How many times have you found yourself scrolling through Instagram lusting over the beautifully curated feeds of other Instagramer’s? I know I’ve been there many times.
I made it my mission over the past couple of months to figure out how to take and create images that matched that quality, because it’s like they say, create content that you enjoy, and I love the look of a cohesive Instagram feed! After looking into it deeper I realized there was one thing in common with all those beautifully designed Instagram Feeds.
Every photo was edited the same and taken in similar ways, which gave the feed and images a unique style.
Once I realized this the rest was felt simple. Create a preset that was unique to my style, make content that makes me happy, and try and maintain a consistency.
I’m going to share with you all my tips and tricks for taking the best Instagram photos so you can achieve the Instagram feed of your dreams!
Use Consistent Lighting
Decide what style you want to give off with your photos and try to stay consistent. I really like the bright and poppy look so I take all my photos in natural light. This ensure when I start to edit my photos the quality is good and the lighting stays the same.
Add some personality
I love seeing glimpses into other peoples lives (as mentioned in the 10 things I’m scared to tell you post). I find it gives the feed a really personal feel to it, so I try to take my Instagram photos in the same way. This means taking different kinds of shots that are more than just a selfie or staged poses. Different angles, different environments, making sure there is lots of personality in it!
Consistent Photo Editing
By far, this is the game changer for my Instagram photos. I was having a hard time figuring out why my feed didn’t look like the other ones, even though I was taking higher quality images. I realized I was missing the consistent photo editing.
I you can see my feed was very in consistent in not only the editing, but the lighting and the kind of images I was posting. It was a hodge podge of everything and nothing all at the same time. Once I started taking photos that matched my brand and found some consistent editing, the rest fell into place.
There are a ton of presets out there, and a lot of the big bloggers sell their own, which is great! The only thing was they were upwards of $50 and I wasn’t working at the time, so spending that kind of money was not in the budget.
I had to get creative.
I downloaded the free Adobe Lightroom App on my phone and started creating my own presets!
Here are some before and afters:
With these tips and tricks you should be able to create the Instagram feed you want, with all the necessary (and affordable) tools. Happy Instagram-ing, Mama!