Instagram is a fun place to share candid photos about your daily life, but many people opt for intentional compositions and care when crafting a photo. Here are a few photo styling tips to elevate your images.
This video comes from a couple of photographers known as Mango Street. First they suggest trying different perspectives on your scene. Straight on might work for some photos but you could also try a 45 degree angle facing down, or you could go for the overhead bird’s-eye view if you’re trying to get a shot of an arrangement on a table. (These three shots are particularly appropriate for food photography, which is certainly a popular genre on Instagram.)
They also suggest that you overfill the frame, as a common mistake is simply leaving too much negative, empty space in a shot. Too much going on is usually more compelling than too little. Finally, pay attention to the straight lines and S curves in your photo and how the whole composition fits together.
I know some people might roll their eyes at the thought of putting so much work into a simple photo on Instagram, but if you take pride in your photography, arranging the composition and thinking about the shot is part of the fun.
3 Styling Tips to Make Your Instagram Photos Not Suck [Mango Street via PetaPixel]