I'm obsessed with instagram. Being such a visual person it's by far my favourite social media platform. Although I like to write, a picture can paint a thousand words and it can be very effective particularly for creative industries and businesses. I currently use instagram for my blog (here), I'm excited to use it in a slightly different context for my own childrenswear label which is extremely close the launch now.
A stunning, creative and consistent feed is what its all about when it comes to instagram. There really are some truly amazing instagram accounts around, in the past i've been so envious not understanding how it was possible to create such beautiful photos out of an iPhone or any phone camera photos. Thanks to Three Mobile who invited me to a photography masterclass using the new iPhone 6 I now know it's absolutely possible and actually very easy. You just need the right tools and the know how. We started out by using a few basic props inside then headed out for a stroll around trafalguar Square to take some shots which we could edit over afternoon tea.
Tips on Taking Photos you will Love
1. Create The Perfect White Background You may be wondering how people achieve the 'perfect' white background to the majority or all of their shots. It's true that not so many people live in a pristine all white home, so how do they do it? If you don't have a white table or floor to place what you want to shoot, create one.
An infinity curve - which is just a plain white piece of card lent against a wall at an angle to create a curve
2. Edit photos before posting on your feed
There are two apps which make the editing of photos on the go very easy and is the major key to achieving dramatically better quality photos. No need to wait until you get home or use overly complicated programs to get the best out of your photos. At the same time don't feel pressured to post photos as soon as you have taken them. Give your self a few moments whilst you grab a coffee or on the train or bus home to edit your photos so that you get the best out of them.
3. What to edit
there are three main areas to focus on when editing:
BRIGHTEN I nearly always use Pic Tap Go for this, simply apply the 'lights on' filter and save the image
SHARPEN For Sharpening I like to open the photo which I have already brightened in Pic Tap Go. Once you have opened the photo in Snapseed you will find Sharpening under 'details'
STRUCTURE Once sharpened you will find structure under details too.
The rest is up to you… have a play with some of the other filters and tools, what you use with depend on the style and look you are trying to achieve.
4. Get Yourself a Work Flow.
Find your routine. Whatever works for you. If I'm out taking photos or at an event or an activity I like to spend quality time taking my shots even if its 15/20 mins just having a wonder. Always remember what it was that caught your eye in the first place. Use that and focus on it. Don't be afraid to get close to the action or the shot you want to take and crop if you need to when editing, this can be where you get very creative. What was once an unusable boring shot could really become something wonderful with a little editing and cropping. Just look at my phone box shot. Once i've finished taking my photos and if I have time i'll find myself a quiet spot or somewhere to grab a coffee and do a little editing before I post to instagram or twitter.
Get practising and improve your photography skills.
I would like to thank Three Mobile and Jodie Photography for showing me the way to achieving the photos I always wanted to take with my phone.