11 Instagram Stars Spill Their Secrets
Much more than just a continuous parade of #selfies and #tbts, Instagram is a vibrant, burgeoning community of talented creatives—photographers, designers, and more, who offer us an intimate look at their processes, adventures, and unique points of view. You could say that these Instagrammers are paving the way for a new kind of modern-day expression and storytelling. So what is it that makes their images so much more visually satisfying and inspiring than the average ones in your feed? To find out, we picked the brain of our favourite follows. Read on for their best creative secrets.
"Show your viewers something they haven't seen before. Try travelling to the places you're already curious about. And doing some research beforehand is recommended." – Darren Pearson
“Experiment with cropping and negative space. An ordinary object can become extraordinary in a creative composition. Also, I love shooting my photos mid morning or late afternoon. I find some of the best shadows and magical light moments occur then.” — Jonathan Lo
“It can be hard to fight the urge to post your brunch every weekend, or that cute kitten you have hanging around (especially when you know it will get a ton of likes), but I would at least try to ask yourself ‘Is there something unique or interesting I can bring to this platform today?’ Sometimes, the answer is ‘No.’ But then other times, the answer is ‘Yes, yes there is!’ and then something really wonderful and honest happens.” — Jen Gotch
"When you're shooting at sunset or in low light, make sure to turn on HDR on your iPhone camera. It's able to capture more highlights and lowlights, which ultimately will make for a more dynamic image." — Jessie Webster
“You have to have a real crush on what's in front of you to take a good picture. No matter the subject, you have to be a believer in it, and you have to take the photo like you're excited to share it with the world. If you're not, and if you're just taking a photo because you've seen photos like it get likes, people will be able to tell it's not genuine. Also, don't be afraid to only share one out of every thousand pictures you take. Put your best foot forward.” — Jimmy Marble
“Post often, and stay true to yourself. I love California, I love bright colours, and I love having a clean aesthetic. I think that really comes through on my Instagram feed.” — Kimberly Genevieve
“Be who you are and forget all the recipes. I post what I love, what I see with my eyes—it's usually the most simple subjects, but it's a colour story or a texture appreciation. I don't think too hard about it.” — Elise Mesner
“For me, sharing on Instagram serves as a digital scrapbook of my travels. It's important to me that my feed is built with integrity, and I do this by posting the images that I feel good viewing, even if they aren't necessarily going to attract the most likes. When I scroll back through months of my feed, I'm reminded of feelings I had during those moments, which span the vast emotional spectrum and not just the occasional picture-perfect scenarios.” — Molly Steele
“Don't argue with the image. If you've continually worked a shot, or can't quite seem to find the right light in a certain place, or are having trouble getting the edit you want, it's not because you're a bad photographer or don't have the eye. It's because forcing something usually yields jagged results. If you're not wildly in love with your work, then don't expect anyone else to be either. If you don't feel excited, the photo will not be exciting. So, try a new angle. Walk down the street to a different location. Wait half an hour and try it again when the light has changed. Reward yourself with taking risks, and the risks taken will undoubtedly reward you right back.” — Sera Lindsey
“When it comes to Instagram, let's face it, you don't have much time or space to communicate with your audience. So get to the heart of your subject whether it's a landscape, or a portrait. Your subject doesn't have to be simple, but your representation of it should be. Keep it simple.” — Garrett Cornelison
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