Over the last few months I have been practicing taking better photos for Instagram.
I have always been a self proclaimed non-creative. I mean, I am creative, but I’m a strategic marketer. I come up with digital marketing strategies that get results, not ideas that are going to win the next Cannes Lion award.
In my experience there are people in the world that have a natural keen eye for detail and design. They know how to style, they can visualise their end product as they are creating them in their mind, and their attention to detail is second to none!
While I am learning more and more every day, it just doesn’t come naturally to me.
So, I have been practicing! I just purchased myself the beautiful Olympus Pen EL7 Camera. Dubbed as the “ultimate blogger camera” I’ve only had it for around a week and I can’t believe how long I have gone without it in my life! Surprisingly it hasn’t been so difficult to work out. I can certainly improve, and it takes me around 20 test shots before I adjust all the settings to the “sweet spot” and get the money pic, but it’s all in good fun (and hopefully it will come more instinctively a I continue to improve).
I’ve also been working on my styling, trying my hand at flatlays, and attempting to get a little closer to having more of an Instagram “theme” (i.e. colour palette).
I was never very good at sticking to a theme previously (that being said, I didn’t really make a huge effort to stick to it either).
Practice makes perfect my friends (or at least that is what I’m banking on because I would really like to improve).
Along my journey I decided I would watch a few videos from beauty guru’s on YouTube who were posting about “How they edit their Instagram photos”.
I saw quite a few beauty gurus using an app called Facetune to whiten up their teeth and make their eyes sparkle.
I thought “I bet I could lighten up my backgrounds using this app!”
I took a bit of a gamble because the app cost me $3.99 (not that it broke the bank, but that’s a decent price for an app if it was going to sit on my 3rd page never getting used).
I tested out a few images and I was so thrilled with the results! Simply click on the “Whiten” feature, zoom into your photo and run your finger along the screen to whiten up that area.
I use it to brighten up the backgrounds on my photos. See below for some examples:
All of the yellow throw from the harsh lighting can be removed. The image on the right is so much lighter, brighter and whiter! Exactly what I was looking for.
There aren’t a lot of yellow tones on the left, but even still, the image on the right is even lighter and brighter.
Do you see how the background has just lifted? The brassiness in the lighting on the left is completely removed.
Of course, you can’t take a photo in the dark or with prominent shadows and hope to completely “white them out”. This app can’t replace the power of great natural lighting.I would also recommend doing a final polish & play around with the brightness, colouring and saturation levels too as a little adjusting to this end can make a big difference.
I find early morning light is be best when you’re trying to get lighter and brighter photos, but Facetune can certainly help to even out some of the brassy tones that pop up when the lighting is a bit harsh.
That’s my quick tip for this week. You can follow me on Instagram at @smallpaperthings Do you have any tips for taking beautiful Instagram photos?
I would love to hear about them in the comments below!If you liked this post I would just love it if you would “pin” it to your Pinterest page or Tweet it from the rooftops!