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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


  • Joli LoveBeautyLifeStyle

    Great tips!

  • pretty little things

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

  • Devon Spindle

    love your instagram! @devon_n33

  • 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!

  • Marie

    Great Tips!!

  • 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!


  • amandacsater

    Love these tips!! Thanks for sharing.

    xo Amanda

  • Alina Ermilova

    Really useful tips! Love it!


  • 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

  • Linda Sung

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kamillia

    My instagram is <3 x

  • 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 :-)))

  • 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

  • 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!
    Grace :)

  • Morgan Brown

    Such great tips!

    Always loving your insta pics!


  • Ashley Rizzardo

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


  • Bethany

    These tips are great!! Things I never knew.

  • Shopping My Closet

    Great tips!

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  • Mima

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

  • Allyssa

    My Instagram is :) 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….

  • Dana Fox

    such great tips! my Instagram is

  • Nikki Chowdhury

    your Instagram is so feminine and whimsical, I love it. my Instagram is

  • Deana

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

  • Ally

    I have never thought to use the straightening tool. Can’t wait to try it out now!

  • 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

  • Houda

    Thank you for the tips ! My Instagram is

  • Melisa

    Amazing tips! My Instagram is

  • _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 :)

  • 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:

  • 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

  • Yazmin

    Great tips! Especially the one with the simple background. My Instagram is

  • Stormi
  • Melissa Hoffmann

    Thank you for sharing these tips! So helpful! My Instagram is

  • Abigail

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

  • Kristin

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

  • 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

  • Andrea

    Thanks for sharing these tips , Lauren! I’ve been trying to take better photos and these will help a lot!

  • 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 –

  • Claire Coppersmith

    I tend to use VSCOcam a lot!

  • 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!

  • Lewicka

    You’re great person. Love

  • Melissa

    Great article! Thanks for sharing your tips!

  • Jasmine
  • Emily

    love this. can’t wait to try them today.

  • Kit
  • Carolyn

    Super excited to do this!

  • 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.

  • Alma

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

  • Abby
  • britcarm

    Thanks for sharing! Love this

  • ZERO

    Thank you for the tips! ->

  • Mabsu

    lovely post!! <3 :)

  • Ginne Astrid

    Thanks for mentioning the apps you use! Your instagram account is one of my favs!!

  • helloawilson

    This is so helpful! I always feel like I need to use a filter, now I know I dont need to!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Frankie Lawrence

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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 :)

  • gina
  • 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! :)

  • Elizabeth

    LOVE your IG and YOU! <333

  • C.Alvarez

    Lauren has definitely perfected the instagram post.

    While I cant help you there, I can help styling yourself for work!

  • 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 :)

  • Court22088

    Fun tips and great pics :) My Insta:

  • Catherine

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

  • michelle

    Great work Lauren. I have been trying a lot of these out lately.

  • 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

  • Jessica

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

  • Laurel Loves

    Great tips, simple but so effective! Thanks :)

  • Autumn M
  • Sarah

    So agree about not using a flash..I have learnt that natural light is so much better! My Instagram is

  • 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!

      • 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…”

        • melss

          what she meant by ’10 tries’ was that it takes a person almost ten pictures to get the perfect one.

  • Celia Barnes

    I didn’t even know about straightening! Good tips, thank you!

  • Anissablog

    Hi Lauren! Great post! <3
    My Instagram :

    Greetings from Milan
    Fashion&Beauty by Anissa

  • Carly

    Instagram is my addiction…and LC’s is one of my faves!!! <3
    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.

  • Amy


  • 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 :


  • Mockeri

    So handy and so right! Thanks for the great photography tips! It’s so easy to make good photos now with the iPhone!

  • danielle

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

    • 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.

  • Angie

    Perfectly said. My instagram is @angiesangels1

  • Cassie Holmes

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

  • 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.

  • Jessica Dawn Lannon

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

  • 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!

  • Anissa Zabala

    Awesome Tips!

  • 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:

  • Tegan D

    I love your posts they are so inspiring!

  • jackie


  • 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.

  • Ashley

    These are great tips! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Shelby

    am always looking to improve my ig skills! @shelbybisou

  • Kiersten McMonagle

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

  • Anna

  • 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

  • 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

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  • Grace

    Love your tips and Instagram!

  • Sharon Kruschen


  • 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!

  • 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.

    The Single Diaries

  • Lynsey Lark&Lily would love for you to take a peek

  • Tracy

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

  • 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

    • Melissa C

      Yes! It’s called Shark – Photo Editor.

      • Sonja – Red Sonja Blog

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

  • Jen Lindsay

    these are awesome tips Lauren =) thanks!

  • Stacey Marie :)

  • Amber Naomi

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

  • Veronica

    Thanks so much! I’m definitely going to have to try these!

  • Design Studio South

    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! :)

  • 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

  • Raven Locks

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

    xo Azu

  • 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!

  • Angelica

    Thanks for taking a look! XO

  • Brooke

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

  • Natasja

    I couldn’t agree more :)

  • Kylie Ladd

    LC has the best instagram photos! Tips from a pro

  • Ash

    Great tips! Natural light always gives the best pics!

  • Anna
  • Trista

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

  • Raymonde

    Thanks for sharing your tips. I am here

  • Maggie

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

  • Emily Grace Bridger

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

  • 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:


  • Lucy O

    These little tips are awesome! I’ve always loved how your instagram looks so elegant and pretty! :)

  • Marianne Jarvis

    Check out my insta at : 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

  • therealmonsy
  • sofika
  • Morgan

    I love how simple and elegant your pictures are! child_924

  • Veronica Sawicki I would love it if you saw my instagram!

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Great tips. My instagram is
    I post healthy recipes, workouts and motivation.

  • Kylie Rankin

  • 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

  • Jenny
  • Kristin Marie Rogers

    Love your tips and your instagram pictures! You’re perfect!

  • StyleLashGal

    I’m just got started on instagram,

  • 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.

  • Rebecca M

    Some good tips. I’m fairly new to Instagram, but I’m totally hooked!

  • 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

    Check out my IG Lauren 😀

  • laura
  • Sophie
  • Gaby

  • Krystal

    Thank you! Great tips. Completely agree with K.I.S. ( Keep it Simple ) –

  • 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!

  • Kaylen Kent

  • Julie

    Great tips…thanks for sharing!!! Would love if you checked me us out at

  • Jazzy Hagar


  • Donna

    Always a fan of your instas, great advice!


  • ManonB

    Thank you for this article !

  • Jazzy Hagar


  • Maria
    A follow would make my day even better! <3

  • Donna Carpenter
  • Ankur

    Great tips!

  • She Rocks Fitness
  • Elizabeth

    Thank you for sharing, I’m starting to learn about photography and I love this!

  • 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 :)

  • 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!

  • dianahaddad
  • Ainsley

    @PiggyPandaLover and @themysteriouskitten

  • Viannee

    Can’t wait to try these tips out!

  • Moosepooppls

    @m00secaca :)

  • Sylvia

  • Florine Boots

    Eggplant :)

  • Lauren Friesen

  • Erika Bardere

    She has such a lovely eye for anything and everything

  • katie ching

    @katwiinaching i mostly post food

  • 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 thanks!

  • Kelly

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

  • 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

  • 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)

  • Karishma

    She always does share interesting and fun pics!

  • Tom Christian Sætrang Olsen
  • Constanza De Paula Matus John

    So it’s not insta i think :)

  • PaolaT

    Fabulous tips! I love your feed. I’m on

  • Crafty Brains

    Thanks for the tips & advice! Please check my IG

  • Zoe

    you will find me on

  • Shilo Tippett

    Who knew you could be so creative with instagram? I’ll be giving it a try!

  • Madison Russ

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


    Thanks for the tips:)

  • Line Sand


  • David Gregory Kerr

    I am on 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!

  • Amber @ Simple Dwellings

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

  • Miss Glam Dan

    @missglamdan on instagram

  • Lisa Thomson

    Thank you for these great tips! I certainly need the help. Now I know about straightening!! I’m at 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.

  • 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:

  • Janine Maral

    This helps a ton! Thanks!

    – Janine

  • 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!

  • The Queen Of Dreaming

    Amazing advices, thanks! :)

  • 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

  • Melody Wood

  • Nicole Lawson

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

  • saara

    My instagram is: saaraitkonen

  • Mia

    Great tips!

  • Morgan

    These were such good tips! I’ve been looking for an article like this for a while now.

    And here’s my link!

  • Talia J

    This was so helpful!! Thank you!


  • Rebecca

    Instagram: @bexmax_

  • Marika

    Great tips! Thank you! My Instgram accout is marikajohannap.

  • Stacey

    Thank you for the tips, my instagram is

  • Ashley
  • marley

    Even your advice on social media is perfect. instagram is marleyldavis

  • kitkat


  • Carlos M Bonmati

    Eih!! You have a lovely IG profile!!! If you want you can check my own one:

  • Rafael Rincon

    I’m starting a new account today and these tips will most certainly influence the pictures I’ll post. Thank you and keep it up ;).

    Check me out @three_pillars

  • Lily

    very useful tips!!!

    wrote a similar article about it too!

    ig:clayton963101 :)

  • Manda

    Honestly, Lauren Conrads instagram is what I wish mine looked like haha I love these tips! I always check her account to see if she uploaded anything new. I’d love it if you checked out mine! <3

  • Lacey Lynn McGregor

    @laceylynn2286 yes i take alot of selfies but i love taking picturea of alot of random things as well. Hopefully u check it out! Xoxo

  • Courtney

    I like using the straightening tool to make my photos crooked haha. As you turn the photo whole using the tool it slightly zooms in, which I love.

  • Heather


  • Nadine
    Great post, just saw it on Facebook

  • Randi Vasquez

    Sharpening an image just as little as 20% can really make your iPhone snaps look so much more professional and well planned.
    Click here to see what I mean

  • Pearl

    I love these tips!! Definitely using them next time..

  • Jen

    I would really love it, if you check out my account :)

  • Sonia

    Love the tips.

  • Nicole

  • EMMA




  • Laurasch_0507
    Thanks for these tips, I am going to use them! I would be so happy if you really going to visit my account. I love you! ♡

  • Stacey

    Great post :) i find it hard to ger my images from my canon camera to fit on instagram ive tried squaring apps but it chops off half the image! Im a mua and beauty blogger so my instagram is fully beauty related :) @staceybmuax

  • Natalie Korssjoen

    Great tips!

  • @PittBecca

    Love it! Thx Lauren!


  • eugenie

    I’m sutch a big fan, would love if you checked my account and liked some pics

  • Who is this

    How you add pictures on Instagram without cropping or adding border?

    • trinuhhh

      Try an app called Instasize.

  • Lane Caldwell

    this is my IG, please check it out – would love some advice and tricks :)

  • Stephanie

    Check out my Instagram!

  • Doug

    Hola! @dougolivares :)

  • Jacobjames

    your service is very nice this is help full for us. we also provide some services

  • Melinda


  • Adam J. Collins

    It doesn’t matter how many tips or tricks she posted on her blog, the good thing is that she provided a very clear explanation on how to make a perfect photo instagram. I am gonna try this one on my account. Thanks

  • Caitlin Kelley

    Your photos always look so beautiful! Thanks for the tips, they are great!

  • Lucy R


  • Steph

    Great tips, check out my photos if your interested, I love food, love, simplicity & my family :)

  • Rosie


  • Ida
  • JRoll

    I love her instagram photos that’s why I searched for “Lauren Conrad instagram filters” and arrived here. It didn’t disappoint. This article is very helpful and the sixth tip on choosing the right background is on point! Thanks Lauren!

  • Symona

    Hi Lauren,i’m from Italy…. thank you for thes tips. I love your instagram!
    sy_mona on instagram

  • Kiersten Boatwright

    Definitely going to be using these tips and tricks from now on! My blog needed some help with pictures. :)

  • Anthea
  • Jacqueline Jax

    Great tips for keeping things fresh. I’m headed there to try some things out. and

  • Alison Jeanine

    Love the straightening tool on Instagram – it’s my favorite feature too! :) Xo, Alison

  • Stephanie Hughes

    Love these tips! Thanks for sharing Lauren! My Instagram name is thatfridaygirl. I’d love for you to take a look! :)

  • sara

    Love Instagram – it’s my favorite app ! :) Xo, Sara

  • Wonderland Organics

    Thanks for the tips Lauren! My Instagram is

  • Bayley

    I agree 100%. LESS IS MORE! @bayleyv

  • Elisa
  • Nicole

    instagram: @nicolecynnie

  • Ana

    Great article!! :))
    I usually like to edit pictures right on my phone or iPad. Anyone know good editing apps for iPhone/iPad??

  • Leslie L

    My photos editting skills are slowly getting better..If you compare from my first post (and earlier photos), they were really unappealing and my captions were so boring. Now I’ve pumped them up with some puns or quotes and I try to take photos that are more simple than cluttered. Please check them out and comment on the ones you think I did a good job on so I know it’s right! :)

  • David Kooper

    I am really a newbie to Instagram, started using it for last couple of days. Thanks for this really infformative post. This will surely improve my skills on using Instagram.
    remove background from image

  • Ella

    @ellableeth is my insta (btw your feed is perfect

  • Naomi

    probablynaomi :)

  • Naomi
  • Jan Marie

    ….”Captain Kutchie” Never Makes Up Stories But If He Did

    It Would Probably Be About As Good As The One That You Are About To

    Read Next!…..You Believe That?….

    ….Add “Captain Kutchie Pelaez” To Make This The All-Time Greatest Film Ever Made!….

    …Could..“Clint” Eastwood. Possibly Be Competing With “Captain Kutchie
    Pelaez” For The Position Of “The World’s Most Interesting
    Man”…Perhaps?…But Then Again Perhaps He Is Just Waiting For “Kutchie
    Pelaez and Frankie Valli” To “Make His Day”!…Ha, Go Figure!….

    ….We Heard A Few Years Back That

    Megyn Kelly Of Fox News, Really Loved Her Some Of Captain Kutchie’s And
    Anita Pelaez’s Famous Key Lime Pies! Could That Make Megyn “The Most
    Interesting Lady In The World?….I Guess “NO” On That One, That One Would
    Have To Be “The Lovely –Mrs. Anita Pelaez” The Queen Of The Key Lime
    Pie World!

    ….I sure hope that this will be a great opportunity for

    everyone to see some of “Don Rickle’s Scenes” from his productions of

    his classic hits “The Tales From Kutcharitaville”. You Do know that Don

    Rickles and Johnny Carson together produced those comedy hits about

    their friend “Mr. Kutchie Pelaez” and their wild and crazy exploits of

    Kutchie’s Key West and The World of Key Lime Pies from the perspective
    of (Johnny Carson, Don Rickles, Kutchie Pelaez and Steve Martins Eyes!)
    What a Hoot Those Classic Hits Surely Were. Don’t miss them, be sure to
    tune-in next month. We Laughed Until We Cried Watching Those Funny
    Movies. “The Tales From Kutcharitaville”, I Think That They May Still Be
    Available In A Boxed Set. Maybe Try Amazon. Good Luck With That….

    You Know, It’s No Wonder That Everyone Calls “Captain Kutchie
    Pelaez”..The Most Interesting Man In The World! Did You Know That
    Kutchie Drinks Those Wonderful Mixed Drinks Named In His Honor Called

    There A Hell Of A Lot Better Than Any Mexican Beers. And Much Stronger
    To Boot!…You Could Almost Hear The Song Now…”Wasting Away Again In
    Kutcharitaville”.!…What Do Ya Think? Not Bad Ahh!…

    ….That Sunken Ship In The News These Days,

    ….It’s Been Resting Down On The Bottom Of The Sea Since Way Back In
    1857, “Mel Fisher” Even Overlooked That One!… “Yankee Jack Pittorino”
    and “Micheal McCloud” Now Have Reason To Write Another
    Song…(Hint-Hint-Hint) “Jack” Listen-Up Here!

    ….Hell, We Can’t Find A Boeing 777 That’s Been Lost Only A

    Little Over A Few Months Now! Could It Be Because The Jet Had No Silver and Gold Aboard, Just People?….Go Figure……

    ….Good Thing That All The ….(“Anita And Kutchie Pelaez’s Key West Key
    Lime Pie Shops”)..Are All Showing Increasing Pie Sales Throughout All
    They’re Areas Of Distribution. Consumers Just Never Seem To Reach
    They’re Fill Of Those “Yummy Key Lime Pies” That The “Peleaz’s Working
    Partner Team” Continues To Produce. They Have Been Called “Love At First

    .Everyone Agrees, That The Loving Couple Have Been Baking They’re

    Culinary Delectables Over 40-Years Now!….

    Isn’t She Wonderful?….”AAAHHHH”, The Magic Of The Gorgeous “Mrs. Anita
    Pelaez” Well She Is Something Else!…Honey, She’s The Real Thing Baby!….

    ….Who The Hell Does That “Kutchie Pelaez” Think That He Is?….”Frankie Valli” Or Some Big-Shot Like That?

    ….It’s No Wonder That People Are All Calling Him “The Most Interesting Man In The World”,…Big Girls Don’t Cry…Do They?….

    ….Don’t Cha Just Love Em!?….We Sure Do!….It is A Well Known Fact That
    “Captain Kutchie Pelaez” Knows Who Put The Bomp In The Bomp Shoo Bomp
    Shoo Bomp And The Rama In The Rama Lama Ding Dong!.

    ….He Even Knows Who Put The Dip In The Dip Da Dip Da Dip!…How Cool Is That?….

    ….”Frankie Valli and Kutchie Pelaez”..Did Make-It As Big As “Frank Sanatra”.

    ….”Yeah” A Few Wise Guys They Certainly Were “Frankie Valli, Kutchie
    Pelaez and Joe Pesci”!….Together “The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot

    ….Mafiosi Wanna-Bee’s. The Key Lime Pie “Wild Bunch”. They’ve Got
    Everyone Shaking In They’re Flip-Flops!….”Even “Jimmy Buffet” Doesn’t
    Know Where It’s Safe To Hide-Out”!….Especially Since Everyone Found-Out
    That “Captain Kutchie Pelaez” Was The One Who First Came-Up With The
    “Goody Goody”…“The Original Cheese Burgers In Paradise” And Kutchie’s
    Buddy. “Levi Stubbs”. Of The “Four Tops” Helped Him Name Them Way Back
    In The Early 70?s.

    ….Eli Wallach, Be Careful, Don’t Eat The “Cannoli’s”!…They’re Killer Man!….

    ….I’d Give My Left “Nut” To Set Down With “Captain Kutchie Pelaez,
    Frankie Valli, Terry Levi, Joe Pesci, Bob Gaudio, Bob Crewe, Paul
    Shaffer, Bob De Niro, Tommy DeVito, Martin Scorsese, Clint East Wood,
    Bob Newhart And Yankee Jack Pittorino”! Rub Elbows And Shoot The Shit
    With That Whole Crew Of “Good Fellows” Or “Wise Guys” Or Whatever The
    Hell You Want To Call Them!….”Who Wouldn’t”?….

    ….I Believe That “Kutchie” First Sang “My Eyes Adored You” And “Can’t
    Take My Eyes Off Of You” To His Lovely Bride “Anita” Way Back In The
    Seventies! ….Sounds Like A Love Story To Us!

    ….A Very Good Yarn! “You” “You’re Good You”….

    ….That “Captain Kutchie” Always Lands Back On His Feet. No Matter How
    Tough The Situation Is He Always Comes Back Up On The Top Of The Heap,
    King Of The Hill! Everyone Knows That! Never Count The Captain Out No
    Matter How Down The Chips May..Appear!…… Remember That He Is Not Only
    “The World Famous Captain Kutchie Pelaez” But Please Keep In Mind That
    “Captain Kutchie” Is Also Considered “The Most Interesting Man In The
    World”!….Why Else Would Everyone Be Talking About Him And His
    Adventurous Wild And Crazy World Exploits, Treasure Hunting And
    Exploring, The Megalodon Teeth And Oh All Those Giant Reptile
    Exploits?…To Say “The Dude” Really Has Balls Is Quite An Understatement
    To Say The Least!….

    ….His Drop Dead Gorgeous Wife “Anita”

    And They’re Famous Key Lime Pies!….They’re World Famous Historic Key
    West Kutcharitaville Key Lime Pie Factory and Grill, Home Of The Famous
    “Goody Goody” Cheese Burgers In Paradise!….All Conveniently Located In
    NC Near The Famous “Biltmore House And Estate!….

    ….Yeah, You’re Good You. No You’re “DAMN GOOD YOU”….

    ….Also Add “The Two Yutes”….”What’s A Yute”? You Might Ask. Just Ask “Yankee Jack”…..


    Lasts Forever and Ever, Two People Become One! A Covenant Between A
    Husband, His Wife And The Lord “Jesus” The Christ! Marriage, The Same
    Yesterday Today Tomorrow And Forever More! True Love Never Changes! Just
    Ask “Captain Kutchie Pelaez” He Knows!….That What The Lord Puts
    Together Can Never Be Broken!…

    …..That “Captain Kutchie” Really Knows His Stuff. He’s Mind Blowing To Say The Least!…

    ….”Captain Kutchie” Never Kisses Ass But If He Did Kiss An Ass It Would
    Probably Be His Beautiful Wife’s Ass!….You Go “Captain Kutchie”!….

    ….”Captain Kutchie”, You Put You’re Cloth’s Back On, “You”!….

    ….Who Dat, Dat Say “Who Dat” Every Time Dat I Say Who Dat, “Who Dat”?….

    ….Nobody Be Done Does It Better Than The “Captain Kutchie” Be Done Did!….

    ….At A Time Like This, I Can’t Help But Think, What Would “Captain Kutchie” Say?….

    ….Yeah, With They’re Olive Oil Voice And Guinea Charm, The Damn Dago Wop
    Grease-Ball Goombahs Are Out To Steal Everyone’s Grease! The
    Scumbags!….That’s Probably What Captain Kutchie Might Say!…

    ….Anita and Captain Kutchie Pelaez’s Key Lime Pies Are Really As Good As
    Everyone Says They Are. The Proof Is In The Pudding, They’re That Damn

    ….With “Anita’s and Kutchie’s” World Famous Key Lime Pies You Will Always Eat, Drink and Be Murray!

    ….”Captain Kutchie” Of Key Lime Pie Fame Always Told Me “Keep You’re Friends Close But Keep You’re Enemies Closer”.


    that’s a go!….ok….go…….please go away now!……go to your room now!….well

    if you don’t go now, i will!….bye-bye….i am gone now, you can stop

    reading, cause i am gone……i am really gone now!

    ….i can’t believe that you are still reading this! you believe that?

    ….i can’t believe that we ate that whole key lime pie!…

    “Rooms To Go” did good, maybe the “Pelaez’s” should change their name to
    “Key Lime Pies To Go”, Yeah-What Do You-All Think? Is That A

    Go?……go to your room now!….BYE!….

    ….With “Captain Kutchie” It Is Known As “The Battle Of The Bulge”!….,

    ….Ain’t It A Kick In The Head?…..Damn Straight It Is!….

    ….I Saw Captain Kutchie’s Dick Before…”OMG!!!”……Oh My, It’s A Nice One!….

    Kutchie To The Rescue”, I Bet the Captain doesn’t give a rats ass
    about some Mexican lime shortage, why would he? He is AMERICA’S HERO!
    When it comes to “Key Lime Pies!”

  • Angelica (:

    I used all your tips and it’s helped me better my photos. I now use a lovely app of afterlight as well and it has some awesome filters and editing!

    Ohaiangie is my instagram! Love yours! <3

  • Beantown Belle

    Thanks for the tips, Lauren! I really love the chic and vintage vibe your photos often have. When I look at your feed, the photos are all interesting and very connected (if that makes any sense). I started a beauty and fashion blog last year and I have so much enjoyed getting into photography with my new Canon. It is fast becoming a hobby and slight obsession of mine!

  • Michelle

    Haha I love the “egg plant” pic :) Thanks for sharing these tips!

    — Michelle | MXP STYLE

  • Alex McIsaac

    Great tips :) Thanks Lauren! Here’s mine:

  • Shani Nottingham

    lovely…..i am rarepearstudio x

  • Devy Paramitha

    hi this is a great article and i wanna thank you for that because i suck at pointing my focus to the photo

  • Caroline

    Great post! I love a mix of square & horizontal/vertical too…

  • Alex Dry
  • Suman Rahman

    I am still struggling with Instagram on using it properly. The tips that you have mentioned here seems like interesting and I am going to follow them to make my profile look good :)

  • Jordanna

    magnificent_temptations :) loved this post! I’m a new blogger just starting out so I was very eager to read considering your blog inspired me so much!

  • Waseema Abdool Khader

    Forget about the nitty gritty! this is a great article! Thankyou Lauren:) My instagram account is stylexplora, I follow back provided no vulgar or explicit content…what you follow you promote. I am new to instagram, but I have learnt alot!

  • jennifer

    Love these tips! Insta is too much fun. I’m working on transforming my page to make them all look like a little more in sync, as if they all are meant to be grouped together. Going for a more soft feel like yours :)

    xx, jen

  • Gizem Okut
  • Caitlin

    Check out my Instagram! :)

  • Witsel Carry

    Awesome post! I like it very much, Thank you for sharing us.

  • GoodSamaritan

    There’s at least one more crucial part of being successful on social media – keeping a proper follower/following ratio. It can be non-essential for personal blogs, but when it comes to business the image you create is everything. Account with prevailing following number can be seen unwanted and attention seeking, which is undesirable for sucessful marketing, so the best choice for a growing blog is to keep the ratio at least 1:1 by getting rid of unfollowers. There are many apps but i personally use, as it is the fastest with up to 5000 and has a free trial of 1000 unsubscriptions. Using this or similar tools can improve your accounts a lot, increasing the quality of your community members by reducing their quantity.

  • Gijs

    my instagram: @gijsdecorte

  • Noel Morata

    Great tips, I’m pretty new to the Instagram platform and already loving it. As a photographer, this platform really works well for visuals – I even wrote a post about it to making your visuals and compositions pop

  • Kandace

    Where did you get the personalized necklace that is under Tip 8? I have searched everywhere online but I can’t find it!

  • CelebratingthisLife

    These are great tips! I’ve been trying to add “the rule of thirds” into more of my photos and so far I am loving the results! I straightened one photo a few months ago and now it’s my most used tool! My instagram is connected with my blog, IG is and my blog is xx



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