sips & tips: taking photos

One of the most frequently asked questions I get on Instagram is how do I take my photos, or what filters do I use, and what camera do I take my pictures on.  So today I thought I'd share some tips on how to better your photos and overall feel to your Instagram feed. I must warn you though it's not some top secret recipe, I simply follow these tips and add a hint of creativity to each photo, I hope this helps!

turn on your grid
Before you even press that shutter button, make sure your grid is on! I personally only use my iphone 6 for my photos and most if not all iphones have this grid feature on their camera. This helps you straighten your photo from the start and lets you play with the rule of 3rds when your composing your picture. The rule of 3rds is basically how the grid divides your picture into 3 rows going horizontally and vertically. Shifting your subject  to any of these directions instantly adds a different perspective that you can use along with objects dead center like this delicious Bee Grateful juice from The Juice Standard below: 

window light is your best friend
The one thing I never use is flash. It's great I guess for night time selfies or finding something in the dark, other then that I never touch the thing and always have it off. Window light on the other hand or any natural light is the best thing ever. For me one of the main components of my photos is how good the lighting actually is. From time to time I may have to fidget with the exposure while editing, but good light calls for less editing and brighter pictures.

try different angles
Okay now that we've got our grid on and our window light shining through it's time to take the pictures, yes I said pictures not picture. Often some people think it's a one time shot and that's it, lucky for you if it happens that way, but for me I like to take different angles of my subject multiple times. So that afterwards I have a variety to choose from and not just one shot that I now don't seem to like anymore. I'll take an aerial view, shots from both the left and right angle and maybe just straight on but I always take more then one, and thats how you also discover what angles you like as well!

stick to one filter
This is what works for me to create that cohesion with my feed, but again everything is a preference so you can use one filter or twenty, it is entirely up to you and your Instagram needs. I personally only use vscocam to edit my photos and quite frankly it's all I need. I use the "A" filters which are the analog filters. That is simply what I like to be the look and feel of my pictures so you can decide that life changing decision on your own once you've ventured around the other filters.

less is more
I personally believe the key to a good picture is not having to edit it at all. If you can achieve your desired picture without tons and tons of layers of filters then you did a good job. So as much as I love vscocam I will only tamper with the exposure, contrast, or temperature if need be. And even if I do its never that drastic. 

I hope that you were able to take something away from this post to help you take better pictures, if you have any further questions or another helpful suggestion feel free to leave them in the comments below!


*hello lovely pair of eyes please give credit where credit is due. all content & photography belong to denny noelle unless stated otherwise.