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…
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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
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
UNDER-EXPOSE THE SHOTS
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
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
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
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
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
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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.
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