Success on Instagram usually means posting lots of great pictures you’ve taken on your smartphone.
Of course, this doesn’t always mean that.
Some people will have successful Instagram accounts that don’t consist of images at all.
Others will use the images they acquire, or will use a high-quality professional camera.
But in most cases, this means taking better smartphone photos.
Consider the composition
Composing a shot means considering the relationship of the subject to the other elements.
It means thinking about how to arrange the shot and how to convey a sense of scale and depth.
Don’t just shoot head-on!
Speaking of depth, how do you create this? One option is to ensure that you highlight certain elements in the foreground, mid-ground and background.
These three elements will create a sense of layering.
Another technique is to try and ‘guide’ the viewer’s eye from the foreground to the background, you can do this by finding something like a path or road.
Tell a story
Telling a story is not necessarily just about capturing what you want to ‘say’.
An empty glass suggests that someone has turned up somewhere in town.
A party, or perhaps a sad lonely drink? Think of the Mona Lisa – it has captivated generations with its mysterious identity!
Your choice of phone will have a big impact on the quality of your photos, but so will the lighting.
In fact, it’s arguably better to take a well-lit photo on a cheap camera phone than a badly lit one on a good one! Consider the position of the window and how it relates to the subject.
Think about the time of day. If possible: invest in lighting.
The right phone
Finally, make sure you take the time to choose a good camera phone.
Know what you are looking for: while high pixel counts sound good on paper, these days they are far less important than other features such as the quality of the lens used to capture those pixels, the size of the aperture and the image processing.