Why Instagram? 5 Tips for Beginners

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Wonder what the kids are up to? Check out their Instagram feeds. Better yet, make your own. While Twitter is a dying platform according to social media experts, and necessary privacy issues/stricter features are keeping folks off Facebook, Instagram is on the rise. The photo-based app can only be used on a smartphone, though browsing through someone’s feed is possible on a desktop.

 

Why do people like “Insta”? Because it’s FUN and positive – beautiful pictures of friends and places, food and faces, and celebrity snaps. It’s also a wonderful way to see what’s happening in the photography and art world by following art institutions and magazines – or your favorite photographer. Here’s how to get started – and remember – you can set your privacy on this platform or not, it’s up to you.

 

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2018 iPhone Photography Awards

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Winners of the 11th annual competition were announced today. The contest (not affiliated with Apple) celebrates the quality of camerawork mastered by iPhone users. This year, submissions included less selfies and food photos, focusing more on faraway places and capturing the human experience.

 

Competition founder Kenan Aktulun told the Wall Street Journal, “I don’t think iPhones will replace other cameras, but users are definitely getting more fluent in visual storytelling.”

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5 Tips for Indoor Photography

Are you feeling frustrated with indoor photography? Here are some ideas to help make your indoor photos look better:indoor photography

 

Take advantage of daylight.  Shoot your photos wherever sunlight is available, whether that’s by a window or a doorway. Take note of what kind of light enters each room throughout the day. You’ll notice that sunlight has a warmer look at sunrise and sunset. At midday, it has a cooler or neutral color. Use this to add different effects to your photos.

 

Use a reflector!  Not only is this one of the cheapest pieces of equipment you can buy, but it is also one of the easiest pieces of equipment you can make yourself! Here’s how you make a reflector:

Step 1: Get a blank piece of white poster board or paper.

Step 2: Have someone reflect it on your subject!

That’s it!

 

Blank white paper can provide you with a lovely, soft fill source for any shadows on your subject, and helps give your photograph a professional look. If you need something stronger, use a piece of tinfoil to cover that piece of paper.

 

Avoid direct overhead lighting. Make sure your subject takes a few steps away from the light source so that it bounces from the floor onto your subject instead. Direct overhead lighting often casts unflattering shadows.

 

Turn off your flash. This is along the same lines as the previous suggestion, because the flash on your camera can result in a washed out, unflattering photograph if you use it indoors.  Avoid it at all costs, even if you need to raise the ISO.

 

Pay attention to the details.  Whether you’re photographing a group of friends in your living room or working on a paid architecture gig, the details matter!  Look at the countertops — are there pens and paper that belong in the shot, or can they be stashed somewhere else? Are there dishes in a sink? Is a lamp coming out of someone’s head? Take the time to stage your photograph.

 

Do you have other questions about indoor photography? We are big fans of Digital Photography School, so be sure to check out their site from some of the best photographers in the world. 

 Happy photographing!


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A Step-by-step Guide to Organizing Digital Photos and Pictures

organizing digital photosWe’ve talked before about digital clutter, but it’s a never-ending issue that will only continue to grow with time. As it is, we all have the old laptops or computers that are basically “albums” of digital photos we haven’t seen in years—it’s such a shame! Our digital photos should be ready at our fingertips to use for the next #tbt or Facebook post opportunity.


So if you’re ready to tidy up your digital clutter, let’s start with what we know the best: digital photos and pictures.


The following steps will take you through how to organize, catalog, and maintain your digital images. It may take a bit of effort at first, but once you put a system into place, the upkeep will be a breeze.

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5 Photo Tips to Take Great Photos for Instagram

Did you know? More than 40 billion photos and videos have been shared on the Instagram platform since it was launched in 2010!

  Taking pictures for Instagram

Whether you’re already a fan of the photo-sharing platform or want to get started, here are some ideas for how to take a GREAT photo for Instagram and make your account really stand out.

 

Plan your picture! Just like taking any other photograph, getting a good picture for Instagram requires planning. Of course, there are happy accidents, but you should put yourself in a position to get a good photo. Scout your location, try different angles and plan around the light.



Take LOTS of photos. Getting that perfect photo for Instagram doesn’t take just one shot. It may take 10 to 20 photographs of a single subject before you are able to get the right one.

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Shoot your photos outside of the app. Use the native camera app on your iPhone or Android, rather than the Instagram camera, when shooting photos for the social network. Not only will it help you follow our previous tip of taking multiple shots of the same scene, but it offers more control than the Instagram camera.

 

Take your time with your edits. Instagram has a lot of sophisticated editing tools included in the app. There are lots of ways to tweak your picture and make it worthy of internet viewing! You can rotate your photo, zoom in and out, straighten, and adjust the horizontal and vertical perspective. There’s a tool to adjust the contrast and saturation of your photos to make images more vibrant, and another to change the warmth. And, of course, there are lots of filters. This barely scrapes the surface of Instagram’s editing abilities — you can read more here!

 

Don’t forget the #hashtags. Once you’ve uploaded your photo, you’ll want to use hashtags to make sure they get seen across the internet.  Hashtags can be incredibly effective, but only when they are used correctly. It’s important to be specific and creative, and please don’t use a half dozen broad, random hashtags (#blessed, #love, #photo, #togs, #bestagram, #instamasters, #instagood). As one photographer says:

 

“Hashtags are part of what makes Instagram such a creative and fun place to be. But if your strategy is to get people to see your photo and like it, then you are doing it wrong. If you are going to use a hashtag use one, and use the right one. Find a cool one or start your own.”

 

Get more tips here!

 

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