5 Tips To Capture A Picture Perfect Instagram Photo This Summer

In How To, Social Media by UFSocial Staff

by Casey Grenet, UFSocial Contributor

Words and images by #UF6725 student Casey Grenet

Whether you’re on a tropical vacation, you’re wandering through the streets of Europe or chilling out at home this summer, here are 5 tips to take picture perfect Instagram snaps.


1. Light it up:

Vibrant lighting allows for a clear photo, and dim lighting makes photos appear grainy. Try to take a photo when the sun is strongest. It is best to take a photo when the sun is directly overhead or shining towards the object you are photographing.

2. Get High:

If you are unable to find good lighting or you are experiencing backlit scenery, use the High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature on your Android or iPhone camera. This feature will brighten up the photo without making the over lit areas look washed out.

3. Set The Stage:

Staging is key. For a classic photo, stage the main object in the center of the screen.

Tap your screen on the object to focus it. To add a little more dimension to your photo, try staging the main object you are focusing on to the right or left of the screen. Again, tap the object to focus it. When you are unsure of what you want to focus on, capture the photo and crop it in the Instagram app.

Do not zoom, EVER!

4. Party of Three:

Use a third party app to process your photos. The key is not to over process! You want your image to acquire a slight boost of color and clarity but not to look too fake.

A few popular apps are Camera+ for iPhone and VSCOcam for Android and iPhones.

5. 50 Shades of Filters:

If using a third party app to process your photos, be careful about which filters you use on Instagram. Use filters to add a mood to your photo. For scenery photos, try to keep it simple.

The Sierra filter creates a soft, daydreamy look to your photo. Lo-Fi adds a dramatic look by enhancing shadows and enriching colors. Nashville adds a retro feel to your photo by adding pink and purple tones.

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