How to Take Great Instagram Photos

3 tips for taking fabulous Instagram pics

It's true what they say — a picture is worth a thousand words, especially when it comes to your social media presence. Want to amp it up? Here's how to look and feel great in any photo:

1. Find the right composition

If you're using your smartphone to snap pictures, hold your phone out at arm's length in front of a mirror so you can see how things look from the other side of the shot. Then take some practice pictures, which will help you discover the right composition for feeling confident in any photo.

2. Get the right lighting

You want to avoid direct sunlight, which can highlight imperfections. You should also avoid flash on your camera, even at night. This is because the colors will be distorted. Instead, opt for natural light that isn't too bright.

3. Experiment with angles

Play around with angles until you find a few that are flattering and make you feel confident. A popular angle to try is: hold your smartphone above your head and extend it about a foot from you. This downward-facing angle is slimming because it highlights whatever is closest to the lens.

Work it, girl!

Taking a great photo doesn't have to be complicated. It all comes down to finding the right angle, lighting, and composition. Most importantly, you should feel comfortable and confident in the photo!

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  2. "10 Women Share Their Sexy Selfie Tips," Refinery29, June 25, 2018.

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