol. I don’t even wanna see it on twitter. Ish belongs on tumblr and pinterest I guess. Obviously YOU get a pass, but everybody else…PEACE.

  2. soooo i gotta try this afterglow app out…yes m’am! great tips Mattie Matt! ;)

  3. I am guilty of using the same face in every pic… Thanks for the tips– I shall try them out.

  4. I’m definitely going to try some of these tatics! Hopefully it will help me grow my followers! Whats your Instagram name? I’m gonna follow you!!

  5. Love this post and love your blog, thank you for these tips :)

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  7. Love this! Great Post :)

  8. I LOVE THIS POSTING! And totally agree with the flash photog for makeup insties and my food never looks as good as yours for some reason. I think I’m eating at the wrong places…

    hugs, Jennifer

  9. Runs to get Afterglow app….. You instagram is awesome by the way Mattie…. I am currently focusing on reconfiguring mine so that I can rank up there with the inst-pros like YOU, Blake Von D, Gabi Fresh… well I could go on… In short THUMBS UP!

  10. Candace Belle

    Being an IG novice myself I’m definitely taking notes! It is a talent to have taking pics for IG. This makes it achievable. Thanks for posting. Very informative!

    http://www.thestyleclimber.com

  11. Love this post I’m so serious about my Instagram pics !!!!

  12. You encouraged me to post a picture of my shoes in a scenic atmosphere.

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  14. I love these tips, I will be including them in my Insta life.

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