Remember that Photojojo lens set that you asked for as a stocking stuffer? Well now it’s time to put it to use! Even without the lens set, these tips will help you to release your inner Instagram master while letting your creativity run wild. #gotft

  1. Get Your Grid On

Use the grid feature on your phone to utilize the rule of thirds and help compose your shots. The grid feature can be found under the settings option for photos and camera on most smartphones. What is the rule of thirds, you ask? Why, only the best known principle of photographic composition! You basically imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. From here you place your points of interest in the intersections or along the lines and voilà! A wonderfully balanced Instagram shot!


#nature #ruleofthirds #busybee

  1. Selfie Say What?

Okay, okay. So we’re all guilty of it, but you’ve gotta stop using the front-facing camera for selfies! It’s convenient, yes, but the rear-facing camera (the one on the back of your phone) takes pictures at a waaay higher resolution. So the next time you’re hanging out in the Pompidou Center and want to capture that perfect selfie, say “bye-bye” to grainy images and “hello” to a new and improved photographic you!

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#selfie #paris #modernart

  1. Embrace the Light

Now before you go straight into messing around with all of those glorious filters, take a moment to adjust the photo brightness. It’s the easiest way to improve the photo without drastically changing it, so you might surprise yourself with your photo skills sans filter! Because who really needs a filter for the quintessential photo of an African sunrise anyways?

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#nofilter #africa #sunrise

  1. Text Me, Maybe.

Become your own graphic artist by adding text to your images with the app Over. It makes it really fun to add text to photos and up their awesomeness to the next level!

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#travelersnottourists #parcguell #vivaespana

  1. Share the Food. Share the Love.

If you’re like us and love nothing more than blowing up your friends’ Insta feeds with mouthwatering foodie photos, then you should definitely get the Feedie app. This app not only lets you share the photos of your food, but when you share pictures of your meal at participating Feedie restaurants, the restaurant makes a donation equal to one meal to The Lunchbox Fund. That, my friends, makes for some deliciously amazing photos.

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#gelato #italy #feedie

  1. Because One is Never Enough

Sometimes one photo simply isn’t enough. You have a story to tell and Diptic and Layout (from Instagram) will help you tell it. These amazing apps will give you the tools needed to make amazing collages that will bring the tales of your travels to life from start to finish.

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#francophile #hands #france

  1. Walk the Road Less Travelled

Whether it’s a phone, a point and shoot or a DSLR, learn how to use your camera to spend the best of its capabilities. While learning the many tricks your camera has to offer, spend your time experiencing the world around you as you move through it. Observation is the most important tool a photographer has! Live, learn, repeat.

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#unknownpaths #fiji #liveandlearn

  1. Dare to be Different

Experiment when shooting. Look for different angles. Get down low to the ground, climb on top of something, or hold your camera over your head. If you take a shot, find another angle to shoot the same scene. The more you shoot, the more you will learn what you like and develop your own style.

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#photography #highlands #creative

  1. Share Your Passion

Consistency is key when it comes to what and how you’re posting. If your goal is to up the amount of followers that you have, then it’s essential that you find your “thing” – something that consistently shows through every photo. Capture shots of what you love and try to treat your Instagram like a curated collection of your life.

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#elephants #thailand #passion

  1. You do You!

At the end of the day, you shouldn’t worry about your follower count or how many likes you get. Shoot what you want, share what you want, and let your feed represent you and not someone you’re trying to be. You are awesome and no matter what you post on Instagram, those around you will figure that out soon enough!

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#summersnow #swissalps #beyourself