Take your feed from Blah to Wow in 5 simple steps to Style Your Instagram!
When it comes to the world of Instagram the Flat Lay is iconic. Instagram has truly brought to light the art of arranging objects in a visually pleasing way. Fashion, Beauty, Food, Travel, or DIY the possibilities are endless for applying the Flat Lay technique. Shooting from above is something anyone can do with or without a DSLR camera or other expensive equipment. Apply these 5 ways to style your Instagram photos below to your feed or blog and you’ll be amazed at the results. Purposeful, consistent quality photos can add a level of professionalism and legitimacy to your blog. On the other hand, photos that constantly vary in style and quality could be sending out the wrong message. Images create a perceived value so make sure you’re sending the right message with the Ultimate Blog Photography Bootcamp. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience, read full disclosure policy.
1. LIFE-STYLED VISUAL STORY
If you love to decorate your home then this style will come naturally. Start by choose an item you would like to highlight, just like a vocal point in a room. Next, gather props and arrange them to create movement and tell a story. You may recall seeing photos on Instagram that look as if items just perfectly fell out of a market bag onto the kitchen table. They tell story of a handpicking fresh produce from the local farmers market. Considering pairing items that fit a theme or color palette. Keep rearranging items until you have a sense of balance within the frame.
2. TRADITIONAL GRID
This style is all about balanced composition. Start with selecting an odd number of items. Next, lay items out on invisible straight lines within a square format. Theory has it your brain will try to automatically pair things up and when it can’t due to the odd number, it is will keep moving through the composition. This phenomenon makes a photo very pleasing to the eye.
3. SPACE FOR ADDING TEXT
This is an extension of the Lifestyle Visual Story. Start with the steps in that style then either remove or push items into the corners or edges of your frame. Thus intentionally creating an empty space in the photo for adding text after. I recommend adding text in Photoshop with an Instagram template. It’s a simple attractive way to get a message across your Instagram feed.
4. OPEN SPACE
This style is great way to add fresh clean space to your Instagram feed. Start with a plain background such as a white foam board, marble counter top, or basic linen. Next choose one item as your main focus. Then shoot your lay flat with a lot of open space around the focus item. You’ll be surprised at the bold statement an Open Space lay flat makes.
5. ANGLED GRID
This is an easy add on style to the Traditional Grid lay flat. Start with the steps in that technique then simply turn your camera on an exaggerated angle. This gives your photo a completely different composition without a lot of effort on your part.
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Maybe you’re just toying with idea of opening an Instagram account or maybe you are just ready for a change. I hope you find my 5 ways to style your Instagram photos a breath of fresh air and if nothing else inspiration. What are your favorite ways to style your Instagram feed? Share it in the comments below.
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