Hello friends! For today’s post, I will teach you how to take nice instragrammable photos. I actually got this idea from Grace (one of my readers) because she asked me about how I edit / take my photos for this blog.
I actually wrote a tutorial way, way back (2011) about photography as well. Here’s the link: Compact Camera Cheat: Photography without a DSLR : )
I’ll write another comprehensive blog entry about all the FAQs about my photography equipment (from digital camera to DSLR).
Random trivia: Did you know that I used to dream about becoming a professional photographer? I was so into learning photography during my teenage years. But I began to love storytelling through my blog instead (using lots of bandwidth-hungry photos haha). And for many years, I make sure that my images / visuals are effective and creative at the same time. I hope they are! Hehe : )
DISCLAIMER: This tutorial is not about getting instagram followers.
I’ll just simply teach you some basics of art direction / prop styling & taking “nice” photos using your iPhone / mobile phone.
I’ll also tackle the following: How to add filters / edit your photos & how to compose your subject(s) well. : )
BTS mode : )
First, you must enable the “GRID” function of your phone’s photography settings.
To those who are curious, I’ve been using iPhone 5 for almost 2 years and just recently, I got an iPhone 6 Plus (mainly for work). This is actually optional, but the grid is so helpful for me! : )
I always make sure that I take photos using natural light.. because it is the BEST light source. I used to take no-brainer instagram photos with random shadows & highlights everywhere… but now, I’ve committed myself to only upload instagram photos that I can be proud of, haha. Is this maturity or my OCD? Just kidding : )) I cannot have OCD because I’m a messy yet organized contradiction rolled into one person, haha.
Morning light near the windows ~
Before taking that snap, take a look at your subject first. Compose the photo you’re visualizing & turn on your creative side. Use your imagination ~
I usually take 3 photos at the maximum (from different angles / tilts) … especially when I’m in a hurry. Call me OC but I don’t wanna regret spending time arranging / composing the entire photo and then it turns out, it’s a blurry photo actually. Yikes!
During instances when I need to become a ninja iPhoneographer, I’d just take one sneaky shot of course, haha.
I only take multiple shots of my art-directed photos : )
After that, I open VSCOcam. It’s one of my favorite photo editing softwares. I also use AFTERLIGHT from time to time : )
Load the photo/s from your camera roll to your VSCO editor
My favorite presets at the moment are HB1 & HB2. I love “cool yet colorful” photos : )
I usually tweak the settings for each photo as well. : )
Sharpen (at most, +2)…
Save! : )
Being a toy collector / kawaii hoarder has been advantageous for me because I can use many props for a photo composition.
Let’s try again ~
- Practice makes perfect. I used to get shy when I take photos for my instagram (since in Japan, you cannot turn “off” the shutter sound…. huhuhu) but for the sake of my blogging career, I pushed myself to get used to the -slightly awkward- feeling of “must-take-nice-photos-before-eating” moments. Especially when you’re alone with your kawaii food in a cafe.. & everyone’s quiet.. and you take 3 consecutive snaps with different angles, lol. #BloggerProblems
- You can also take photos from another angle (not only from the top~) for variation! : )
- Find your own style & “signature look” … and develop it. Your feed will represent your personality / personal branding (if you are an online persona / etc.) so make sure it will also reflect your uniqueness. ^^It is absolutely OK to be inspired, but to blatantly copy someone’s style… is not really right. : )
- Follow other instagram accounts for daily inspiration~
- Quality > Quantity (what I learned the most after I realized how much Instagram has changed over the years)
- If you like taking photos using your DSLR, you can buy a wifi adaptor (?) which you can use to connect your DSLR & mobile phone. Since I don’t have one, I usually download the photo/s first and pick the best photo & upload it using my dropbox account . Make sure that you have dropbox app installed on your phone too~
- There are memory cards that have built-in wifi magic as well. I have one, and the brand is called “Flash Air”. However, it only works with digital cameras.. not DSLRs.
- Do remember that the overall creativity factor of your photo is not only based on your equipment / gear, it’s the whole photo / idea composition. And I think that consistency with your filters is another factor to consider as well, haha. But sometimes, I’m guilty of not following it too.
- Always keep in mind that life is much more fun and exciting outside social media / instagram. And don’t be too obsessed with the goal of capturing the perfect instagram photo (to the point that you begin to neglect other important things / priorities in life and everything is “staged”.. ohnoesss).. just treat it as a fun hobby. For me, composing or arranging my props / styling my photo is a fun de-stressing activity. I now treat my photos as a piece of my art / how I see the world / my perspective. Haha.
- What to instagram? #WIP projects, BTS, your #brekkie lol, photos with friends, artsy-fartsy doodles & lettering, places, notes-to-self, etc~
Just Some Extra Candies
(a.k.a. What Would Kaila Upload)
Caption: How to store your mini toys : ))
A wooden texture background is always a nice addition : )
Hope you learned something! : ) I cannot guarantee that these would give you more followers, haha! Maybe a nice feed, yes? 😀
Please do let me know if you have blog entry suggestions / requests too ~ I might grant it! Hehe!