According to Statista.com, there are more than six billion smartphone users worldwide and expected to only grow within the next few years. If you were to ask these six billion users what their favorite thing to do on their phone is, most assuredly they would answer taking photos. We see people taking photos of their food, their pets, their babies, and of course themselves. Photo heavy networks like Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Flickr are all the rage as they continuously grow in numbers.
There’s no denying that smartphone photography has become a thing in the last few years. Apple’s latest ads have tapped into this and seem to target aspiring photographers by showcasing photography taken by iPhones on billboards along the highway. This seems to encourage all types of photographers to go out, get an expensive iPhone, and take stunning photos they can post on Instagram in hopes of growing their audiences, but where do you start? How can you make your photos stand out from the crowds on Instagram? Here are three great tips to help take your game to the next level.
- Explore Your Style
Before you start taking photos of just anything, find your identity. Expert Photography lays out about 12 different themes for you to choose from which include lifestyle photography (most common), portraiture, travel, fashion, landscape, architecture and more. Treat photography as an art, find your style, and start making it unique.
- Change your Perspective
Once way to change things up is to get up close and personal with your subject. There are many accessories on the market that you can clip to your phone like macro lenses or fisheye lenses to take photos. The folks over at Digital Photography School have published a “Guide to Breathtaking Macro Photos” full of tips and tricks so you can take your photos to the next level.
- Get Experimental
One thing you can do to change things up is to get experimental. Try different angles or lighting. Apps such as Glitchr and Mirror Labs have filters that add cool effects to your photos. Think outside the box, and don’t be afraid to get creative with your photos. After all, photography is an art.
- It’s all in the Caption
Now that you got some great photos, try coming up with an equally great caption. Remember to be creative, meaningful, and succint. Check out Oberlo’s “300+ Best Instagram Captions and Selfie Quotes for your Photos” to get some ideas on how to create effective captions.