One of the most popular apps there is in both Android and iOS operating systems is none other than the photo-sharing app, Instagram. Originally, Instagram was just like any other app but now, it has more than 150 million active monthly users all over the world. Instagram makes it easy to share pictures and videos both to your followers on the app, as well as to your friends and followers on other social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. Instagram used to be known for its standard square photos but you now have the option of sharing non-square photos. Because of how popular the app has become, sharing regular photos just won’t do anymore. To help you step up your Instagram game, here are ten tips you can follow for better Instagram photos that will surely make your feed stand out.

Tip #1: Take pictures with your regular camera app first

Don’t take photos with the Instagram app, or any other app apart from the regular camera app on your device. This will allow you to take multiple shots with good quality. If you’re using an iPhone, you can take advantage of your phone’s HDR function this way. However, keep in mind that regular camera apps don’t usually shoot in the 1:1 ratio of Instagram, so keep that in mind when framing.

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Tip #2: Place your subject in the center

Traditional photography looks down on placing your subjects at the center of the frame. However, placing your subject in the center works great for square photos, such as those of Instagram. Just make sure that the subject is strong and can keep the attention of the viewer.

Tip #3: Steady your device

It’s very important to have a steady hand in order to get the perfect photo. Rest your elbows on a solid surface or use a tripod if you have shaky hands. This is especially important in low light wherein the lights against the dark background can easily get blurred.

Tip #4: Get the right photo-editing app

Editing on the Instagram app just won’t do. Luckily, there are a lot of awesome photo-editing apps out there that are available for free. Most even offer simplicity while allowing nearly every aspect of your photo to be edited. Some great, free photo-editing apps include Snapseed, VSCOcam, and Litely.

Tip #5: Use natural light

In any type of photography, lighting is key. No amount of filtering or photo-editing can save a poorly lit photo. Natural light is the best lighting there is. So if you’re taking a photo, make sure you get a lot of natural light on your subject.

Tip #6: Make use of symmetry

Symmetry is another great technique for square photos. It allows you to put a strong emphasis on the central subject that takes up the entire visual weight of the photo. Make sure you center yourself as you take the shot, and that all the lines are straight.

Tip #7: Be wary of the background and foreground

This is especially important if you’re taking a random photo you wanted to share. Make sure you clean up anything that doesn’t add up to the shot. Is your dirty laundry peeking from the background? Are there dirty dishes behind you?

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Tip #8: Get a lens accessory

Using a lens accessory is an easy way to immediately improve your photos. The unusual photo style will impress viewers and make your photo stand out. After all, the effect of lens accessories on photos cannot be easily imitated by just any photo-editing app.

Tip #9: Use your eyes first

Take a good look at your subject first before holding up the lens. Doing so will keep you from taking too many shots. Use your eyes to frame the picture before holding up the device and imitating what your eyes saw.

Tip #10: Don’t use the zoom

Zooming in on the subject can reduce the quality of the photo, especially if you’re just using your smartphone. Instead, get as close to the subject as you need then take the shot.

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