10 Tricks To Nail Your Instagram Shots

Because who doesn't like an awesome looking grid, right?
by Macy Alcaraz   |  Jan 14, 2015
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When you're browsing Instagram, don't you feel the hours just pass by? One minute you're on the Explore page just scrolling and scrolling and the next thing you know you're 52 weeks deep in somebody's Instagram feed. Yup, we know exactly how that happens because we've experienced it, too! 

Because we're obsessed with Instagram stalking, we've picked up a few tricks on why a post stands out from the rest. If you're looking to improve your feed, then scroll down to learn a thing or two!

  1. Work in progress. Working on a painting or a typography piece? Lay out your materials on the floor or on your desk for that behind-the-scenes look.

  2. Back to black. Instead of a stark white background, why not use a darker setup instead? Especially when you're taking a photo of bright accessories,

  3. Beautiful mess. Tie together a mishmash of different items with a neutral element like your favorite magazine opened to a non-busy spread. Plus points if it's in the same color family!

  4. Animal instincts. Use your pet as a model! 100% cruelty-free.

  5. Photo inception. Take a photo of a photo (or several photos). So meta.

  6. Have a hand in it. Literally. Use your hand as a prop for over-the-head food shots. Make sure you've got cute nail polish on, too.

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  7. Accidental diptych. No need for apps to do a collage if your subject already naturally frames itself.

  8. Zoom in. Sometimes, you don't need to see the entire photo to appreciate the beauty of it.

  9. Be literal. Seas the day lettering x the shore.

  10. Repeat. Just shopped for one top in all colors? Lay them on top of one another for the perf flat lay shot.

What are your signature Instagram shots? Leave a comment and dish with other equally obsessed Instagram users! (There are a lot of us, we promise.) You can also tweet us @candymagdotcom to join in on the conversation.

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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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