Instagram can be more than just a place where you stack your selfies. It can be your personal storyboard. Tell your tale the way it deserves to be told through these Instagram hacks that will turn your photo depository into a well-curated feed.
1. Have a unifying theme.
There’s nothing wrong with making your Instagram account a mish-mash of everything you love, but if you’re looking to level it up, back it up with one consistent theme. It could be about your hobbies or interests, or moments that you find extraordinary.
2. Streamline your filters.
It’s not only your theme that makes your feed cohesive. Proper use of filters can also do the trick. Many of the best Instagram feeds focus only on one filter.
3. Always get good lighting.
Filters can enhance photos, but with the proper lighting, you won’t even need to use them. The best way is to shoot is in natural light, but it also pays to know some of the basic rules of lighting as noted by Popular Photography:
- a broader light source results in softer lighting;
- a front light source de-emphasizes features and textures, while lighting from any other angle emphasizes them; and
- shadow creates volume and depth.
4. Crop your photos properly.
Cropping not only zooms in on the subject but also helps tell a story.
5. Consider your backgrounds.
Backgrounds can either make or ruin a shot. Make sure that you choose one that compliments your subject. White space gives your viewer’s eyes an area to rest.
6. Take advantage of the portrait mode.
Last year's release of the portrait mode on Instagram opened up a lot of options for expression for mobile photographers. Don’t shy away from it–you can create both a sense of tightness or vastness with the proper angle.
7. Snap away!
Unlike film photography where you only have one chance to take a shot, mobile photography gives you the chance to take several to see which one works best, so take advantage of it!
9. Watch out for moments.
Moments don’t always happen in the nicest places, but if you keep your eyes open, you’ll find beauty in the ordinary.