Instagram Photo Tips

on October 28, 2011 | Instagram | Comments (0)

Instagram is now one of the most popular 3rd party camera applications on the iPhone and it’s also supplemented the way many of us use Twitter.

With a wide variety of filters we can make boring photos look cool/ retro/ vintage. I myself an also exploring with Instagram and it’s a lot of fun. Some of my favourite features include API integration to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and even Foursquare!

So I’ve wanted to compile a list of tips you should take note of when using Instagram:

1. Try Different Angles

Instead of taking all photos at regular eye view, try high, low and side shots to create an interesting photo. Sometimes a different angle will add more depth to your picture.

2. Get Close to your object

Mobile phone cameras (including the iPhone 3/4) are low resolution in comparison to proper digital camera. Therefore it’s best to get as close as possible to the object you are photographing to increase picture quality. Don’t get too close or the photo may start to look grainy.

3. Focus well

The iOS4 and iOS5 updates have added significant improvements to the iPhone camera, particularly focusing on objects.

If you are taking photos of a landscape, focus on a small object in the picture – this will generally make your photo more attractive to look at.

4. Ensure you have good lighting

If required use the flash. If your model phone doesn’t have a flash use a different angle to capture as much light as you can. All else failing turn on a light!

5. Ensure your Lens is clean

Every time you go to take a set of photos, wipe down the camera lens from any dirt, grime or fingerprints. Such a simple tip can greatly improve the quality of your photos.

That’s not it though, I’m looking for more Instagram tips and tricks – if you have any please let us know!

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