Smartphone Photography Tips #VZWBuzz

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, (I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided, nor did I promise a positive feedback) all opinions are my own.

I don’t know about you, but I am always trying to up my Insta-game. I love the feeling of taking a great shot and sharing it with all of my friends, family, and followers. If you’re a social media maven, you know you’re always looking for the perfect shot to add to your feed! The extra hearts are just the icing on the cake.

Check out my top 5 photography tips to take the best snaps using your smartphone:

1. Thirds’ the charm: There’s a reason so many camera apps have the option to take a photo using a grid. Great shots follow the rule of thirds. Take a photo of a sunset with the horizon line in the lower third. Or take a photo of your bestie off center in the right or left third of the shot.

2. Filter your filters: The best way to create a visually appealing Instagram feed is to be conservative and consistent with your filters. Check out Lauren Conrad’s Insta-feed for example. You’ll find that the filters she uses are consistent, and match the brand she’s created for all of her lines.

3. Tell your color story: Have you ever been to someone’s feed and it just makes sense? A great example is Kate Spade New York’s Insta-feed.  The brand’s motto is “Live Colorfully” and their Instagram tells the same story. What’s your Insta-story?

4. Light it up: Have you ever taken the best photo and come to find out, the lighting just sucks?!  I know there are apps for that, but sometimes the lighting is just beyond correction. Take a moment before taking your shot to adjust the lighting. It can make a huge difference in the saturation of the colors in your photo, as well as ensuring that the shadows are just where you want them.

5. Adjust your layout: I’m not going to lie… my layout is all over the place right now. I love the look of a nice white border around my photos and admittedly, I might use the Insta-size app a little too much. Create your signature layout. Do you want every fifth photo to be a quote? Or will you create a border around each photo to create a very unique aesthetic? Whatever you choose, be consistent so you appeal to single photo viewers (in their feed) or those who choose to view your photos as one (on your personal page).

No matter what color story or layout you choose, your Instagram feed reflects what you like and who you are.  It’s a great way to help others see your personal brand.

Do you have a photography tip to share?  I’d love to hear it!

Plus, catch me tomorrow on the live show after the #VZWBuzz chat.  I’ll be spilling the scoop on Smartphone Photography.

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Sarah Ruhlman is the founder and editor of Sarah Scoop.com. Sarah is a lifestyle blogger, online influencer and television personality. Email sarah@sarahscoop.com to connect and work together.
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