Today's post is a guest post about how to take the best photos for your social media. While I've definitely gotten better at photos in the past few years (especially because of my social media job) but we could all use some tips to get by! 


These days it’s easy for anyone with a smartphone and an Instagram account to call themselves a photographer. But it takes more than a cool filter and a selfie stick to capture a great picture. And although we can’t all carry professional cameras around with us, there are plenty of ways to improve your smartphone photography skills!

Here are 5 quick and easy tips to help you step up your photo game!

  1. Know Your Light Source
Bad lighting can easily ruin an otherwise great shot. Find the nearest light source and make sure your subject is facing it. Natural lighting is always going to be your best option. Don’t rely on your camera’s harsh flash unless absolutely necessary.

2. Utilize Your Space
The subject of your photo doesn’t always have to be centered in the frame. Experiment with negative space and creative backgrounds, to really craft some unique compositions!

3. Hold Still
Unless you’re taking a selfie, you should be making sure to steady your phone with both hands when taking a picture. This might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at the difference two hands can make in decreasing blur in a photo.

4. Do Some Post Production
If you really want your photos to pop, you should take some additional time to edit them before you post. There are some wonderful, and easy-to-use photo-editing apps out there like Snapseed that can help you to really make your pics stand out!

5. Don’t Be Too Precious
Whether you choose to display your pics on social media, or in a new-age smart frame like this one, people are only going to see your best photos. So in an effort to save space on your phone, it’s a good idea to be in the habit of deleting pictures you know you’ll never use. Do you really need 10 pictures of that sunset?

What are some of your own smartphone photography tricks?
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