How To: Take the Perfect Instagram Photo

How To: Take the Perfect Instagram Photo

I get a lot of questions about how I take photos for Instagram, so I thought I'd break it down in a post. First things first, not all of my pictures are taken with my iPhone. I like to use a mix of images from my DSLR and phone camera, since I never know when I'll get the perfect shot.

I love a curated feed, so I'll admit that I'm a little selective about the images I put up. Before I share something, I think about whether or not it feels like me, if it's something worth sharing and how it helps to tell the overall story of our brand. It's easy to get caught up in social media trends,  so I like to pause and think, "Is this really me?"

LIGHTING 101

Lighting is key to capturing the perfect photo. Whether you're on your phone or using a DSLR, moving the subject around a bit and shooting a handful in a few different angles can help you find the perfect light. Once I feel out the angle, I try and take 10-20 shots for variety to narrow down which I like the best.

When it comes to editing photos, my go-to always is VSCO. I used to use a lot of the filter, but these days I’m really loving doing it myself with the traditional editing tool. I also really like Snapseed, which is the closest mobile tool to LightRoom (that's what I use to edit all my DSLR images on my laptop). If it’s a bright and airy image that could use some pop, I will explore a few filters in VSCO and Priiime, but not as much as I used to. I used to have certain filters I would always use, but that got a bit boring for me so I test out a bunch when I do use filter apps. I like experimenting with different filters that come together with cohesion. I'm much more a fan of a clean look that tends to err on the side of pink, which is flattering for skin tones.

My "perfect" photo is effortless, like I’m not trying too hard. I don’t like when things look overly-styled, and I find the best images are real and lived in. I’m personally drawn to raw and candid footage, so I try and remember that even when I am taking an “in the moment” but not really photo. I also love playing with color. To me, the color and the placement of the subjects is what makes a photo double-tap worthy.

So remember: play with your lighting, stick to your own style and aesthetic and have fun with it! It's ok to curate your feed, but people are drawn to what’s real. There are so many posed, overly-styled feeds out there, so be the one that stands out!

I also shared this post on choosing the right DSLR if you're interested in learning more about photography and taking better pictures.

MY FAVORITE, EVERYDAY CAMERA AND LENS

Eric and I get this question a lot, so I’m excited to have it up on the blog to reference going forward! I use a NIKON D7100 and my 35mm lens. These two are a powerful and versatile combination, I hardly use any other lenses. I also have my iPhone 7, which takes great photos on the go. If you have a small budget, the NIKON D3400 or CANON EOS REBEL T5 are great starter cameras and the quality of the pictures is great. Eric uses a NIKON D750, which is a full-sensor camera and great if you're looking for something more advanced.

If you have questions about buying a camera, editing photos or finding the perfect lens, shoot us an email at aceandcamp (at) gmail.com and we'd be happy to help!

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