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7 Tips for Better Instagram Photos of Your Home

These days, who doesn’t want to share a snapshot of a styled dining table or a well-organized reading nook?

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It’s one thing to have a beautifully styled home; it’s another to take a photo of it as some sort of bragging right on Instagram. But before you whip out your smartphone, heed these tips on taking better Instagram photos. Remember: a badly taken photo will not do justice to that perfectly curated vignette. 

Know and maximize your camera phone's features

The higher the megapixels mean that it can produce better images. Also, it’s important to make use of your phone’s capability to focus, so that your images are crisp and not blurred. Nothing ruins a good photo than blurry details (unless of course it’s done deliberately to convey motion, but that’s another story).

Keep in mind that a good photo that’s worth liking does not depend on the brand of your smartphone; it’s all about skills and how you use your camera to take advantage of those skills.

Photo by @inaserapio518

Be mindful of composition

Consider the elements surrounding your subject (the main focus of your photo) and the framing (does your subject take up the whole frame, or should you crop it?).

Be on the lookout for interesting and striking details like texture and colors/contrast, as these also help in composing a good photo.

Photo by @dagnymadamba

Play with light and shadow

Photo by @thisismyapt

Photography—whether it’s using a camera phone or a DSLR—is all about working with light. Natural light is best (early morning and late afternoon light), but if there's no natural light, go for soft artificial light that won’t wash out the details of your subject.

Photo by @talasingson

Find the perfect angle

Top shots work best for table setups; close ups and vignettes are great for when you want to zero in on interesting details; and sweeping or wide-angle shots are best if you want to show an entire space.

Photo by @shine_funa

There’s really no hard and fast rules here, but do remember that a good angle is comfortable to look at. If a photo of a console table makes you want to tilt your head or your phone to see it better, then it’s most likely a bad angle.

Photo by @annavfelipe

Tinker with depth of field

Which part of the subject do you want to render in sharp details? Do you want to blur the background so you can better keep the focus on that intricately painted vase?

Photo by @shine_funa 

By all means, play with your camera phone’s capability to focus, as mentioned earlier. Just try to avoid Instagram’s blur/tilt shift feature, because this makes a photo look unnaturally defocused—and that’s not pretty to look at.

Photo by @whatelsemichelle

Find a good photography app and stick with it

Instagram has come up with new filters that make photos still look natural, but personally, my go-to photo editing app is VSCO Cam. 

@jelitodeleon's Instagram

Find a filter and try to use it regularly. My favorite IGers make use of a consistent filter, so when you look at their feed in graph view, the photos have this uniform look and feel no matter the variety of subjects.

@marte_marie_forsberg's Instagram

Experiment and practice

As with anything, be patient and keep on practicing and posting. You’ll eventually get the look and “feel” that you want. Your followers will notice that, too, and they’ll hit the “like” button more often.

Good photos of pretty interiors (and any subject, for that matter) are always inspiring—no matter the style of your home. Who knows, your next IG post might just land you a feature on Real Living!

Photo by @vjbang

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