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4 Rules to Capturing the Perfect Instagram Photo

 

 

We all know that Instagram reformats our images after we post them. They get edited into a square frame (ugh!). Trust us, we know this can seem frustrating. We can help! We’ve put together a couple of tips in order to help you take the best possible photos for Instagram right from the start.

 

Before we go over advice for creating the perfect composition, lets quickly talk about taking the photo itself. The automatic camera app on your iPhone, as well as any extra camera app you may download, has the ability to directly take a square photo. If you know that you’re going to be posting this picture on Instagram, this is the way to go. When you take the photo in a square mode originally, it keeps you from having to crop it later. Cropping the photo later may result in a lower-quality photo on top of also having to change the original composition you worked so hard to create. 

 

Now let’s talk about capturing the perfect square photo with a composition guaranteed to catch any viewers eye scrolling by. 

 

1. Place Subject in Center. You may have heard in the past that you shouldn’t place your main subject in the direct center. Normally we might agree with this, unless it’s a headshot, particularly a business headshot, but when it comes to square photos, forget it! With square photos, if the main subject is strong and can tell its own story, then it can draw enough attention to be placed in the center of the photo. 

 

2. Fill Entire Frame. Think about taking up the entire frame. Remember, these photos are probably going to be looked at on a small iPhone screen. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean completely getting rid of blank space. Some blank space is necessary in order to both keep balance and to be aesthetically pleasing. 

 

3. Center Your Grids. We’ve talked before about how iPhones have the ability to show grids across the images you are taking. You can use these grids to either follow the rule of thirds as we’ve discussed before, or you can also use to do create another pleasing look. If you’re doing a larger landscape or a photo with smaller subjects, center those small subjects within the grid squares.  

 

4. Make Your Own Rules. We like to remind people that while photography has plenty of “rules” or guidelines, to follow in order to help create an aesthetically pleasing composition, photography is still art. We like to remind people, make your own rules! Photography is about so much more than simply “taking the perfect photo”. Use your design, your eye, and your vision to take shots nobody else would take. 

 

Need more ideas check out our post 5 ways to take better photos with your cell phone.

 

 

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Now this you can tell was a shoot from last year. Maybe I shouldn’t post it because seeing this many people close together now makes us nervous! 🤣 Shot at the beautiful @uniontrustbuilding , this financial team does a group photo every year to send out to their clients. This year, we had to make alternative plans for their card. #pittsburgh #pittsburghprofessional #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #financial #sewickley ...

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This was a bit of a tricky shoot. (But an absolute pleasure working with this team!) First off: Covid. Everyone in this Financial Group were tested first. Even then, we wouldn’t have done the shoot if it couldn’t be outside. Second: Tiny little kayaking dock, with only one narrow angle to get seven people lined up with the bridge behind them. Barely, and I mean barely, fit between the old rusty dock lights. But this was the spot that needed to be used, so I was determined to make it work! Third: Hazards. Boat tie-downs were pretty serious tripping hazards. Dock moved. Had to set one light on the catwalk, with Dan reaching around a light pole on the other end with another light on a boom. Yes, broke one light because of wind (forgot to weight properly!). And then I’m shooting tethered, on the beach about 20 feet away... all kinds of “river beach” debris, including a spike sticking up from the ground that I marked with beer cans (one again, debris), so the decision maker could walk over and wouldn’t trip, so we could approve and make adjustments to the scene. Would I do this again? Absolutely! But next time I would bring orange spray paint, caution tape, and make sure I actually attached the weight to my light stand! 🤣 #pittsburgh #pittsburghprofessional #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #financial #sewickley ...

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Last for now on my Women on White series. Pearls match the background, and blazer matches the glasses. Sweet. #pittsburgh #pittsburghprofessional #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghwomen ...

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