How To Take Better Instagram Photos

Call us narcissistic, but there is something strangely satisfying about getting several ‘likes’ on your Instagram posts. If yours have been waning in popularity of late, take tips from MyDomaine.com.

They’ve called on the hottest visual and photography experts to find out how to get the most out of everyone's favourite photo-sharing social network and make your snaps as admired as ever.

Take notes and you’ll be a mere seven steps away from Instagram greatness…

It's All About the Light

"Be mindful of light," says photographer and director Justin Coit. "I always try to brighten the image using the focus rectangle on my phone to expose the darkest areas of the frame." Natural light is great for photo taking, especially during the first and last hours of the day. The low-lying sun creates a flattering glow leading to sharper photos. Of course if the perfect moment presents itself, snap away, just try to use natural light to illuminate your subject as much as possible.

Switch Your Focus

Avoid the selective blur tool in Instagram for interior shots and instead draw attention to your chosen subject by manipulating your camera's point of focus. To draw attention to small details and vignettes, get in there. Most smartphones capture great images from as close as three to six inches so try taking photos with your intended subject up close letting the objects in the background blur.

 

Be Aware of Angles

"Pay attention to your angles," Coit suggests. "Make sure you don't shoot angled too far up or down as to throw off the lines in the image. In my interiors work, I always make sure every line from a window frame or wall is perfectly vertical." If you happened to snap something on the go, use the editing tools in your phone's camera or an image editing app to reposition your image and straighten out your lines before cropping.

 

Don't Zoom

If you can, avoid the zoom function on your smartphone when taking photos. Instead, take the photo from the natural distance and then crop the image to hone in on your selected subject. Your photo will likely be sharper and brighter than if you had zoomed in for the same effect.

 

Rethink Your Perspective

"When shooting furniture, get low," says Domaine's Editorial Director Mat Sanders. "Rooms often look best when shot just above the level of the seat or table surface." Diversify your perspective and experiment by looking at your subject from different angles. Stand on a chair or your sofa for views from above - great for table settings or styled surfaces.  

 

Be Mindful of the Small Stuff

All the experts agree, small details make for powerful images. "Sometimes you can tell the story of the room by capturing a perfect, small vignette as opposed to struggling to get everything in the room in one shot," Coit says. "Focusing on a vignette or portion of the room will look great in that square crop," Sanders agrees. "It's okay to add or remove something to make the composition stronger," celebrity and interiors photographer Douglas Friedman adds. With that in mind, be sure to pay attention to your backgrounds. The shot of your peony bouquet and beautiful candle is lovely but we can still see the slightly-blurry pile of laundry in the background.

 

Don't Rush It 

"Spend time composing the picture," Friedman suggests. "Respect your followers and take your time. Pay attention to the details. Treat every picture you take as if it was the only one you could ever show the world." Be patient when working on the perfect capture and limit your posting to only those images that are truly great. "There's nothing more annoying than someone that posts ten pictures in a row of the same thing (or anything for that matter)," Friedman shares.

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