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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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Tao Han⠀ Distinguished Professor of High Energy Physics at University of Pittsburgh⠀ ⠀ My research field is in elementary particle physics theory, focusing on high-energy collider physics and in connection to astro-particle physics and cosmology. I formulate theoretical models of elementary particles and their interactions, and develop strategies to test the theory by experiments and observations. This research direction, bridging the abstract theory and experimental observation, is the field of Phenomenology. ...

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Attorney at Sherrard, German & Kelly, P.C.⠀
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Gary Philip Nelson⠀ Attorney at Sherrard, German & Kelly, P.C.⠀ ⠀ Over four decades Gary has built a career marked by professional achievement, participating in complex reorganization cases, merger and acquisition transactions, loan originations and workouts, commercial litigation, and other sophisticated corporate and commercial transactions. ⠀ ⠀ During this time, he has been:⠀ • Recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” (White-Woodward).⠀ • Recognized as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” (Law & Politics), Overall and Corporate Counsel editions.⠀ • Recognized to be among “The Top 50 – Pittsburgh,” one of the 50 lawyers receiving the highest point total cast for Pittsburgh lawyers.⠀ • A Chair of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Allegheny County Bar Association. ⠀ • Awarded, in 1998, the President’s Award, given to the Committee best serving the needs of the Allegheny County Bar Association during that year.⠀ • A Chair of the Bankruptcy Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.⠀ • A Member of a Hearing Committee of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, including serving as its chair.⠀ ⠀ Gary’s public service includes serving his legal community, as a member of his synagogue’s board, and as a member of the board of his neighborhood’s community organization, Lawrenceville United. ...

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