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Take the perfect Instagram photo in 8 simple steps

Sometimes it can be hard to get your Instagram photo just right… To save you from pulling your hair out, we’ve compiled an 8-step guide to taking the perfect Instagram photo. You can also get inspiration for your photos by checking out what our Influencers are doing.

1. Use the right stuff

Take the initial photo with a different app (bloggers’ favourite: VSCOcam) and take many then pick the best one. Check out these 10 apps that will make you rock at Instagram!

2. Find the right time

Think about the time of day for optimal natural brightness to show your subject in its best light (excuse the pun). Don’t forget you can play around with light, contrast and saturation later on.


3. Capture the right thing

Be aware of your surroundings, check nothing strange or unsightly has crept its way into the background of the picture you’re taking. The classic is that selfie taken in the bathroom where all manner of things are reflected in your mirror… So make sure to have a quick (if localised) tidy up.

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4. Check your angle

Make sure you capture whatever it is from just the right height/distance/angle, and get the best possible shot.

A photo posted by Konsta Punkka (@kpunkka) on


5. Focus

Make sure your photo has one clear focal point, so as not to confuse or irritate anyone looking at the photo.


A photo posted by Matt Scutt (@mattscutt) on


6. Sort it out

Once you have the image, it’s important to scale, straighten and crop it to do it justice. A wonky picture is not the one.


A photo posted by Jake Rich (@jakerich55) on


7. Use the right filter

Get it on Instagram, and filter it up. Your photo will appreciate a decent filter, so take your time and make the right decision.

A photo posted by Speed Society (@speedsociety) on


8. Caption, caption, caption

A great pic with a bad caption is like Prince Charming with bad breath: Not sexy! So get creative and be memorable.

Relationship goals @mayorb @matildaferragni #AmericanDays

A photo posted by Chiara Ferragni (@chiaraferragni) on


Ultimately, whether you post it to Instagram or not, a photograph is a personal memory to you, a precious captured moment that is only really significant if you understand the meaning behind the image. So, the number of hearts you get on any given post shouldn’t really matter…


…But we know it does!

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6 thoughts on “Take the perfect Instagram photo in 8 simple steps

  1. May

    Hey What do you have to say about the fact that states– That ” No Filter” is the most liked and used filter.
    Also really loved your information.

    1. Emily Lydon Post author

      Hello May, you’re right! Lots of Instagramers choose not to use a filter, however studies show that using certain filters can improve impact and engagement on Instagram, so it could be a good idea to use one, depending on what effect you’re after. Thanks for reading the blog! Emily.

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  4. Linda

    Great photos and great tips! I myself use PicsArt photo editor to add artistic and creative touch to all my pics before posting them to Insta! The app is free and suggests a lot of editing tools, filters, masks, and effects.

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