How to Take Instagram Worthy Pics: A Guide for New IG Users

Discover the secrets of taking Instagram worthy pics. This guide shares all the details of what to do when taking great photos for your IG.

With over one billion active Instagram users, the platform can feel rather intimidating! Should you post a portrait or landscape photo? Should you use a filter or leave it unedited?

We have the answers you need to get started. Keep reading to discover how to take Instagram worthy pics.

Shoot Vertically

If you want your Instagram photos to get noticed, shoot vertically! Vertical (portrait) photos take up more space in the feed when compared to horizontal photos. This means that people are more likely to pause and really take a look at your photo. Maybe they’ll leave a like and a comment!

Be Prepared to Crop

The ideal Instagram sizes for vertical photos is 8×10. Phones and cameras don’t naturally shoot this cropped, so be prepared to cut off either part of the top or bottom of your photo when you post it on Instagram.

This means that you should be taking a photo with this in mind. If you’re posting a close up photo for a face or a product, you want to leave yourself a little extra room at the top or bottom, knowing that it will be cut off.

Plan Your Feed

Instagram is all about visuals. Even if each individual photo on your feed is stunning if someone goes to your profile and your photos are all different colors, saturation levels, and brightness levels the won’t work together.

Plan your feed in advance using a program like Later or Planoly so that you can see how all of your photos will work together.

Show Movement

Movement in photographs is a way of inviting the viewer in and helping them experience the photo. Have your model (or yourself) add movement to the photo by flicking a flowy dress, flipping hair or catch a falling bit of ice cream. Even something as simple as catching your model in a real laugh shows movement and life and is a great way to get those Instagram follower numbers up!

Edit Your Photos

Editing your photos is a great way to create a consistent feed. While you can edit in your phone’s editing app, it’s not recommended. Instead, try a free app like Snapseed or the free Lightroom mobile app. If you find yourself loving photography, consider investing in computer editing software like Lightroom and Photoshop.

If you need help editing, it’s worth investing in the presets (photo filters) that many Instagram influencers sell today. The filters can be used with the free Lightroom mobile app to help you edit like these photographers.

Start Taking Instagram Worthy Pics Today

Taking Instagram worthy pics isn’t as hard as you might think! All you need is a phone or camera, some basic editing software, and a bit of knowledge about photography and you’re ready to go. Don’t be afraid to take lots of photos and really experiment with your angles and lighting.

Practice makes perfect!

If you want to learn more about photography and the Instagram lifestyle, keep reading!