Now with 300 million active users and growing, Instagram is no doubt one of the most used social media platforms for sharing photos today. Fortunately, selfies aren’t the only thing Instagram is used for. The other popular type of photos?
Whether we’re feasting our eyes over handcrafted jars someone posted at 1 PM or colorful beads at 2 AM, creative photography makes for a richer Instagram experience.
Smartphone companies have now upped their game when it comes to their camera features. With a little bit of creativity and the help of some photo editing tool must haves of handmade sellers, it’s now a lot easier to take great photos with just your phone.
Here are some of my personal tips on how to take stunning Instagram product photos with just your iPhone or smartphone.
1. Find The Light
Make sure to find a spot where there’s good lighting!Take advantage of the light! Try not to use the flash. A well-lit subject can make your photo a whole lot better. It can even add a little drama. Your house can offer you a decent lighting – you just have to scout a bit to find out which area of the house has the best lighting. If you can’t find one, you can easily make your own light box on a budget.
2. Experiment With Filters
VSCOcam – an app not just for filters.Sure you can snap a photo of a dish at face value and probably still capture its beauty. But a little “post processing” can make the photo turn out outright gorgeous.
With VSCOcam (pronounced “visco cam”), the filters you can normally use are: HB1/HB2, A6, KK, and C2. To find HB1 and HB2 on VSCOcam, just tap on the Shop button at the end of the filter selection and choose Hypebeast X.
Don’t worry, this filter set is free!If you want to go the extra mile and have a couple of dollars to spare, you can also purchase other filters for even more editing options.
Another feature I like about VSCOcam is how you can play with your photo’s temperature, exposure and sharpness. This will help to get that sharp picture across after post processing. For image sharpening, you can either use VSCOcam or the editing tool found on Instagram.
3. Life In Photos
Get your friends and family to participate in your craft photos. Have them interact with your crafts while you snap away or capture the behind-the-scenes fun when making your handmade products. Let them have fun with your materials while you decide which photo will make it to your Instagram feed out of the 20 different angles of the craft you just shot.
4. Trust Your Imagination
From a summer beach feel to a comforting rainy afternoon, even craft photos have stories to tell.A photo tells a story. Let it tell yours – it could be of the inspiration you have on your latest project, or how you’re feeling.
You don’t need to be tech savvy or use all the filters known to mankind to post an awesome photo. Sometimes, it just takes a smartphone and a lot of heart.