These days Instagram users and especially bloggers, have some serious pro-quality photos that leave you envious and makes your feed look sad when you compare to theirs. With everyone using Instagram on a daily basis we are all looking for ways to keep our followers interested.
Whether you’re photographing the avocado toast, you are having for lunch, or the choc outfit of the day, or how you managed to beat addiction to cocaine, you can also do it as your favorite blogger does it. Here are some Instagram photography tips and tricks you can use the next time you’re taking photos:
Organization is Crucial
When you are taking a picture, you need to make sure that the entire frame of the photograph is together before shooting it. Make sure that everything is clean if you are shooting a flatlay. If you are shooting an outfit then you need to make sure that there is no visible trash on the ground near you or anything that may be distracting.
The perfection of the photo is all in the details. Also when you’re shooting a picture of an outfit opt for a simple background to make the costume the main attraction of the photo. A simple background makes the details of the outfit pop.
It’s Okay Not To Include All The Details in The Frame
Sometimes trying to fit everything in the photo makes it look crumbled. So rather than shooting the items you want to capture head-on and fix the entire item in the frame, you can cut off the sides and create a more enticing and appealing photo. Make sure you play along with angles.
Always Find the Perfect Lighting
The right lighting makes the perfect photo. Not everyone understands the essence of finding good lighting when creating pictures. The best photos are captured in natural light. Whether that means opening the blinds in your house or going outside, make sure you take your shot in natural light.
Make Use of Bright Colors
People tend to scroll their feed fast. So if you want to capture their attention, you need to use color, bright colors. Whether it is a colorful graffiti wall you captured in the city or beautifully coordinated pastels, bright colors will definitely earn you more likes.
Always Add Texture
Instead of a plain white background each time you take a photo, consider playing with a texture like a fur, blankets, and even rugs. Fun textures tend to add a cool touch and also help add to the story you are trying to tell with your photo.
Create a Theme
Showing relaxed items adds the perfect extra something to your photo even if you are focusing on a picture of your pair of shoes. For example, if you want to show off your new neon green sneakers, you can add a touch of matching green tennis balls to create the desired story and add a pop of color to your photo.
Play with The Birds-eye View
Otherwise known as the flatlay. When it comes to Instagram photos, birds-view shooting has a bonus because it helps eliminate pesky shadows.
How Can You Get More Likes and Followers on Instagram?
Instagram is a lot more fun when you have many people following you! Like any other social media platforms, the more followers you have, the more likes you get. Anyone in the social media culture knows that being Instagram famous is actually a big thing.
Leverage Your Instagram Bio
The first thing people look at when they come across your page, especially if you have a private account, is your bio. Use the bio space to define yourself in simple words and add links to your blog or other social media pages.
Make Your Posts Timely
You need to consider your audience’s time zones for you to figure out what time most people will be likely to see your post. Most Instagram users log in on their way to work or school, which is in the morning and evening.
Therefore you need to figure out which are the best times to post your photos. The least favorable time is in the middle of the night because, by the time your followers see it, it is buried into their feeds. If you are active enough, you can post throughout the day.
Jump onto The Hashtags Wagon
Using popular hashtags will make your photos and post more visible even to people who do not follow you. Get on the bandwagon of trendy hashtags like #tbt #ootd #instagood and the likes. If you have no idea which hashtags are popular, just Google.
However, limit the hashtags. Too many hashtags might put off your follows. Putting a hashtag paragraph below your caption makes the post unappealing. Limit the hashtags to 2-3 relevant hashtags.
Host an Instagram Content
This will be a great way to engage with your existing followers as well as get new followers fast. Instagram is one of the platforms where contests are popular, leverage that.
Share Candid Shots
People do not like to see polished images all the time, they also prefer images that are less edited and more relatable.
Ask Questions Using Photo Captions
One way that will guarantee more likes on your photos is using the photo’s caption to ask an interesting question. Your follows will dive into your comment section and like the photo while at it.
Show Love to Your Followers
When a follower likes many of your posts, show some love by shouting them out. You can snap the likes feed, post it, and then tag them with an appreciation message. You will be surprised how an act of appreciation gets you more followers.
Use Instagram Videos
Videos have become the latest and most popular means to engage your fans and followers. With the new live video segment, you can even engage directly with your followers. It makes you bond more with them and makes it easier for them to associate with you.
People like following people that follow them back! Some followers tend to unfollow you after a couple of days if they notice that you didn’t follow them back. Therefore, if you are looking to gain more followers and keep it that way, you might have to follow back, unless you are a celebrity then you don’t really have to.