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Instagram tips and tricks

I am by no means an expert when it comes to pictures. But here are my top 8 “tips” I keep in mind when taking a picture.

1. At fashion week this past September, my friend Brian told me to just take pictures in square mode. When you open your camera it’s one swipe to the right. I’ve loved that tip because then I don’t have to worry about cropping later to make it fit the instagram square. I see exactly what will be included in the instagram. (sweatshirt represent

 

2. Backgrounds make a big impact. Solid colored walls or murals fill the picture with color, and make the shot a lot of fun. (Coat on major sale)

fur vest // blanket scarf //tan beanie // purse

3. If the sun is not out, the camera is not out, as natural lighting is everything. If there is a moment I have to capture though – like ringing in the new year with Gigi, I set the flash, and usually make it black and white.

4. There are mixed emotions on pictures of coffee, shoes, and food. Some people love them and some people hate them. I fall in the first category and think the trick to a good picture of those things is the angle. Holding the camera level with the ground, and usually pretty high, gives a unique perspective to the shot.  (striped sweater // hunter boots// jeans)

loafers

5. Dog pictures are so cute to me. If there is a pet in the photo, there’s a 100% chance I’ll think it’s precious.  (necklace // sweater)

shoes // purse

this combines 3,4, and 5: natural light, a solid background, and the pup

6. Don’t be too scared of a selfie. They are actually a lot easier than asking a stranger to take a picture for you. And sometimes there’s no one around. The buttons on the side of the phone (the volume buttons) can also be used to take the picture. – it’s like pushing the shutter button on a real camera. I didn’t know that until Amy told me a few weeks ago! (hat // fur // sunglasses)

        

7. Instead of using filters tI like to use the “wrench” editing tool in instagram. I used to use afterlight, a separate app but I think the instagram editing tools are great. I lighten some of the shadows, increase the brightness, and up the contrast. 

8. remember to step back. Sometimes a picture is more beautiful if I am smaller in it – or not in it at all.
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