10 Instagram Tricks From Our Favorite Accounts

by Macy Alcaraz   |  Nov 3, 2014
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We know how obsessive one can get when posting on Instagram. And while we don't recommend getting too serious about this social network (c'mon, it's Instagram; it should be fun!), we understand why you would want your posts to look nice and double-tap worthy. So browsing through our favorite feeds, we came up with 10 simple tips to help you with your own!

  1. Don't be afraid to shoot off-frame. Sometimes, a unique crop makes a photo much more interesting. Try shooting at an angle or flipping your camera to the other side. You'll be surprised at how nice your photo will turn out!

  2. Thoughtfully placed props never hurt nobody. If you've got a bunch of flowers lying around, why not use them to frame your latest book purchase? Doesn't this photo look pretty?

  3. Who says you need to wear the clothes to tag your #OOTD? Some of the best outfits we've seen on Instagram are laid out flat.

  4. Go for an interesting background. This "marble" table top isn't actually marble. *gasp* Don't believe us? Check out A Pair and A Spare's amazing how-to on her blog and you'll totally have fun taking photos of your accesories of the day on your own "marble" table top.

  5. Shadows are not always a bad thing. Sometimes, you won't even need filters to make the photo extra dramatic!


  6. Look down. Sometimes, it's an interesting view, too. (Check out the hashtag #ihavethisthingwithfloors!)

  7. Food + travel = always a good thing. When you're traveling, don't you like trying out the local cuisine? Why not merge your food photos with your travel ones?

  8. Stick to a color palette. If you're the type to buy clothes in the same colors, you might end up posting photos in the same color family, anyway. It might not make sense at first, but when you see your grid after a few posts, you'll get what we mean.

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  9. Add a little analog into the mix. We absolutely love the paper cutouts superimposed on the heads of people in this account.

  10. Let them see your work in progress. Are you an artist? Why not use the video function of Instagram to show a bit of your creative process? If you've got an extra pair of hands (like your bestie or your sibling), you can even shoot with Hyperlapse to get a fun effect.

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Macy Alcaraz
Former Editor in Chief, candymag.com
When she's not busy online, she's in the kitchen on a mission to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
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