5 Tips For Better Instagram Photos


Happy Wednesday, friends! 2015 marks the year that I became passionate about curating photos and creating content. I found happiness in the ability to express myself creatively and love sharing that with all of you. Below I'm sharing five of my favorite photos that I captured throughout the year and I also share a few tips to take better Instagram photos. Enjoy!


TIP 01.
CLEAN YOUR LENSE. You have no idea how many times I've taken a whole set of photos, cleaned everything up then gone to edit only to find out my lens was dirty the whole time. It's one of those lessons you learn quickly. Always clean your lens before you capture your shot, specially if you're using your iPhone, those things get dirty fast.

TIP 02.
SHOOT IN SQUARE MODE. It is so much easier to take photos in square mode. You have complete control in the placement of the items in your photo and you save yourself a little bit of time from having to crop later. 

TIP 03.
KEEP YOUR BACKGROUND CLEAN. A clean and simple background is key to make the items in your photo stand out. I love using light/white backgrounds. 

TIP 04.
TAKE A LOT OF PHOTOS. For every photo I post on Instagram, I have at least 10-15 similar shots in my camera roll. I always like to start shooting and then will begin to rearrange the items in my photo as I go on. Sometime I replace some items, other times I nix them completely. I like giving myself options so I could choose the best one to edit and share.

TIP 05.
LIGHT IS IMPORTANT. Light is so very important. I can't stress this enough. Natural light is best for capturing the perfect shot. I love setting up to shoot in the morning next to a large window. It keeps my photos bright and airy and makes for the perfect shot.

I hope you found these tips helpful. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me. I'd be happy to answer! I am not a professional photographer by any means but I do find joy in capturing shots to share and enjoy along side all of you. The other day I scrolled through the entirety of my Instagram profile and I was amazed by how far it has come. It's so funny because I could tell the exact moment when I began to experiment with flatlays and they were so not good! haha! But I will never delete those photos because there is nothing to be ashamed of, it shows that there was only room for improvement and it paved a way for a learning process. I only hope to keep on learning and practicing my skills to flourish and grow and share that with all of you in the new year to come.

Thank you so much for joining me in this journey,

XO Karen

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