fbpx

4 Rules to Capturing the Perfect Instagram Photo

 

 

We all know that Instagram reformats our images after we post them. They get edited into a square frame (ugh!). Trust us, we know this can seem frustrating. We can help! We’ve put together a couple of tips in order to help you take the best possible photos for Instagram right from the start.

 

Before we go over advice for creating the perfect composition, lets quickly talk about taking the photo itself. The automatic camera app on your iPhone, as well as any extra camera app you may download, has the ability to directly take a square photo. If you know that you’re going to be posting this picture on Instagram, this is the way to go. When you take the photo in a square mode originally, it keeps you from having to crop it later. Cropping the photo later may result in a lower-quality photo on top of also having to change the original composition you worked so hard to create. 

 

Now let’s talk about capturing the perfect square photo with a composition guaranteed to catch any viewers eye scrolling by. 

 

1. Place Subject in Center. You may have heard in the past that you shouldn’t place your main subject in the direct center. Normally we might agree with this, unless it’s a headshot, particularly a business headshot, but when it comes to square photos, forget it! With square photos, if the main subject is strong and can tell its own story, then it can draw enough attention to be placed in the center of the photo. 

 

2. Fill Entire Frame. Think about taking up the entire frame. Remember, these photos are probably going to be looked at on a small iPhone screen. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean completely getting rid of blank space. Some blank space is necessary in order to both keep balance and to be aesthetically pleasing. 

 

3. Center Your Grids. We’ve talked before about how iPhones have the ability to show grids across the images you are taking. You can use these grids to either follow the rule of thirds as we’ve discussed before, or you can also use to do create another pleasing look. If you’re doing a larger landscape or a photo with smaller subjects, center those small subjects within the grid squares.  

 

4. Make Your Own Rules. We like to remind people that while photography has plenty of “rules” or guidelines, to follow in order to help create an aesthetically pleasing composition, photography is still art. We like to remind people, make your own rules! Photography is about so much more than simply “taking the perfect photo”. Use your design, your eye, and your vision to take shots nobody else would take. 

 

Need more ideas check out our post 5 ways to take better photos with your cell phone.

 

 

Jen Barker Worley Photography
555 Grant Street, Suite 337 Offices at the William Penn Pittsburgh, PA 15219

https://jenworley.com
412-370-4520

4 Rules to Capturing the Perfect Instagram Photo

4 Rules to Capturing the Perfect Instagram Photo     We all know that Instagram reformats our images after we post them. They get edited into a square frame (ugh!). Trust us, we know this can seem frustrating. We can help! We’ve put together a couple of tips...

Peter Hurley Headshot crew members in Pittsburgh looking for local actors and models for a free headshot session

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jen Worley, Owner 412.370.4520; [email protected] Peter Hurley Headshot crew members in Pittsburgh looking for local actors and models for a free headshot session PITTSBURGH, PA, 2019 – Pittsburgh’s Jen Barker Worley Photography is...

Pittsburgh Photographer attended the 2019 Texas School of Professional Photography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jen Worley, Owner 412.370.4520; [email protected] Pittsburgh Photographer attended the 2019 Texas School of  Professional Photograph PITTSBURGH, PA, 2019 – Jen Barker Worley Photography announced that Jen and Dan Worley have attended the...

Which Do You Need? Portrait vs Headshot.

Portrait vs Headshot   We realize we’ve been throwing around the words Headshot and Portrait a lot recently, without defining either of them. While some people believe the names to be interchangeable, they are actually two very different forms of photography....

Tips to Better Use Your iPhone: iPhotography

Part 1: The basics of iPhotography Whether you’re taking pictures to capture a moment, make a statement, or share a story, taking photos with intention will quickly improve the quality of your images. Today we’re talking about some hidden features you might not know...

Tips for a fast website: Progressive JPEG’s

Baseline JPEG 500k  Why is my website slow? Website speed is extremely important, and photos can definitely be a source of slow load times for your website. Most people use Baseline JPEG photos.   If you compress your photos be careful not to ruin them with too...

Tips for an amazing photo: Clothing, Jewelry, Glasses

What should I wear and what should I avoid for my photo?  Since this is a headshots this is more about your head than the clothes you are wearing.  That means they will only be in about a third or less of the photo. Usually I tell people, wear what you like and what...

Your Skin and Makeup

Skin and Makeup Our skin is our largest organ and probably our most abused. So, starting ideally a week before your photo session, show your skin more than usual kindness.  Wear sunscreen, don’t get burned.  Stay hydrated.  For every cup of coffee or serving of...

Would you rather visit the dentist than get your photo taken? Then this post is for you

#1. Attitude I’d say 80% of the people who come in my door dread the idea of having their photo taken.  They are coming here because they “have to.”  A few even said they would rather go to the dentist.  That is why I specialize in “pain free” photography.  But still,...

Don’t let your web guy ruin your image.

Your image matters,  but robots need love too? Every good IT/Web administrator is focused on your websites page speed.  They want your site to load as fast as possible.  Google loves fast web pages and it is big part of your websites Search Engine Optimization (SEO is...