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How To Make Sure Your Instagram Posts Are Visually Appealing

Have you ever looked at someone’s Instagram feed and think, “Just how do they do that?” You probably see their followers commenting, “Feed goals,” and you think, “I wish my photos were pretty like that.”

Well, you’re not alone.

For so many people, Instagram has been a portfolio of their photographic work. It’s become more than just a place to filter your selfies with and has really become a place that people showcase their photographic skills.

Some people just click their camera once and get a great photo, but for many people, it takes more than one try. For amateurs like myself, I’ve found a quick way to accomplish getting a visually appealing photo on Instagram.

Photo by Ariana DeCastro

Photo by Ariana DeCastro

The main two things I use when I take photos are my handy dandy LED lamp and white rug from IKEA.

The white light from the LED lamp allows me to achieve great lighting, even when I’m taking pictures at night, and the white rug gives me a solid background that brings cohesiveness to all of my photos no matter where I am.

VSCO also plays a huge part of how well my photos look. It’s my favorite photo-editing app because it has so many filters and so many editing tools as well. Many of the editing options don’t over-filter photos, but merely enhances them, which is what filters are meant for.

I really suggest that you download VSCO app if you love to take photos!

So those are my secret weapons in achieving many of the my most-liked Instagram photos.

But lighting and background aside, I think what makes someone’s Instagram so appealing is when it has cohesiveness to it and that the photos really represent that person’s interests.

Instagram is my favorite social network because I don’t need to know someone to follow them– I just have to like their photos, and on Instagram, people’s photos represent their interests.

Make sure you showcase yours!

Watch the video above to see a step-by-step “behind the scenes” video of how I take my photos for Instagram!

 

6 Comments

  1. rachelp wrote:

    Your video was filmed so professionally, very impressive! Lighting is indeed the most important part of a good Instagram pic. I use an app called Afterlight for editing my photos, but I want to download VSCO Cam now. Thanks for the tips!

    Monday, June 27, 2016 at 2:03 am | Permalink
  2. elizabethg wrote:

    I really like your topic, because I am a photo novice myself. I don’t even have an Instagram. Thanks for the tips! Very informative and professionally done! I usually take pictures with a white light too, so I know how important lighting can be.
    I also love your choice of subjects. I love HP and books. I have the same Edgar Allan Poe book as you. Barnes and Noble Leatherbound Classics Collection. I approve. 🙂

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 11:09 pm | Permalink
  3. marissah wrote:

    I really like the way you filmed the video. Instagram is also one of my favorite social media apps. I love being able to follow anyone and just see what they are up to. Great tips for photos. Lighting does do wonders for photos.

    Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 5:39 am | Permalink
  4. angelicam wrote:

    This was so interesting to read.I don’t have an instagram but i do see my friend posting on theirs all the time and they always want to make sure the lighting is right as well as the angle. So this post definitely confirms my crazy friends obsessions with getting the perfect picture. I use VSCO cam also, it’s a great app for pictures. The filters are to die for. This was an awesome read. Keep up the good work!

    Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 6:11 am | Permalink
  5. caitlind wrote:

    Your title was what originally drew me in to this post. I love anything with a “How To” title. Buzzfeed has great, simplified “How To” articles for a variety of topics.
    I liked that the tips you shared were unique and specific to your taste. You did a great job with filming your instructional video as well. Adding your Instagram handle to your video was a nice touch. Great job!

    Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 8:41 am | Permalink
  6. teenab wrote:

    I thouthg this was such a good idea for a blog post. You did an amazing job with the filming and the written portion as well. Huge fan of your writing! Keep up the amazing work.

    Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 3:21 am | Permalink

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