With over 600 million monthly active users, it can be quite the challenge to stand out from the crowd on Instagram. We can’t all be professional photographers raking in hundreds of thousands of likes every week, but if you follow these 5 tips you might see an increase in the popularity of your grams.
- Use a proper camera to take your photos. Ever wondered how some people get those perfectly crisp shots of exceptional quality, whilst yours look like shit? Those people are most likely using a standalone camera to take their photos, and then transferring them to their phone to upload them. It might seem like a big investment to buy a camera just to increase your Instagram skills, but if you’re really serious about upping your Instagram game then it’s a necessary purchase. You don’t need to go and spend crazy amounts, a quick google search of beginner digital cameras should point you in the right direction.
- Take advantage of the golden hour. “What is the golden hour?” I hear you ask. The golden hour is that sweet spot in the day when the lighting just seems too good to be true. It actually occurs twice a day, so I guess golden hours is a more accurate description. Just after sunrise and just before sunset is what you’re aiming for. This can make all the difference to your photos. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it’s worth getting out of bed for.
- Spend time editing your pics. Thankfully Instagram makes this one easy for you, as it supplies countless predetermined filters to spice up your photos. For the most part these are pretty good, but if you really want to take things to the next level you should try taking the editing into your own hands. Instagram supplies methods of doing custom edits within the app as well, but I like to use external apps such as Adobe Lightroom, which have more options and features.
- Tell a story. This one is pretty cheesy but if you think about it all the best shots you see on Instagram are telling a story. When I say tell a story, I don’t mean write a mini story in the description. It’s ok to do that, and sometimes it can add a deeper element to your post, but what I’m talking about is telling a story with the photograph itself. How do you tell a story with a photograph? The easiest way is to convey an emotion. The obvious choices are happiness and sadness, but an excellent shot can convey all kinds of emotions. You want to make the viewer feel something when they look at your photo.
- Draw inspiration from others. Try and find some accounts that impress you and check out what their content is like. Follow them and keep your eyes on what they are doing. Thanks to Instagram’s handy algorithms, this will make more photos of a similar calibre/theme show up on your discover feed. It’s okay to mimic their style. Keep practicing and eventually you will develop a style of your own. If you post regular, high-quality content then perhaps one day you will be the one inspiring others.
And that’s all I’ve got. If you enjoy using Instagram then perhaps you’ll enjoy using our app, Bounce It. It’s also a photo sharing app, but has a unique twist. You can check it out here.