Capturing life at its most extraordinary moments has been a pastime for amateurs and professionals alike. Photographer, Marc Riboud, describes his experience as “taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” We all can stop and appreciate the beauty that the world has to offer, and live the cliché that “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
With the creation of Instagram, the app closed the gap on professionalism and allowed everyone access to the tools it takes to become a successful photographer. However, not all photographs are created equal. In order to capture these precious moments, it is important to know more about Instagram and tips on navigating the perfect shot.
Luckily, the iPhone features a mode that can allow you to control the amount of light that enters your shot. With a simple tap of the finger, you can tap the areas of light on your screen to help define contrast and exposure. Also, the iPhone can lock onto the exposure by tapping and holding the screen for a few seconds so that it doesn’t automatically readjust your exposure. Instagram is easy to handle in most light situations, typically with direct, hard sunlight. You may find more difficulty in higher-contrast lighting. When in doubt, try for the creative approach: go for the back light shot and bring your pictures to “light” with your edit contrast feature.
When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!- Ted Grant
Color bleeds life into photographs, and lucky for amateurs and professionals, the Instagram camera is extremely forgiving. You can simply edit the photo to add an effect where the colors and shadows pop. Be careful when filming in dark lighting or dark rooms. The flash will sometimes destroy the contrast in a photo. Instead, use the simple filters and contrast enhancement that Instagram provides to create dynamic or subtle colors. Especially when photographing food, avoid sepia (not very appetizing) and add subtle hues. The Lux portion of Instagram will assist you with color contrasts. Believe it or not, black and white photos can add more depth to your photos.
When the world becomes unclear, I shall focus with photographs.- Ansel Adams
Know the focal point of your photograph. Don’t have your phone focus on the wrong part of your composition, and do not overuse the clarity feature. Utilize the tap to focus feature in Instagram and tell your phone what you’d like to focus on. Sometimes smart phones are not always that “smart;” they don’t always know what you want. Once you focus your image, it will pull out the sharpest parts and draw your image into your viewer’s focus.
Use the rule of thirds to give your photo balance. When in doubt, let the grid feature on the phone help you to shoot your focal point straight. Always make sure your horizon is lined up straight. Remember, see the world in squares with the 1×1 crop. For a little flavor, add one of Instagrams’ many borders to shape your photograph and make it unique. You can even crop your photo using the grid at unique positions.
Taking pictures from down low or a high up position is more interesting than always shooting a target head on. Don’t forget to straighten horizons. Be creative and take shots from unusual angles. Have fun and blur out certain portions of your image. The more creative your photograph, the more interesting it is to viewers.
What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.- Karl Lagerfeld
At the end of the day, have patience. A picture will take time to capture and you cannot rush these beautiful moments in life. However, you can try to simply shoot first and process later. For example, the iPhones’ camera app can be set to burst-shooting mode (up to 5 images per second) to capture life in motion. From these takes, you can choose the best photo with no rush.
Less is More
A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.- Eudora Wetly
When in doubt, keep to simple photographs. Always keep your images free of clutter and distraction. Let a strong subject matter be the star of the show and set the focus on something simple. This way, life’s moments that are captured on camera can be truly savored.
About the Author
Katie Elizabeth is an avid Instafanatic who captures every memorable moment so she can remember it later. She loves photography, writing, social media and technology. You can usually find her writing about various topics like web design cost, Facebook and photography.