It’s easy to get lost in Instagram’s endless flood of content, but how can you create the perfect photo to accompany your post?
The answer, as always, is to learn how to create captivating photos that will keep Instagramers interested and inspired.
To help you achieve that goal, we’ve put together a guide to help you find the right way to capture your perfect Instagram photo.
Use the right lens.
As a general rule, if your photo isn’t flattering to your face, it probably won’t be inspiring to Instagram’s audience.
To get a more accurate portrait, choose a lens with a small, wide aperture and a minimum shutter speed of 1/250s.
This is the best choice for Instagram’s Instagram Photo Editor.
If your photo has a long exposure time, consider choosing a lens that is shorter (1/200s or 1/200sec).
This will give your photos a more naturalistic look.
Choose the right lighting.
Light is the key to Instagram photos.
If you’re posting in an Instagram app, you can use a white light or a dark, soft-focus, or wide-angle lens.
Make sure the lens is designed to match your subject’s lighting.
This can include dark backgrounds or a natural sky.
If lighting is an issue for your photos, you’ll need to adjust the lighting to suit your needs.
Adjust your exposure.
Once you’ve set the lighting, you’re ready to adjust your exposure to get the perfect exposure.
The best way to do this is to choose the appropriate exposure settings for your subject.
For example, if you’re photographing a bird, choose your shutter speed and aperture at ISO 800, to ensure that the bird is clearly visible.
If, on the other hand, you want to get a better view of a person, choose ISO 1600.
Select a background.
If possible, avoid having your photo look like a picture of someone holding a camera.
That’s not Instagram’s aim, so focus on your subject instead.
If it’s not clear from your photo, use your background as a guide for your photo.
If a subject’s pose is awkward or uncomfortable, you may want to cut back on your photo to make it easier to see the background.
Adjust the focal length.
In order to maximize your exposure, you need to make sure that your subject is framed properly.
To do this, look at the photo with your eyes and make adjustments as needed.
For this tutorial, we’re going to use a picture taken with a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens and Canon EF 60-400mm f/#4L II USM lens.
If the subject is standing in a natural setting, your lens will give you a perfect background, but if the background is busy, it will probably not look as good.
If that’s the case, adjust your focal length accordingly.
If photos have too much contrast or noise, you might want to add more color to your photos to give them a more lifelike look.
For these kinds of photos, we’ll use our default settings.
If there’s too much noise, we can use an image that’s overexposed to improve the contrast, or if there’s just too much color saturation, we could turn down the contrast to increase the saturation of the image.
To ensure that your photo is bright and inviting, you should increase the brightness and contrast of your photo by adjusting your aperture, shutter speed, and exposure settings.
Make your adjustments as necessary to get your photos as bright and colorful as possible.
Use a filter.
If all else fails, you could always try a filter, or use a light meter to capture some of the light in your photo as it passes through the lens.
This way, you get a snapshot of your subject that shows their mood, emotions, and pose.
Use your filters to capture a highlight.
If none of the above works, you have options.
To capture a perfect highlight, you just need to focus on the part of your picture that’s most interesting, like the subject’s lips or cheekbones.
In our case, we want to capture the subject smiling.
For a perfect photo, we should focus on their lips, but we could also use our highlight tool, which will give us a more detailed image of the subject.
Use an Instagram filters filter.
We’ve created a guide below to help with finding the best Instagram filters to help capture your best Instagram photos, so you can pick the right one for your needs and your Instagram experience.
Instagram’s own Instagram filters are perfect for this, as are some other popular Instagram filters.
For more advice on how to use Instagram’s filters, check out our article on How to Use Instagram’s Free Photo Editing Tools.
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