Tips & Tricks: How to Take the Perfect Instagram

Lauren Conrad's Tips for How to Take the Perfect Instagram {a must read} Every time I post an Instagram photo, I always see comments asking about what filter I use or how I got the lighting just right. Instagram is no doubt my favorite app. But the truth is that—as any avid Instagrammer knows—it often takes about 10 tries to get the perfect photo. There are also a few trusty tricks I turn to when I go to post an Instagram. And today, I’ll be sharing these tips for the first time ever with all of you. I’ve enlisted my favorite photographer Yoni Goldberg to add his two cents as well, so you can pretty much consider these tips professional.

Without further ado, here are eight tips for taking the perfect Instagram photo…

1. Get the right crop.
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One of the best things Yoni has taught me is that Instagrams don’t always have to be square. While I prefer most of mine to be squared off, I do think some photos can look much better when they are horizontal or vertical. “There’s a reason why the 35mm film camera’s negative has a 2×3 aspect ratio,” says Yoni. “Landscape (horizontal) images are simply more appealing to the eye.” There are many apps out there to help you size a horizontal image appropriately for Instagram while keeping the background clean. Try using Whitagram or Afterlight.

2. Get the right composition.
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While I do like the way a centered photo feels, I sometimes find that my photos can become more interesting when the subject is not placed right in the middle. To find the right composition, I use the lines on the screen when I open up the camera because they divide the screen into thirds both horizontally and vertically. I learned about the “rule of thirds” in my high school photography class and have used it ever since! The rule of thirds just means that your images will create more energy and interest if you place your subject along these lines or at their intersections. Click here to learn more about how to make your photos fit into the rule of thirds. And give it a try!

3. Get it straight.
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The straightening tool is one of my favorite Instagram features that many people just skip over. But once you discover it, it can become your new best friend. I use the straightening tool when there is a horizon line through the photo, like a sunset, the base of a wall, or a beach. A photo with a straight horizon looks so much better. And once you’ve straightened a photo yourself, you will begin to take notice when other photos look a little crooked.

4. Get the right lighting.
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When it comes to taking a photo, there’s nothing more beautiful than natural light. I rarely ever use the flash on my phone, and I find that my photos turn out better when I have soft, natural light. One of my favorite tips for getting the lighting right in a photo is playing around with where your camera is focusing. For example, if you tap on the screen when you’re setting up your shot, you will notice that the place you tap your finger is where the lens focuses. Tapping on the darkest area of the photo will add the most light into your lens. Try tapping on different areas until your lighting and focus are just right.

5. Get the right filter.
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When Instagram first became popular I think everyone went a little filter crazy. I often take a step back and see if I even need a filter at all. I get asked frequently “What filter is that?” when in fact there isn’t a filter. Yoni says that there seems to be a misconception that photographers have filters that they are simply putting over everything. But the not-so-sexy truth is that there isn’t a one-button way to make an image beautiful. I have a few editing apps that I like to use on my phone (namely one called Snapseed) but I don’t often use filters. You’d be amazed at how far small changes in contrast, temperature, and saturation can go. When I do use an Instagram filter, I like to keep things simple and stick to Nashville or Valencia.

6. Get the right background.
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If I’m going to be Instagramming an object, I like to look for simple, neutral backgrounds. I like backgrounds that are a soft color or white because they allow the subject to become the focal point of the image. Think of yourself as an artist painting a still life: You would never paint a busy background if you wanted a bouquet of flowers to stand out. As in most things in life, just keep it simple.

7. Get the right caption.
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I am a fan of using a pun or a play on words when thinking up a caption. In general, make your caption count. Some people pay more attention to creating a beautiful photo than writing a meaningful caption, and that’s OK. It is a photo-sharing app, after all! If you can’t think of something to say about your photo, you can always turn to using fun Emojis (guilty!).

8. Less is more.
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Like I said above, just keep it simple. The best Instagrams on my feed usually don’t require much thought to figure out what’s happening in the photo. These tips may seem like a lot to think about, but when it all comes down to it, just do what you think looks best and what represents your personal style. Don’t over think the process too much… it should be fun!

Do you have any tips for taking the perfect photo?

Leave a link to your Instagram account below. I would love to check it out!

XO Lauren

P.S. Be sure to follow Yoni on Instagram by clicking here.

 

Photos: Instagram via Lauren Conrad
Categories: Grow, Lauren Conrad
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  • Valeria Alvarez

    Great tips!! instagram is part of our lives by now so is always good to know some new tips for make our photos better.

    Kisses
    Val
    http://www.beautyval13.blogspot.com

  • http://LoveBeautyLifeStyle.nl/ Joli LoveBeautyLifeStyle

    Great tips!

  • pretty little things

    love these tips! you always have great IG shots! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

  • Devon Spindle

    love your instagram! @devon_n33

  • http://poorgirlrichlifeblog.com Emma Fox

    Love this – I feel like I’m still an instagram newbie, and get way too excited when I take a cute instagram pic!

    http://poorgirlrichlifeblog.com

  • Marie

    Great Tips!!

    whatwearwith.blogspot.ca
    britishista.blogspot.ca

  • Megan Young

    I just recently discovered the app VSCOcam which works great! It lets you adjust the contrast, exposure, tints, saturation, etc. If you don’t have it I highly suggest getting it, and it’s free!

    xoxo
    Megan
    http://www.comfortablyyoung.co

  • amandacsater

    Love these tips!! Thanks for sharing.

    xo Amanda
    http://theluxelion.blogspot.com

  • http://alinaermilova.blogspot.com/ Alina Ermilova

    Really useful tips! Love it!

    <3

    AlinaErmilova.com

  • http://www.pompombonbon.blogspot.co.uk Tash Johnson

    These are great tips! I’m definitely guilty of going filter crazy when I first started using Instagram, but now I stick to Valencia or Walden because they are the most natural. The Afterlight app is one of the best apps on my phone, I love it.
    Tash x

    instagram.com/tashljohnson
    pompombonbon.blogspot.co.uk

  • Linda Sung

    instagram.com/lindqsunq

  • And She Laughs

    I just downloaded Afterlight and it has changed my phone picture experience! I rarely use filters, but I’m with you on Valencia! Definitely the best!

  • Lowri

    I love Instagram & my favourite app to go with it is After Light as it has the best filters, a little softer and more natural than Insta!
    Thanks for the tips!

    instagram.com/lowriangharad

  • keepingitcaj

    Thanks for the tips! Your Instagram profile is one of my favourites for inspiration. :) I always gravitate toward Nashville or Walden for the soft and flattering muting of colour.

    instagram.com/carlyaparsons
    keepingitcaj.com

  • Cristina Gomez

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing them. When I take a photo I follow pretty much the same rules as you do: I use the rule of thirds, I never use the flash, I straighten a photo when needed and try to get the right lighting. I agree with you in that it is not always necessary to use a filter. I used to use them all the time in the beginning -for some reason photos with a filter looked more professional to me- but now I avoid them unless the light of the photo is not good enough. My favorite filters are Valencia, Amaro and Earlybird.

    http://instagram.com/crisgomez85

    http://memoriesofthepacific.blogspot.com.es/

  • http://www.bowsandablonde.com Rachel Berzins

    I am way too obsessed with Instagram! Styling and taking pictures for it is so much fun! I wish I could just do that all day long! I definitely love the simple, crisp, clean look of my pictures.

    instagram.com/rachelberzins

  • Kamillia

    My instagram is http://instagram.com/kamilliahs <3 x

  • http://www.26andnotcounting.com/ Jessica

    These are all great tips! I love the afterlight app for brightening up photos when the natural light isn’t the greatest :)

    26 and Not Counting

  • Christine Francillo
  • Mi

    My instagram is http://instagram.com/milica_bass :-)))

  • reena kadakia

    Thanks, Lauren! Great tips. instagram was a graphic designers nightmare when it first came out. It felt like an easy way out but now I have grown to appreciate the filter on demand feature. I agree with you though – the best “filter” is natural light. My insta handle is Instagram.com/reenakadakia.

  • http://aladygoeswest.com/ Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    Excellent tips. Thanks!

  • Grace evans

    I loved this! Great tips. A lot of them are things I try and do often. I truly love your Instagram because you do take the time to make your photos pretty with the light you choose among other things. Thanks for the post!
    lhttp://instagram.com/cgevans2
    Grace :)

  • http://morganrbrown44.blogspot.com/ Morgan Brown

    Such great tips!

    Always loving your insta pics!

    MRB
    http://morganrbrown44.blogspot.com

  • http://allthatglitters.co.nr/ Ashley Rizzardo

    These are some great tips! I love your instagram, your pictures are always gorgeous!

    Ashley
    http://allthatglitters.co.nr

  • Bethany

    These tips are great!! Things I never knew. http://instagram.com/b1bethany

  • http://www.shoppingmycloset.com/ Shopping My Closet

    Great tips!

    Liz @ http://www.shoppingmycloset.com
    Stop by and enter my J.Crew giveaway!

  • Mima

    But you didn’t put any of the apps you use.

  • Allyssa

    My Instagram is instagram.com/lifewithlyssxo :) I fashion blog and I have Fitz’s twin!!

  • Deyanira Gutierrez

    So many tips ! Check mine out : @aimee_deyanira!

  • Ember Fatale

    Awesome tips!! :)

    Here is my IG…. http://instagram.com/emberfatale

  • http://thewonderforest.com Dana Fox

    such great tips! my Instagram is http://instagram.com/wonderforest

  • Nikki Chowdhury

    your Instagram is so feminine and whimsical, I love it. my Instagram is http://www.instagram.com/cityofskirts

  • Deana

    great tips! and i just dl’ed snapseed – can’t wait to try it out, thank you! my IG is instagram.com/deanagrams

  • Ally

    I have never thought to use the straightening tool. Can’t wait to try it out now! http://instagram.com/ally_leeann

  • Michelle Champalanne

    Great tips! I found myself agreeing with all of them! My Instagram handle is @michellechamp — would love for you to check it out. Your Instagram inspires me every day!

  • Clara Bond

    Great tips! My Insta Account is http://instagram.com/clarabondsongs/

  • Houda

    Thank you for the tips ! My Instagram is http://instagram.com/houda02

  • Melisa

    Amazing tips! My Instagram is http://instagram.com/vogueandwhiskey

  • _missem_

    Love your photos and fashion tips. Very important for this aspiring mode!
    IG: _missem_

    • _missem_

      *model :)

  • klaudia
  • Bethany

    Such good tips! My instagram is http://instagram.com/bethcstrong :)

  • Karen O’Brien

    Love it! Your account is one of my favorites! Thanks for the tips! My Instagram is @shawnandkaren

  • Stine Rendalen

    Love the tips :) Here is my insta: http://instagram.com/elstinio

  • Haley Leigh
  • Taylor

    Thank you so much for your help! Your page is always so inspiring.

    Xo – Taylor
    IG: @taylormariefitz

  • Leslie

    Your style is the best! follow me at http://instagram.com/leslieeva

  • http://www.yazzyscorner.blogspot.co.uk/ Yazmin

    Great tips! Especially the one with the simple background. My Instagram is http://instagram.com/yazzyscorner

  • Stormi
  • http://www.melissahoffmann.com Melissa Hoffmann

    Thank you for sharing these tips! So helpful! My Instagram is http://instagram.com/melissahoffmannbeauty

  • Abigail

    I love taking close ups. And just have fun with the beautiful mess app too. Sometimes little doodles make the picture cuter (: http://Instagram.com/abiquail

  • Kristin

    Thanks for all the tips! These are perfect! Here is the link to my page if you’d like to take a look :) http://instagram.com/kpmurrell

  • MG

    Where is that necklace from? I absolutely love it <3

  • ani_myreasons

    Just learned these tips and can’t wait to use them :) my account isn’t too interesting :( but here it goes :/ Ani_myreasons

  • Amélie-Anne

    Thanks for the tips :) @amelieanne

  • http://cookingwithawallflower.wordpress.com Andrea

    Thanks for sharing these tips , Lauren! I’ve been trying to take better photos and these will help a lot! http://instagram.com/cookingwithawallflower

  • Brooke

    One of my favorite tips is to crop all my photos so there is a significant white border around them. I do this because it creates a very clean, streamlined look to my feed as a whole. I do this in afterlight, which is by far my favorite editing app. I agree with all of your tips…especially the importance of finding the perfect light. The best photos require very little manipulation in post processing. Feel free to check out my feed – http://instagram.com/brookelouisephoto

  • Claire Coppersmith

    I tend to use VSCOcam a lot! http://instagram.com/clairecoppersmith

  • http://www.rachelslookbook.com/ Rachel

    Great tips! And yes, sometimes when I just adjust the contrast, exposure, etc. my photo turns out much better and I don’t need a filter! Otherwise I use Vscocam and Afterlight. I like them because you can adjust the amount the filter is applied to your photo, rather than Instagram’s filters which apply the filter 100%. Also, cropping I think is the most important! Make a statement with your photos, but keep them simple!

    http://www.rachelslookbook.com

  • Lewicka

    You’re great person. Love http://instagram.com/ilewicka

  • Melissa

    Great article! Thanks for sharing your tips! http://instagram.com/chiconthestreet

  • Jasmine
  • Emily

    love this. can’t wait to try them today. http://instagram.com/emilyewood

  • Kit
  • Carolyn

    Super excited to do this! http://instagram.com/clarue84

  • http://hollysparkle.blogspot.co.uk Tessa Salt

    Instagram is probably my favourite app. I just completed the 100 happy days challenge where I had to post every day, I think it’s a great way to challenge yourself into making better images. http://instagram.com/hollysparkle

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShopSparkleMotion
    http://hollysparkle.blogspot.co.uk

  • Alma

    Thank you so much for making this post! it’s very helpful ^^

    http://instagram.com/choomalma

  • Abby
  • britcarm

    Thanks for sharing! Love this http://instagram.com/britcarm

  • ZERO

    Thank you for the tips! -> http://instagram.com/zerozavec

  • http://marsqn.blogspot.fi/ Mabsu

    lovely post!! <3 :)

  • Ginne Astrid

    Thanks for mentioning the apps you use! Your instagram account is one of my favs!! http://instagram.com/ginne_as_trid

  • helloawilson

    This is so helpful! I always feel like I need to use a filter, now I know I dont need to! http://instagram.com/helloashleywilson

  • http://www.notesbynatalie.com/ Notes by Natalie

    Yes! Thank you for including the straighten feature. I love that Instagram added this to the new version…I used to use other photo apps (like Camera+) to straighten, but now it’s even easier. Also, the “Clarity PRO” feature in Camera+ is a great way to brighten and enhance pictures without adding filters!

    instagram.com/nataliebergen

  • http://www.healthyhappened.com Healthy Happened
  • LibbyLoo

    Love these tips, and I would love it if you checked mine out :) @sassandstrength

  • kursten

    Love these tips! hopefully you check out mine! instagram.com/kkursten

  • http://www.taffetaandtulips.com/ Kate {Taffeta and Tulips}

    Great tips! I never use the straightening tool but after reading this I’ll be sure to take that extra step!

    http://www.taffetaandtulips.com

  • Victoria Williams

    Amazing tips! Your photos are always flawless :)

    Instagram – VIXWILL

  • J

    We use the same apps and techniques! Thank you for confirming them! xo! I don’t use the straightening tool but will now!
    instagram.com/thishappymess
    thishappymess.blogspot.com

  • Frankie Lawrence

    Leave it to Lauren Conrad to know what’s up. Appreciate your insight and being a role model. instagram.com/francoislawrence

  • Jason Johnson

    This is great, but you only list 8 tips in your list of 10. ;-)

  • Emma
  • Line

    Such lovely tipps :) I am so addicted to instagram and love yours! Would be an honor to have you check out mine <3

    http://instagram.com/solske

  • Rebekah Roberts
  • Erin

    I usually use HDR filter for most of my recent IG photos and I always make sure I pick the right background for any photos I take. If I don’t have any good photos I don’t post it until I have one that does not need a lot of work and simple as well. I’ve always liked simple photos that does not require a lot of things going on in a photo.

    My IG is 3rinfalacho

  • http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/ Grace

    These are such great tips! I love using the crop because sometimes a square photo can look a but weird…but other times, it makes my photo look adorable and cute!

    http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/

  • StefaneeLyndsee Nielson

    I love the less is more philosophy! OurPhilosophy is me and my sister’s blog Instagram and obviously we would love your feedback :) Instagram.com/OurPhilosophy

  • gina
  • http://www.kiagrace.com Kia Grace

    Finally I get to know what your inspiring aesthetic is all about! 100% agree with all you said! Keep the amazing pictures coming! :) http://instagram.com/kiagrace12

  • Elizabeth

    LOVE your IG and YOU!

    instagram.com/lizabetch <333

  • C.Alvarez

    Lauren has definitely perfected the instagram post.

    While I cant help you there, I can help styling yourself for work! http://thebuscas.com/

  • Teresa

    I’m always looking to learn more about how to make the most of my instagram, these tips will come in really handy! thank you very much :) http://instagram.com/teresatmiranda

  • Court22088

    Fun tips and great pics :) My Insta: http://instagram.com/courtneymphotography

  • Catherine

    awesome tips! i always love the instagram accounts from the whole LC team, and yours! they look so appealing! my instagram is instagram.com/thelittlepinkcat to go along with my blog, fromthelittlepinkroom.blogspot.com!

  • michelle

    Great work Lauren. I have been trying a lot of these out lately. http://instagram.com/michellledf

  • http://glass-of-fashion.blogspot.com Katie

    love the idea that filters aren’t everything, i’m definitely experimenting more with temperature & exposure, one of my pet peeves is too many shadows, so i’ve been lightening them too :)

    see my instagram at http://instagram.com/katie_lucyj

  • Jessica

    Loved your tips Lauren! I will definitely put them into practice…

  • http://www.laurelloves.com/ Laurel Loves

    Great tips, simple but so effective! Thanks :)

    http://www.laurelloves.com

  • http://instagram.com/hey_miss_autumn Autumn M
  • http://www.zincmoon.com/ Sarah

    So agree about not using a flash..I have learnt that natural light is so much better! My Instagram is http://www.instagram.com/zincmoon

  • jova

    although i know this post and love lauren conrad am i the only one to notice that she mentions her 10 tips and we are only given 8??

    • whittykaye

      it doesn’t say 10 anywhere

    • Lisa E.

      It clearly states EIGHT… haha…

      • Lila

        It says “10 tries” not tips.

    • Victoria

      Haha it says tips and tricks! She doesn’t mention how many tips and tricks there are!

      • http://paulandlayne.com Paul Cutright

        Yes she does! She says 10 tries and 8 tips. Read her intro copy! >> “it often takes about 10 tries to get the perfect photo” and ” here are eight tips for taking the perfect Instagram photo…”

  • Celia Barnes

    I didn’t even know about straightening! Good tips, thank you! http://www.instagram.com/celiabrynne

  • http://anissablog.com/ Anissablog

    Hi Lauren! Great post! <3
    My Instagram : http://instagram.com/anissamakeup

    Greetings from Milan
    Fashion&Beauty by Anissa

  • http://www.carlyclydesdale.com Carly

    Instagram is my addiction…and LC’s is one of my faves!!! <3
    http://www.carlyclydesdale.com
    insta: carlzbarkley

  • KayKay

    “Here are 10 tips for taking the perfect Instagram photo”

    Girl, I only count 8!!! :)

    • LP

      “Without further ado, here are eight tips for taking the perfect Instagram photo…”

    • Kelly

      It doesn’t say 10 tips. It says here are some tips and tricks. Also, in the first paragraph it says it sometimes takes her 10 shots before she gets the right picture. . ;)

  • Bek

    Hi there! Great tips for beautiful pics. Please check out my Instagram: lithefittoned

  • Lauren

    I’ll have to try these tips out! I didn’t know there was a straighten tool either. http://instagram.com/laurenepps1

  • Amy

    Instagram/missadayx

  • Kassidy

    Love these tips! My Instagram is @kassidymarie <3

  • Yaminah Mayta

    I have to agree! Especially with the idea of keeping it simple and using filters cautiously! Thanks for this Lauren

    would love for you to check my insta out :
    http://www.instagram.com/ycmayta

    :)

  • http://www.mockeri.com/ Mockeri

    So handy and so right! Thanks for the great photography tips! It’s so easy to make good photos now with the iPhone! http://www.mockeri.com

  • danielle

    hmm didn’t cupcakes and cashmere post this last week?

    • http://www.thesinglediaries.com/ The Single Diaries

      She certainly did. And there’s great, unique tips on both posts if you read through each. Super helpful!

  • Mackenzie L
  • Liesl

    Less is more! Great tips on keeping it simple, I totally agree with that. http://instagram.com/_liesl_/

  • Angie

    Perfectly said. My instagram is @angiesangels1

  • http://www.cassieholmes.com Cassie Holmes

    I just started using instagram and love it! Thanks for the tips.

    http://www.CassieHolmes.com

  • Danielle Shimmy

    Amazing tips and I couldn’t agree with you more. Nevertheless, your insight and advice on posting a photo on instagram and making it picture perfect has been of great help. I love you and your work… it is absolutely amazing. You’re an icon… it would be so great for you to check out my instagram page whenever you have the chance. http://instagram.com/danielleshimmy

  • Jessica Dawn Lannon

    @thisgirlcanmoove & I love the tips! I am finding a lot of enjoyment in Instagram lately

  • http://mollyandbeans.com/ Sarah B

    @mollyandbeans Thanks for the tips Lauren! Will defiantly be using them. X

  • Taylor George

    Lauren- you were featured in my blog today. I’m an aspiring writer focusing on twenty-somethings, and really look up to you. I would love for you to check it out! http://playingitbyeardc.wordpress.com/

  • Anissa Zabala

    Awesome Tips! instagram.com/aniiizab

  • Katie Bambrick

    Love the tips lauren! I actually do a lot of the same things on my Instagram and absolutely LOVE your Instagram! It’s my favourite:) my Instagram is: instagram.com/katiebambrick

  • Tegan D

    I love your posts they are so inspiring!http://instagram.com/tegzbaby89

  • jackie

    Inspiration!jackiekazool

  • Guest

    I am SHERBERTA. Welcome me. I have to disagree with MS. CORNAD the best things in life aren’t simple honey SHERBERTA knows this as once I posted a pic of my selfie that received zero likes. It must have had something to do with the caption.

  • http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/ Ashley

    These are great tips! Thanks for sharing! :)

    dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

  • Shelby

    am always looking to improve my ig skills! @shelbybisou

  • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

    Great tips! I have to ask though….how do you put a watermark on Instagram photos??

  • Anna

    instagram.com/anna_ferrell

  • AshRoMil

    She said it usually takes 10 TRIES to get the right Instagram pic then said she was sharing EIGHT TIPS.

  • Lory Frias

    Hi Lauren,

    My Instagram name is frias_photography hope you like or can give me some pointers thanks

  • BrittanyNicoleEdwards
  • kristen

    my insta inspiration is straight from LC! @kris10hark

  • http://www.noirettediary.com/ Siham Hamdan

    Flatlays are the perfect way to take a pic! I normally go with VSCO Cam for taking pics and editing <3 (@sihamhamdan on insta if anyone's curious) X

    | http://www.noirettediary.com |

  • Grace

    Love your tips and Instagram!

  • Sharon Kruschen

    crewshin

  • Kristen

    I’m such a sucker for a beautiful instagram profile and yours is def one of my favorites! You can really tell that there is a ton of thought gone into every picture. Thanks so much for your tips! http://www.instagram.com/krthome

  • http://www.thesinglediaries.com/ The Single Diaries

    Some unique tips here! I’ll definitely keep the rule of thirds in mind moving forward and try out the straightening tool.

    Catherine
    The Single Diaries

  • Lynsey Lark&Lily

    http://instagram.com/larkandlily would love for you to take a peek

  • Tracy

    This post is really great! I use Instagram almost every day!

    http://fashion-soup.com/

  • http://www.redsonjafashion.com/ Sonja – Red Sonja Blog

    Very useful tips! When I use an Instagram filter I mostly use Valencia too! By the way, anyone who know an app similar to Afterlight for Android? I have tried so many photo editing apps, but they all just aren’t ‘it’!

    xo Sonja

    • http://sothesearemythirties.com/ Melissa C

      Yes! It’s called Shark – Photo Editor.

      • http://www.redsonjafashion.com/ Sonja – Red Sonja Blog

        Ah, thank you! I will check it out! :)

  • Jen Lindsay

    these are awesome tips Lauren =) thanks!

    http://instagram.com/jenniferlindsay9

  • Stacey Marie

    instagram.com/staceymariewands :)

  • Amber Naomi

    I always love your instagram pictures, so this was very helpful!

    http://ambernaomi.blogspot.nl/

  • Veronica

    Thanks so much! I’m definitely going to have to try these! http://instagram.com/veronicajane35

  • Design Studio South

    http://instagram.com/p/nMknJXK3R3/

    Come see us! We’d love to have you!

  • Gaëtane

    Great tips! I use squaready to make my pictures horizontal of vertical. I agree that it’s sometimes not that interesting to leave them in a square… I would love for you to have a look at my instagram! :) http://instagram.com/gaetanexx

  • Lily
  • Kayla

    Lauren- I’ve been such a fan of your style and a proud “Team LC” member since the days of Laguna Beach! I would love for you to check out my Instagram- I’ve been told it has a similar feel to yours! My handle is @quedarse

  • http://www.raven-locks.blogspot.com Raven Locks

    Great tips! Love all these pics, btw. :)

    xo Azu

    http://www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

  • Carla

    I really like the VSCO Cam app nad Afterlight to edit my photos :) plz Lauren check out my Instagram, it’s caarlavidal. love you lots xx.

  • Guest

    Thanks for taking a peak! http://instagram.com/brighteyes545

  • http://unitedstatesofchic.com/ Angelica

    Thanks for taking a look! XO http://instagram.com/brighteyes545

  • Brooke

    Great tips to keep in mind. I am addicted to Instagram. Here’s mine: Instagram.com/Girly_Mainer_Brooke

  • http://eyespaintedblack.com/ Natasja

    I couldn’t agree more :)

    http://www.eyespaintedblack.com

  • Kylie Ladd

    LC has the best instagram photos! Tips from a pro thecaliforeigner.blogspot.com

  • Ash

    Great tips! Natural light always gives the best pics! Instagram.com/ashamoosai

  • Anna
  • http://www.foryourbeautyinfofybi.blogspot.com/ Trista

    I’m obsessed with Lauren’s instagram so this post was awesome for me. i will def be trying these tips out.
    http://www.instagram.com/tmazin

    http://www.foryourbeautyinfofybi.blogspot.com

  • Raymonde

    Thanks for sharing your tips. I am here http://instagram.com/frenchtake

  • Maggie

    I had noooo clue about #3 being a feature on IG!

    http://instagram.com/abitchinkitchen

  • Emily Grace Bridger

    such great tips! my instagram is @emilygracebridger :) xx

  • http://lulusandtiffanyblues.wordpress.com Charmaine

    Love this post!!! I never really straighten any of my photos… I should really start on that!

    Thanks for sharking Lauren!
    Please visit my blog as well: lulusandtiffanyblues.wordpress.com

    xoxoxo

  • http://www.lululocket.blogspot.com Lucy O

    These little tips are awesome! I’ve always loved how your instagram looks so elegant and pretty! :)
    http://www.lululocket.blogspot.com

  • http://instagram.com/mariannej091 Marianne Jarvis

    Check out my insta at : http://instagram.com/mariannej091. Thank you :)

  • Shubhi Gakhar

    hey! Instagram is my all time favourite app. totally addicted. I’m an amateur photographer. would be great if you take a look at my account http://instagram.com/every_passion_blending

  • therealmonsy
  • sofika
  • Morgan

    I love how simple and elegant your pictures are! child_924

  • Veronica Sawicki

    http://instagram.com/weronikasawicka I would love it if you saw my instagram!

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Great tips. My instagram is http://instagram.com/hungryhealthyhappy
    I post healthy recipes, workouts and motivation.

  • Kylie Rankin

    instagram.com/kylie5rose

  • Guest

    Thanks for these tips, I’d give them a try! I’m quite a new Instagram user, but I’d be glad if you take a look at my profile http://instagram.com/fanniorova

  • Jenny
  • Kristin Marie Rogers

    Love your tips and your instagram pictures! You’re perfect! http://instagram.com/kziegenhagen_rogers

  • http://www.sostylelash.com StyleLashGal

    I’m just got started on instagram, instagram.com/stylelashgal

  • Rose Stone

    I absolutely adored all the tips in this article and that you shared the different apps that you personally use! Many (of the tips) are simple and people forget to do the easy tweaks that really make their photos shine. Excellent article. http://instagram.com/stone_rose_

  • https://www.facebook.com/SerendipityBeck?ref=hl Rebecca M

    Some good tips. I’m fairly new to Instagram, but I’m totally hooked! http://instagram.com/rebeccamebane

  • Nicole Smith

    Those are great tips and I follow those rules all of the time!

  • rebeccajo

    @RebeccaJoKnits is my Instagram :) I find such beautiful pictures on there sometimes…

  • Natalie

    http://instagram.com/natalieacard

    Check out my IG Lauren :D

  • laura
  • Sophie
  • Gaby

    instagram.com/theshabbygabs

  • http://instagram.com/krystalmacknight Krystal

    Thank you! Great tips. Completely agree with K.I.S. ( Keep it Simple ) – http://instagram.com/krystalmacknight

  • Fawn Over Baby

    Thank you for so generously sharing all your tricks to the trade! I’m always looking for ways to make my instagram page look not so cluttered. However, I have a toddler that I can’t help but add to the mix and those photos can be a bit blurry and offscale, lol! Thanks again! http://instagram.com/fawnoverbaby

  • Kaylen Kent

    instagram.com/kaylenkent

  • Julie

    Great tips…thanks for sharing!!! Would love if you checked me us out at http://www.instagram.com/babynav

  • Jazzy Hagar

    Jazzy84

  • Donna

    Always a fan of your instas, great advice!

    xoDonna
    http://www.soyouagree.com

  • ManonB

    Thank you for this article !
    http://instagram/mdrugstore

  • Jazzy Hagar

    Jazzy84

  • Maria

    http://instagram.com/mc_24_
    A follow would make my day even better! <3

  • Donna Carpenter
  • Ankur

    Great tips! instagram.com/encoreankur

  • http://sherocksfitnesstx.com/ She Rocks Fitness
  • Elizabeth

    Thank you for sharing, I’m starting to learn about photography and I love this! Instagram.com/stellastylistelizabeth

  • Jennifer Simpson

    I am addicted to instagram. I love the pictapgo app to go along with it. I also have snapseed but haven’t done much with it lately, I will have to go back to it! My ig account is http://www.instagram.com/benbidder :)

  • Laurette Kittle

    Thanks so much Lauren for the clever tips – I am addicted to Instagram just love it – please check out my Instagram which is LAURETTIE… will be following you too!

  • http://buriedbeneaththesea.tumblr.com dianahaddad
  • Ainsley

    @PiggyPandaLover and @themysteriouskitten

  • Viannee

    Can’t wait to try these tips out! http://instagram.com/vnamoon

  • Moosepooppls

    @m00secaca :)

  • Sylvia

    instagram.com/dontyouwishyouhadsomemore

  • Florine Boots

    Eggplant :)
    Instagram.com/sincerelyflor

  • http://batman-news.com Lauren Friesen

    instagram.com/laurenlandau

  • http://bit.ly/BARDERE10 Erika Bardere

    She has such a lovely eye for anything and everything
    http://instagram.com/errkasweetpea

  • katie ching

    @katwiinaching i mostly post food

  • http://www.callistasramblings.com/ Kathleen Garber

    Great tips, thank you. Do you take your photos with your phone camera and then share to instagram or take with the instagram camera? I’ve heard others say to use phone camera because it’s better quality but then I find it wants to crop all the good stuff out of my photo that way.

    PS I followed you,I’m here http://instagram.com/kathleengarber thanks!

  • http://www.whitecrafts.com/ Kelly

    What do you use to add your name/logo to your photos? here’s my link http://instagram.com/kellywhitecrafts and ‘egg plant’ tee hee!!

  • http://www.delicateofheart.blogspot.co.uk/ Rebekah Jessop

    I use ‘Valencia’ all the time, it is so soft and simple. I also use the EyeEm app for more soft, vintage looking filters. Xx

    Instagram.com/rhj1993

  • Cath

    Thanks for the tips. I quite often flick through the filters and end up with my original photo too. The problem I have is the very different screen resolution between my tablet and phone: what looks great on one can look overly insipid or dark when viewed on the other! I’m @lizzierosejewellery (or Cath)

  • http://www.gingersnapsxoxo.com/ Karishma

    She always does share interesting and fun pics!

    http://www.gingersnapsxoxo.com

  • Tom Christian Sætrang Olsen
  • Constanza De Paula Matus John

    So it’s not insta i think :)

  • http://www.paolathomas.com/ PaolaT

    Fabulous tips! I love your feed. I’m on http://www.instagram.com/mirrormirrorxx

  • Crafty Brains

    Thanks for the tips & advice! Please check my IG http://www.instagram.com/craftybrains

  • Zoe

    you will find me on http://instagram.com/magoobear

  • Shilo Tippett

    Who knew you could be so creative with instagram? I’ll be giving it a try! http://instagram.com/srtippett

  • Madison Russ

    I can definitely relate to all of these tips & tricks! Thanks :)

    http://instagram.com/madisoneruss

  • joysnotepad.blogspot.com

    Thanks for the tips:)

  • Line Sand

    @linesandd

  • David Gregory Kerr

    I am on http://www.flickr.com as Canon_Rebel_User why not have a look at my photographs.

  • kristinbooker

    This is super helpful. Always wanted to know what your personal tricks were. Nice one, Lauren! http://instagram.com/fashionstylebeauty

  • Amber @ Simple Dwellings

    I also like Valencia when using a filter. Great tips, thanks! amberbinteriors is my instagram account!

  • http://missglamdan.com Miss Glam Dan

    @missglamdan on instagram

  • http://www.lisathomsonlive.com Lisa Thomson

    Thank you for these great tips! I certainly need the help. Now I know about straightening!! I’m at http://www.instagram.com/lisathomthumb I love taking candid shots and landscapes. I happen to live in a beautiful part of the world so I like to highlight that.

  • JSLC

    Great post. Thank you.

    http://instagram.com/jslc

  • Deirdre

    Thanks for these tips and the reminder of the new straightening tool – I’ve seen it but never used it (even though I’ve needed to!)

    I’m at: http://instagram.com/ephiriel_ie

  • Janine Maral

    This helps a ton! Thanks!

    – Janine
    http://www.janinemaral.com/

  • Kim

    Love you to check my instagram account! @shopping_links x

  • Desiree C.
  • Kelly Rogers

    Great tips – thanks Lauren…!!!

  • Desi

    LC! I’ve been a loyal fan for years and think you are just so beautiful, classy, and down to earth. Love your style and all of your IG pics! It would make my LIFE if you would check out/follow my IG. Thanks for the tips!

    http://instagram.com/steaknpotatoeskindagurl

  • The Queen Of Dreaming

    Amazing advices, thanks! :)

    http://justsem.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.twentyfirstcenturynomad.com/ Steve Moore
  • Marlen Rodriguez

    this was a great read. thank youu so much for sharing. Instagram is such a fun app one of my favs. Love your instagram lauren! here is mine instagram.com/marlenrod

  • Melody Wood

    Instagram.com/melodywood32

  • Nicole Lawson

    Thanks for the helpful tips! I’ve never used the straighten tool, definitely need to check it out! :) Find me at http://instagram.com/nicolzi

  • saara

    My instagram is: saaraitkonen

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