The season for outings & gatherings as well as your not-so-typical staycation like what I am doing right now is already here – so it means that pictures of whatever you want to share or your whereabouts, as well as something you want to brag about with your friends or into the public will be uploaded.
I once remembered a ‘girl’ friend of mine saying to me that somebody’s Instagram feed is definitely #FeedGoals, so I became curious on why she thinks of it as one, and how it can be achieved.
I don’t know much about photography nor I don’t own any digital camera as of this moment (but I already used so many cameras and smartphones before) – so whatever I say here is based on my observations as well as my experience.
The question is, how can you make your photos appealing when you upload it on Instagram?
And make your Instagram feed great again – or let’s just say #FeedGoals, like the title of this blog post.
First of all, you don’t need to be a photography expert in order to get a great photo of something. Just try to keep these simple tips and tricks in your mind every single time you’re about to take a photo of something, and surely, you’ll get great photos to deal with, either in editing or in bare (raw) form.
Okay, so without further ado, let’s proceed.
- Compose, Frame and Focus your subject well – Whatever the subject may be, it is very important to compose/frame your shot well to give your subject the best angle and detail it can have. You can use some framing and basic composing tactics, as well as varied perspectives such as taking flat-lays (or overhead), macros and close-ups. Add a focal point as well as varied textures to your shot. Take your time to shoot if you have plenty of it and shoot as many as you can. These tactics work pretty well because they look appealing and unique rather than your normally-taken photo by just clicking the shutter out of your camera.
- Observe proper lighting and exposure – do not overexpose or underexpose the subject – natural light source such as sunlight is much better. Pay attention to your lighting and I’ll recommend to experiment with ISO/Exposure settings on your camera/smartphone as well as on the other parameters to know how each of them affects the shot as well as other parameters. Remember that if you’re confused, there’s a tutorial or guide for each on Google. DO NOT RELY ON AUTO MODE AT ALL COST.
Actually, they’re not complicated after all if you’ll give them a shot. These two basic steps will step-up your photography gaming a lot, though to get the kind of photos your Instagram influencers – or what you define as #FeedGoals have, then you must not skip the following.
- Get some accessories – If you don’t use a DSLR and just using your smartphone to do your Instagram photos, then get some accessories to help you do your best shot. A clip-lens kit (Macro, Fish-eye, Wide) usually is a pretty good option especially if your smartphone camera doesn’t have the capabilities of these lenses. A Macro lens gives that ‘bokeh’ (blurry background) shot, while Fish-eye lens gives the look of what a fish-eye can see (usually distorted sides but has a wide angle coverage), and Wide angle lenses covers a much wider area/angle than what your smartphone cameras has (usually comes on 105-135 degrees).
You can also get a tripod, ‘gorillapod’, or any form of hand-held stabilizers to get your shots more stabilized and to prevent ‘shaky’ photos or videos as well.
- Have a theme for your feed – Usually, a great feed not only comes with arrays of single yet different styles of photos – THEY COME LIKE THEY HAVE A SPECIFIC THEME. Just like the theme on your computer or a theme on a party, having a theme for your photos that are uploaded will surely make your feed more eye-catching. If you focus on food, then make sure your feed has consistent and matching content of food as well as one style of taking photos – i.e. if you used macro and close-up shots on your subjects, then you must maintain it in order to observe consistency. Another example is if you have a dark-themed feed (like your photos are usually shot at night time), try to maintain that scheme in each of your photos to make sure your feed doesn’t disappoint your followers when they see a white-background photo in the array of black/dark backgrounds.
- Enhance or Edit afterwards – Before you upload your photos, make sure to give them more appeal by enhancing or editing (consider this as the final step on achieving great photos). If you have skills in Photoshop or Lightroom for coloring, then you can do it there. But, most of the time, we use filters or third-party apps (such as VSCO and alike) to give our photos a different look than usual. Learning to use these apps is one of the secret, that’s why most of the photos from the Instagram feeds of the ones that you like has a different look rather than the reality. Sometimes, they are also colorized (a.k.a. Color Graded) as well in order to achieve a more professional and appealing look. In fact, the creativity will shine more here, and this step will bring you more great photos because you can almost have the control on how the great final photo will look like.
“Stop taking crappy photos”
Lastly, learn more by experimenting with your camera companion – and you’ll get yourself rewarded with new knowledge as well as tactics to make these works a lot easier to you than before. Stop taking and uploading crappy photos, instead, upload great photos to make your Instagram feed the #FeedGoals.
Speaking of great photos, Oppo F1S can make your Instagram photos great again. With its 16MP selfie-expert front camera and 13MP rear camera plus some great features, there will be no doubt, why this phone is a contender for the best camera phone to achieve your #FeedGoals.
Adding the fact that it packs a whopping 3GB RAM, an octa-core processor, and a battery capacity of 3,075mAh out-of-the-box, which is apparently a must on using Instagram non-stop, given the power requirements of multi-tasking in just a hand-held pocket-sized device. Not to mention also its 32GB of internal and thankfully, expandable storage so that you can store a huge amount of photos – giving you the option to choose the best to post, and share it with people.
In addition to those wonderful features, we all know that the Oppo F1s is known for its camera-focused features such as selfie filters (which you’ll love, too), Beautify 4.0 that enhances your photos (or face) and a good sensor size (1/3.06), the Oppo F1s will surely give you the confidence to make your Instagram or any other social feed – whatever it is, a worthy place for photos that were taken with this smartphone.
Just think why there are so many F1s users out there right now.
Lastly, I know that my Instagram feed @realbryansnow is not a feed goal for now. However, I think that Oppo F1s, with its spectacular features, will help me to achieve it.
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UPDATE: This post was updated on 4/13/2017 to correct picture-related errors.
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