PIMP YOUR CAMERA PHONE FOR 5* INSTAGRAM PHOTOS

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5* INSTAGRAM PHOTOS

PIMP YOUR CAMERA PHONE FOR 5* INSTAGRAM PHOTOS 

Whether it’s the perfect palm-tree pose, a sunset shot of the rose-tinted beach, or that legitimate lunchtime plate pic (we’re looking at you Buddha bowls), getting the right camera angle is a big deal when it comes to inspiring Instagram photos. Want your feed to look flawless? Follow our simple steps on how to optimize your travel snaps for that 5* feel this 2018

Or, if you've already got this in the bag, show off your skills with our round-up of 6 most spectacular spots in the world to take a selfie.

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While the latest smartphones are getting even smarter with power-packed features such as image stabilization, spot a smile and beauty mode etc, great photography can often be overlooked – it’s actually a lot simpler.

HOW TO EDIT INSTAGRAM PHOTOS

SMART CROPPING

rule of thirds

Cropping is the key to image editing as it sets the composition. Generally, you should aim to follow the rule of thirds (imagine an image is divided into 9 equal sections), which offers a guide to help place the photograph's compositional elements along the lines. For example, if you want to capture a fabulous sunrise, crop the image so that the horizon is situated in the bottom 3 grids, leaving the upper ones free for the orange-red sky.

USE LIGHTING TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

use of window light to make portrait

Proper lighting brings depth and richness to your holiday pictures, so try to use natural light as much as possible. While indoors, shoot near an open window instead of using artificial light (this can sometimes give a yellowish tint to your snaps), or capture the moment in the golden hour (an hour or so after sunrise or before sunset) instead of at dawn or dusk. 

UNDER-EXPOSE THE SHOTS

woman taking image on the beach

When taking photos on your mobile, you may find that the camera tends to over-highlight your photos, making them appear over-exposed - if you're taking a photograph of a bright sunset or the twinkling sea for example. It's easier than you think to fix this. Simply tap and hold the brightest section of the photograph and a box will appear with a small sunshine symbol, (this is based on iPhone and Samsung) this focuses the camera and locks in exposure, so you can snap sunlight shots to your heart's content!

TURN OFF HDR

young woman taking a selfie

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a setting available on some smart phones which helps to process the photo slightly differently, capturing greater detail from the darker spots of the image, the function aims to gather different exposures for the same shot, but this doesn't always pay off. The solution? As we've mentioned, it's best to keep Instagram photos looking as natural as possible, so turning off your HDR will be best in this instance.

USE TILT SHIFT

young lady leading into the forest

Tilt-shift photography represents the finishing touches on a smartphone camera. It's used to highlight or exaggerate a specific section of a photograph, using a blur tool which comes in two options: linear and circular. If a linear blur is what you're aiming for, try to ensure the photograph has a distinctive foreground and background, so the object that's in focus can stand out. Circular tilt-shifts create a ring whereby everything inside the ring will be in focus, and everything outside will be blurred - you can manually choose which part of the image you want to feature by holding down on the screen and manouvering the circle. Perfect for capturing that surfing action shot!

STRAIGHTEN YOUR IMAGE

Clicking image on mobile camera with tripod

It sounds obvious right? But there's nothing worse than capturing that gorgeous landscape shot only to realise that you weren't quite holding the camera straight (cue amazon search for tripods). Don't worry, Instagram has a straightening function which can be found through the adjust tool, so you can wave goodbye to any wonky shots.

VARIETY IS KEY

Rod Fai night market bangkok thailand

When it comes to your Instagram page, you'll (ideally) want to create a signature look or feel that stands out from the crowd - a style that is unique to you. Getting variety into your images is key for an inspiring feed, epecially if you're an avid travel photographer - we're talking colours, cultures, cuisines, landscapes, people, architecture and more. Whether it's a local dressed in their national costume, a food market featuring all the colours of the rainbow, or rugged mountains towering over a coastline - try and portray every aspect of your holiday. 

ACCESSORISE WITH OLLOCLIP

olloclip mobile lens

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Want to spice up your travel photos? This clip-on mobile lens is the perfect gadget if you want to capture a different perspective - be it a classic beach panorama or a close-up nature shot. Have fun experimenting with features including fisheye, wide-angle (perfect for landscapes), active lens and more.   

For more travel hacks like this one, browse our tips and tricks on how to optimise your airport experience next time you travel...

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