Every Instagram influencer aims to improve his or her photography, and sometimes it only takes some really simple tricks or tips to make a difference. Here are 8 easy photography tips that will drastically improve all your selfies and Instagram pics.
Shoot when light is most dramatic
If you are shooting outdoors, there are certain times when light is better than others. If the day isn’t overcast (these conditions can also be good by the way, so don’t avoid going out on these days for photos) you will want to avoid the middle afternoon hours. During these times the sun is it at its brightest and highest point, washing out shadow, and color.
For optimum saturation, lighting and shadows (contrast), aim to shoot in the early AM or late afternoon as the sun is at a far steeper angle, colors will be better and drama will be easier to achieve in your shots with deeper, longer shadows and gentle highlights. Shooting at these times will definitely improve your photographs.
Avoid horizons in the middle (rule of thirds)
You may have heard of the Rule of Thirds, so consider where your horizon line falls and avoid having them split your frame in the middle. Remembering to not do this will instantly make your photos vastly more professional; this is one of the more common mistakes made by those new to photography and art.
Try to keep the sun behind you
Try not to shoot into the sun, unless you really know what you are doing, and have the proper filters. Have fun with cast shadows, but just beware your own shadow, unless you want it in your composition!
Simple compositions are often more desirable than complex ones. Try to eliminate (if at all possible) background or surrounding elements that may interfere with your subject.
Examine every angle
Don’t just take one shot of your butt, move around it, all around it, up, down, etc. If you want to improve your photographs, examine your body from as many different angles as possible, these explorations often produce unique abstractions and exciting photos for your fans.
A bit of motion blur can tell so much, nearly bridging that gap between picture and video. Play with your shutter speed (we’re assuming you’ve invested in proper photography equipment if you’re reading influencer field literature) settings to create blurs in things that may be barely noticeable or use it to exaggerate movement. Consider also panning the camera to capture a moving object and keeping the background in a motion blur.
Use framing for more interesting compositions
The camera view-finder is a frame of sorts, but using a frame within a scene to frame the subject, can take a normal shot to something really intriguing. This technique can really help focus attention toward your body and take out background distractions as well. Use windows, tunnels, archways, or anything you can imagine to frame your body in interesting ways.
There are some truly amazing and clever photographs of reflections that create surreal compositions, either through tricky distortions, or illusory depth, etc. Practice with this, it will become a powerful tool in your photographic composition toolbox that will set you apart from all the other influencers. Reach the next level!