Let’s face it. People have been stepping up their posting game in most, if not all, social media platforms. Instagram is definitely no exception, more so that it is now the biggest and most popular photo-sharing app with over 1 billion users worldwide.
Standing out from a billion users is an impossible feat. However, standing out from your followers’ feeds is actually easier than you thought it would be. The beauty of people stepping up their IG game is that there are now more mobile photo editors that you can download in the App Store or Google Play. These apps allow users to tinker with their photos and turn them into professional looking works of art using novice-friendly tools.
1. SETTING UP BORDERS
Before anything else, it is important to know what the main focus of each type of photo you take will be and how you will frame it.
With framing comes sizing. You can choose to stick with just one size or aspect ratio for portrait photos, and another size for landscape photos. Remember that consistency is key when it comes to curating a feed.
Let’s say you want all your photos to look like film stills. The best way to pull that off is to shoot using the 16:9 aspect ration, open the image using Instasize and change the borders to black. If you want a more whimsical looking feed for your summer photos, change the borders to light pink or look for overlays that give off a strong summer vibe.
2. PAINTING WITH A FILTER
A lot of Instagram feeds now contain photos shot with a professional camera. No professional camera? No Photoshop? Photo filters are the answer.
Apps like Instasize have filters are categorized into different themes which makes it easier for a user to know which works best with portraits, scenery, motion, and so on. As it is, their default filters are already really good. If you are still looking for a specific look, you can download additional filter sets, both free and paid. If you’re a bit apprehensive to purchase the paid filters, you can wait for special trial periods
3. PLANNING THE GRID
Now that you’ve set up the sizes and borders of your photos, it is now time to see how well your photos look when an IG user decides to check out your profile page. Do you want an all black and white feed? Or would you much rather play with lighter, more whimsical colors? Should your photos look bright and vivid? Or do you want to downplay the colors a bit?
To spare you from wasting time on trial and error, a lot of these photo editors interfaces provides users with a preview of what their feeds will look. Their interfaces usually simulate the Instagram Profile Page feed.
This way, you can see if your photos all have the same border size. You can even check if the colors of your borders blend well together, and so on. The possibilities are endless and seeing it right before your very eyes urges you to be more creative about mapping out your photos and making them tell a story.
4. EXPERIMENTING WITH PHOTO EFFECTS
Even with the default photo filters, you can still experiment with manual settings even if you’ve already chosen a filter. You can determine the quality of the light source of your photo by controlling its brightness. You can make certain details and colors pop out by adjusting the contrast. For clearer, more defined photos, adjusting the sharpness is definitely a must.
You can adjust the intensity of colors in an image by playing around with the saturation. Increase it to give the photo a warmer feel or decrease it to bring out the blues and grays.
If you want to bring out the beauty of the sunset you took by the beach or make that photo of a dancer in the spotlight more dramatic, play around with the basic tools and photo effects.
5. BRINGING OUT THE BEAUTY
Do you also have portraits in your feed? Before posting a portrait or two, feed, take a step back and see if there is any way to bring out the beauty of your subject’s face even more.
With the help of built-in beauty-enhancing tools, you can get blemish-free and smoother skin. Get rid of eye bags! Add brightness to your eyes. You can even whiten your teeth!
6. CREATING COLLAGES AND CAPTIONS
Instagram has become more than just about posting photos. It’s also about sharing stories. Sometimes, adding captions to your photos, with the help of the text tool, can give a semblance of a storybook. To match the vibe of your photos, you can pick various fonts for your texts.
If you feel like sharing more about a specific event in your life, you can put several photos together in a collage. Usually, applications allow you to fix the borders so there’s no need to worry about your collage looking out of place.
With the help of these features, you can turn your Instagram feed into your own personal exhibit in no time. You do not need to hire a photographer or buy a professional camera to improve the quality of your photos. Be creative and keep experimenting. You already have the tools that will make your viewers stop their fingers from scrolling mindlessly through their feeds and double tap on your posts.