High quality photos for instagram are the essence of any successful profile, which continues to attract new subscribers. That’s why in this article we’ll explain how to take amazing photos that give your profile a real boost.

Step 1: Buy professional equipment

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If you want to shoot good photos for Instagram, you need suitable equipment.

The technical equipment is of course the be-all and end-all when it comes to successful pictures. But don’t worry: you don’t have to buy an expensive camera to take great pictures. A modern smartphone is perfectly fine. Almost more important than the camera is the lighting of the scenery. When it’s too dark, even the most professional camera won’t help you – your photos will always look unprofessional. If you don’t want to rely on the lighting conditions of the day, you should buy some so-called softboxes. For about 30 Euros per piece you get a great opportunity to illuminate your motives perfectly. Alternatively you can try to edit the photos afterwards. Unfortunately, this barely ever looks good and takes a lot of time, which you can save with this one-time investment. 

Step 2: Know your options

Whether you end up taking photos for Instagram with your smartphone or an expensive camera, and regardless of your budget for great lighting, you should know how to use your equipment to get the most out of it. A professional photographer can take better pictures with any smartphone than an amateur with a DSLR. Don’t be afraid to shoot from multiple angles and tinker with the settings. Explore what’s possible and find out what you like. You can also search the web for tutorials on how to edit photos and which camera settings might work for you.

Step 3: Take time to edit your photos for Instagram

Especially at the beginning of your Instagram career, it will take you a while to develop an eye for beautiful images. Some days you will have to take several hundred photos for a single beautiful posting. Only with time you will get a feeling for which photos, which props and which backgrounds your fans like. If a motif appeals to you in particular, you can also post it several times. However, you should allow some time to pass between each posting and think up a new story to tell. 

Step 4: Pay attention to the format

Wouldn’t it be annoying to take a great photo and then find that important parts of the image are cut off? This is what happens to you if you use the wrong image ratio or if you don’t crop your photo properly. Always remember that pictures on instagram are shown as a square and the attention is usually focused on the center of the picture. So you should place important content in the middle of the photo. Of course, it can look good if certain props are only partially visible, but until you find your own style, you should experiment a little.

Step 5: Use RAW photos for Instagram

This step is important for anyone who has afforded a professional camera and now wants to know how to get the best out of their photos. “Raw state” means that your camera does not compress the images to save space. This makes it much easier to edit the photos afterwards. The only drawback is that raw files take up a lot of memory. That’s why you should get one or more memory cards, which you can easily take with you to cool locations like our Selfie Museum. Please also keep in mind that you will need professional software to edit the raw version of the pictures. More about this later.

Step 6: Learn how to edit your photos for Instagram

Even the best photos can benefit from a final touch to give your posts a distinctive style. There are two ways to edit your photos for Instagram: Either download apps to your phone or use professional PC software. Many successful Instagramer use a mixture of both to edit their photos on the go. Here is an overview of the best software for smartphone and PC:

AppsRatingPlatform
Snapseed4,6 / 5Android / iOS
VSCO4,4 / 5Android / iOS
Adobe Lightroom4,3 / 5Android / iOS
Afterlight4,2 / 5Android / iOS
Facetune24 / 5Android / iOS

Note: The apps presented here can be used free of charge. However, some functions must first be activated via in-app purchases.

AppsRatingPlatform
Snapseed4,6 / 5Android / iOS
VSCO4,4 / 5Android / iOS
Adobe Lightroom4,3 / 5Android / iOS
Afterlight4,2 / 5Android / iOS
Facetune24 / 5Android / iOS

Note: Both programs are professional software. We have refrained from making an evaluation because both are better suited for different purposes. If you want to edit and manage many photos in a row, Lightroom is the best choice. If you want to optimize a single photo down to the last pixel, Photoshop is your “go-to” choice. 

One last tip: Save different settings that you can use over and over again to give your photos a consistent look for Instagram.

Step 7: Set the scene

You don’t have to have the perfect body or the perfect face that looks good from all angles. Even the prettiest Instagramer uses little tricks to look your best in photos. Take Instagramer Chessikingg as an example:

As you can see: Body posture, make-up and post-production play a central role in photos. So don’t be too sad if you don’t look perfect on your pictures right away.

Step 8: Provide variety 

The average Instagram user only takes a few minutes a day to scroll through their feed. They want to be entertained and surprised. He will notice if you keep posting similar photos or orientate yourself towards other users. If you get lost in the mass of posts because you keep posting the same thing over and over again, you will quickly lose followers. This also means, by the way, that you should break out of your scheme from time to time. If you present creative DIY projects on your profile every day, you’re not just limiting yourself to a single target group, you’re also boring your fans.

Great photos for Instagram in the WOW! Gallery

You want to surprise your followers with special photos and have a lot of fun at the same time? Then check out the WOW! Gallery. We offer you 25 interactive backdrops with professional lighting. Optionally, you can also let our make-up artist do your make-up for you. That way, the perfect photo is guaranteed!

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