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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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What a team! I love taking group photos, and the challenge that comes from working within parameters, and especially during the time of Covid. But mostly, my goal is to make each individual shine as unique in the group. And to make the whole look like the capable, confident and cool people that they truly are. I appreciate working with Myah and her team on this, especially with them being patient with my months of shutdown, and as we figured out how we could take a socially-distanced cool group photo. Which meant keeping all them distanced, even though they needed a photo all together. Mission accomplished. #Finance #wealth #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #pittsburghhealth #corporate #executives ...

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Being comfortable with who you are is one of the seven pillars of happiness. You caught me: I have no idea what the seven pillars of happinesses are. Sorry if it looked like I was headed somewhere profound. Was that something that the Lawrence of Arabia guy wrote? Buddhist maybe? I could Google it, but think I’d rather come up with my own 7. So maybe I’ll do this thing then. Jen’s 7 Pillars of Happiness. Pillar #1, in no particular order: Be Comfortable with Who you Are. #pillarsofhappiness #corporateleader #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #comfortable #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #identity #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Chiefqualityofficer #regulatorofficer #corporate #executive #execs ...

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Many people still need a traditional suit and tie photo. It’s a classic look! And a well fitting suit is always sharp. I find it more interesting to do these in more of a portrait format, that gives the appearance of movement, even if it’s a simple lean-in. #suits #corporateleader #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghportraits #portraits #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #pittsburghmostdope #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Chiefqualityofficer #regulatorofficer #corporate #executive #execs ...

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There are so many great choices out there when it comes to blazers, sports coats, or whatever you want to call the suit jacket alternative.  Don’t be afraid of a cool color and striking texture.  You don’t need to go full-pattern to stand out.
#Sportsjacket #blazer
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I love execs who aren’t afraid of color and a little creativity. Yes, many executives still need your traditional suit-and-tie photo (see that one in our following post tomorrow), but the fact is, most corporate leaders aren’t wearing traditional corporate garb on a day to day basis. There are so many great choices out there when it comes to blazers, sports coats, or whatever you want to call the suit jacket alternative. Don’t be afraid of a cool color and striking texture. You don’t need to go full-pattern to stand out. #Sportsjacket #blazer #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #pittsburghmostdope #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Chiefqualityofficer #regulatorofficer #corporate #executive #execs ...

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Instagram post 18149583697043817 Composure. Discernment. Competence.  Dignity.  When I think of those who choose the legal profession, those are the adjectives that come to my mind.  And this photo represents that to me.
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So give your lawyer a hug today, because they spend a lot of time buried in a ton of papers looking at rambling words to help you get the best deal you can from life.
Ok, I was kidding a little bit about the “hug your lawyer” thing.... but hey, all of us need a little appreciation.  Maybe just text them a 😃👍 instead. 😉#pittsburgh
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Composure. Discernment. Competence. Dignity. When I think of those who choose the legal profession, those are the adjectives that come to my mind. And this photo represents that to me. Perhaps it’s because I was drawn to that profession when I was in high school... although let’s be honest, if you went to an upper-suburbia school in the northeast in the 90s and had good grades, that’s what your were gently influenced to become. Well, that or a doctor. Needless to say, I chose neither. Although it was important for me to choose a direction in life that involved helping others. Through the years I have seen how much lawyers accomplish in helping people, in so many different situations of life. So give your lawyer a hug today, because they spend a lot of time buried in a ton of papers looking at rambling words to help you get the best deal you can from life. Ok, I was kidding a little bit about the “hug your lawyer” thing.... but hey, all of us need a little appreciation. Maybe just text them a 😃👍 instead. 😉 #pittsburgh #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #pittsburghmostdope #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #lawyers #superlawyer #legal ...

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So you saw the other photo like this that I took of Dan, that was pretty much straight out of camera... other than the fact that I took the @cubcadet_usa logo off his hat. 😂 So what makes this photo different? 4 levels of @infinitecolorpanel grading, gradient shadow to make the subject stand out more, freq sep on face, curves adjustment, @joelgrimesworkshops cloud kit brushes on sky. All that work done by my postproduction dude, @dan_jenworleyphotography #colorado #pghcreeative #bestinpgh #headshotcrew #headshotcrew364 #pittsburghphotographer ...

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From our social-distancing-wilderness trip to Colorado a few weeks ago. Awesome trip. Definitely see why everyone wants to live there. #colorado #portraitphotographer #headshotcrew #socialdistancing ...

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Instagram post 17899234828489970 Wanted to add one more photo from my first week back last week!  Loved Jackie’s new photo. I really appreciate everyone last week, this week, and forever into the future for remembering us and coming in after restrictions were lifted.  And we are committed to keeping your experience safe from germs and that pesky Corona. 😉#shopsmallbusiness #pittsburghphotographer #williampenn #

Wanted to add one more photo from my first week back last week! Loved Jackie’s new photo. I really appreciate everyone last week, this week, and forever into the future for remembering us and coming in after restrictions were lifted. And we are committed to keeping your experience safe from germs and that pesky Corona. 😉#shopsmallbusiness #pittsburghphotographer #williampenn # ...

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Instagram post 17904825595475752 Another favorite from my first week back, last week. And my fav from Jessica’s session. Thanks for supporting #smallbusiness #pittsburghphotographer  #headshotphotographer #smile

Another favorite from my first week back, last week. And my fav from Jessica’s session. Thanks for supporting #smallbusiness #pittsburghphotographer #headshotphotographer #smile ...

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Instagram post 17910759208449414 It’s been a good first week back to work:  Thanks, Louis, for coming in on my first day back!  I’m really appreciative that many of my clients whose appointments were cancelled back in March/April, didn’t forget about me. 😁#smallbusiness #openforbusiness
It’s probably going to be a slower month for photographers, since many clients need to get their long-overdue hair appointment completed first.
My good friend @georgeoushairatcapretti I know is working ridiculously hard, while observing all the new protocols, to get everyone in. #pittsburghhairstylist #pittsburghphotographer

It’s been a good first week back to work: Thanks, Louis, for coming in on my first day back! I’m really appreciative that many of my clients whose appointments were cancelled back in March/April, didn’t forget about me. 😁#smallbusiness #openforbusiness It’s probably going to be a slower month for photographers, since many clients need to get their long-overdue hair appointment completed first. My good friend @georgeoushairatcapretti I know is working ridiculously hard, while observing all the new protocols, to get everyone in. #pittsburghhairstylist #pittsburghphotographer ...

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Instagram post 17917979152412271 First day back to work!  Modified, of course.  Looking forward to it! #startingback #goinggreen #pa #pittsburghphotographer

First day back to work! Modified, of course. Looking forward to it! #startingback #goinggreen #pa #pittsburghphotographer ...

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Green Day for Pittsburgh is finally here. Not the band. So glad people are able to get back to work! I’ll be returning to work Monday after everyone has time to get a haircut today and over the weekend! @caprettriandco And I feel for small businesses who won’t be reopening, like I just saw a headline about @union_standard Right across the street and I never got there! And the wood always smelled amazing! 😢 #reopening #pittsburghgoinggreen #photography ...

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Instagram post 18089981536172423 We’re going green, my friends!  As our county goes into “green phase”, we’ll be back to work to take your Headshot and Portrait photos starting June 8th!  Thank you to @breakofda_wn for my four awesome masks!  And thanks to @peter_hurley for this great gif idea! #headshotcrew #pittsburghphotographer #headshotphotos #goinggreen #coronacantkeepmedown

We’re going green, my friends! As our county goes into “green phase”, we’ll be back to work to take your Headshot and Portrait photos starting June 8th! Thank you to @breakofda_wn for my four awesome masks! And thanks to @peter_hurley for this great gif idea! #headshotcrew #pittsburghphotographer #headshotphotos #goinggreen #coronacantkeepmedown ...

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Instagram post 17878420399649670 “Worry-Sadness-Gratitude-Hope”  Completes my #Rainbow Trilogy and sums up where I am. Worry, as many are, about forging ahead.  Sadness, for those we have lost in death.  Gratitude, for all those who have worked to keep us safe and sane. And Hope, for what the future holds. #chasetherainbow #healthcare #headshotcrew #gratitude #hope

“Worry-Sadness-Gratitude-Hope” Completes my #Rainbow Trilogy and sums up where I am. Worry, as many are, about forging ahead. Sadness, for those we have lost in death. Gratitude, for all those who have worked to keep us safe and sane. And Hope, for what the future holds. #chasetherainbow #healthcare #headshotcrew #gratitude #hope ...

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The waterfall of hope springs eternal. Thanks to you all, once again, who are putting your life on the line every day, to help our families and friends. #gratitude #chasetherainbow #rainbow #healthcareheros #rainbowsofhope @yumi #godoxhomestudio #godoxad200 @godox_photo_equipment #pghcreative ...

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Instagram post 18102303298193265 Serenity. #6  Not ready to go back to work yet (although I’m still not sure when that will happen anyway) - I like playing!  Although money would be nice.  Enjoyed doing this project with @dan_jenworleyphotography  #blackandwhite #pittsburghphotographer #peterhapak #stayhome

Serenity. #6 Not ready to go back to work yet (although I’m still not sure when that will happen anyway) - I like playing! Although money would be nice. Enjoyed doing this project with @dan_jenworleyphotography #blackandwhite #pittsburghphotographer #peterhapak #stayhome ...

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Instagram post 17853950083955023 “Not too sure about that.” #5, on to the right side (of the face). @dan_jenworleyphotography #blackandwhite #headshotcrew #pittsburghpa

“Not too sure about that.” #5, on to the right side (of the face). @dan_jenworleyphotography #blackandwhite #headshotcrew #pittsburghpa ...

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