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2019 Instagram Photography Tips

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Nowadays when it comes to posting on Instagram, a simple setup using your phone’s camera could achieve almost professional-like results. In this article, we are going to talk about some essential tips that will help take your photography game to the next level!

Everything from Photo Editing to Finding the Right Caption

Step 1: How To Take Good Instagram Photos of Yourself

It’s all about the pose, the lighting and the background. First off, the pose. Use ideas from your favorite Instagram models. Generally speaking, I like to use the “looking off into the distance” pose. This one is best used when you are outdoors and in cool public places like in this photo. 

For these photos, I would suggest getting a tripod with remote photo snapping. Or if you have a good friend, ask them for help. Then there’s the typical duck face, kissy face, model pout, fish gape, hair curtain, etc.

I’m sure you will see these all the time. Once you have a pose picked out and a background set, you need to make sure you have the right lighting. Natural lighting is the best kind of lighting. I’m sure you’ve heard of “golden hour,” which is right as the sun is about to set and everything just looks magical and perfect. This is the best time to take a photo of yourself.

If you’re too late for golden hour, there’s always the opportunity of using a ring light. Honestly, ring lights are Gods gift to the lighting impaired. I would suggest using one that is LED just cause the light is just enough to grasp the perfect photo, while also saving you tons of money on your electricity bill. Thank Heavens for energy efficient lighting.

If you’re too late for golden hour, there’s always the opportunity of using a ring light. Honestly, ring lights are Gods gift to the lighting impaired. I would suggest using one that is LED just cause the light is just enough to grasp the perfect photo, while also saving you tons of money on your electricity bill. Thank Heavens for energy-efficient lighting.

 Step 2: Instagram Photo Editing Apps

There is always going to be something that you want to adjust with your photo whether it is the lighting, your makeup, the filter, the theme, the list goes on. Photo editing apps were created just for this reason. Here are my TOP 5 personal favorites.

 5) PICSART – Add Stickers | Use Templates | Try Filters | Use Brushes |Create Collages | Remove Objects.

 This app is an all in one fave. I love it mostly for the cool and artistic filters it offers. Whether it’s adding a sketch effect or just getting the colors right this is the app to use. It’s also kind of like Photoshop if you know how to use it right.

4) INSTASIZE – Add Filters| Add Backgrounds| Create The Perfect Format | Make A Collage | Control Color.

This app is great for getting your photos in the right format for every platform. I use this one to make sure my photos will fit perfectly into my Instagram theme.

3) CANVA – Create Designs | Use Templates | Design Logos and Flyers | Magic Resize | Images with Text | Bring Your Brand to Life.

This app is perfect for creating the perfect InstaStories. The templates they have are absolutely gorgeous and it is extremely user-friendly. On top of that, if you have a brand or are a brand ambassador this app will make your life so much easier. 

2) VSCO – Professional Editing Tools | Advanced Presets | Expression | Community. 

This app is kind of like it’s own version of Instagram, but with better presets. It is also mentioned a lot recently on the app TikTok aka Musical.ly for it’s high quality aesthetics.

 1) MAKEUPPLUS – Live Makeup | AR Glam | Vibrant Hair Colors | Looks By Your Faves.

If you’ve ever had a “bad face” day, this is the app for you. Not only can you fix your makeup but you can even play around with your hair color. For the girls with short eyelashes, this can give you the perfect volume. For the girl just trying to figure out what color to dye their hair next, you can test all of the shades of the rainbow. For the girl wanting to add aesthetic freckles to your already beautiful look, this gives you that grand opportunity. Overall this is a must-have app.

Step 3: Finding The Perfect Caption 

Now that you’re posing like a model in golden hour and editing your photo to perfection, it is time to upload and add a caption.

If you’re anything like me, then you probably have been swiping through Instagram fawning over all of the perfectly worded captions in your feed. You’ve already gone through Pinterest searching up quotes that would match your photo, but it is just way too cheesy or doesn’t quite fit. All of this to say just quit looking to everyone else when you already have your own voice.

Your audience, although I’m sure they love reading your Taylor Swift lyric snippets on your photos, would rather hear what you have to say. Your ideas are original. They are unique to you. Nobody else has the same things to say as you and that is what will make the perfect caption. Here are some personal examples.

Make sure not to create too long of a caption. With the way that the gram is set up, they might not be able to see the whole thing without clicking the “see more” button. If you want to make it even more fun you can add fun little emoji’s or symbols to fully express yourself and your unique style.

 

Now That You Have The Steps 

It’s your turn to shine! Create beautiful photos for both #selfies , #fashion , #travel and more! Edit them with finesse, cool presets and maybe some voluminous lashes. Give them a fun and original caption that will make your friends jealous. Upload them to the greatest app on the Internet for everyone to see and admire.

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