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Tips for taking great Instagram photos on the go

Tips for taking great Instagram photos on the go

With over 200 million users, Instagram is now one of the most popular social media apps, doing for photography what Twitter did for blogging – giving users a mass platform with which to easily take, edit and share micro content. Modelled on the Polaroid photos of old, Instagram photos and videos are a distinctive square shape, with the added bonus of a set of packaged ‘filters’, which can be used to easily enhance your pictures. Whether you just want to share great looking photos of your activities with your friends and family, or if you’re just aiming for more followers, there are a few basic tips that will help you take great Instagram photos wherever you are. Photography basics and Instagram specifics In one of our last blog posts, we discussed a few ways you can improve your outdoor photography. Two of the most relevant here include abiding the ‘golden hours’ rule and the ‘rule of thirds’ – respectively due to smartphone cameras generally being lower quality than digital cameras (though this is changing), and due to the peculiarly square nature of an Instagram snap. Continuing with our casual photography series, we want to explore the specificities of ‘Instagramming’ when you’re on the move. It’s good to be familiar with these photography basics, but there’s also a few rules specific to phone pictures, and Instagram in particular. Use your inbuilt camera app One secret great ‘Instagrammers’ keep is that they don’t actually use Instagram to take most of their photographs: they use the native camera app that came with the smartphone. There’s a number of distinct advantages to this,...