5 ways to make your Instagram photos look like fine art
OK. Everybody smile and on the count of 3 say “better pictures!”
Here’s how you can take your Instagram photos from amateur hour to pro and make your snapshots stand out in a photo stream of sunsets, breakfast pastries and #selfies.
Snap on a lens to your iPhone: This takes Instagramming and iPhone photography up a notch. The olloclip is a quick-connect lens that snaps on to your iPhone. The trio of lenses includes fisheye, wide-angle and macro that come in package small enough to tuck into a crossbody purse (or your pocket). The lenses will help you snap photos that can’t be captured with your phone’s camera — for example, the wide lens will pick up more light so you can photograph that gorgeous summer evening sunset. Shop the lens at BuyDig.com and save with coupons and Cash Back offers from ShopAtHome.com.
Printstagram: Don’t just let your pretty photos live in your phone. For $40, you can get 365 mini prints for a day-of-the-week calendar. We’re thinking that this could be a fun roundup of #OOTD (Outfit of the Day) photos or a grand collection of your vintage #throwbackthursday snapshots. Or, turn them into a “poster,” which is a large, high-quality photo print that could be framed and decorate your office or home. You can choose 50 to 512 images and the folks at Prinstagram arrange them into a nice clean grid. It’s printed on thick Fuji Crystal Archive paper for $25 to $35.
Tap to focus: Your iPhone has a “tap to focus” button which will help you communicate to your phone what exactly you want to stand out in the photo. It just takes a couple of seconds to use and it will help draw the viewer’s eye to the sharpest part of the image — which is your main subject. You can find more photography tips like this on Instagram’s photo tips blog.
Download Pic Lab: We’re suckers for a good font. With the Pic Lab app, you can add pretty typography (fancy word for text) to your photos — which is just what those photos need to go viral on Pinterest. Other great apps that will help you edit your photos like a pro? Try Camera +, 100 cameras in 1 and AutoStitch Panorama (which helps you weave together photos into a panorama).
Shoot your photos during the ‘golden hour’: Everybody loves a bright, sunny day — except your camera. The brightness from the sun can cast harsh shadows. When you shoot at dusk or dawn, lighting is soft — which makes your complexion look good in portraits and also helps you pick up on details in the images you’re capturing.
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