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Here Are Some Instagram Lighting Tips From The Pros

On point!

Capturing good shots requires effort, luck and of course good lighting. But how do you optimize it? 

Mel Vandersluis, a Montreal based freelance photographer says "to get the best light on a subject, make sure you shoot in the same direction of the light and not against it." 

Here are some tips: 

1. USE NATURAL LIGHT

Ensure your subject, er, brunch, isn't backlit, and that the light is shining down on it directly or coming at it from an upper-diagonal angle.

If it's a flat layout, make sure there are no shadows anywhere.

 

When your phone has watermelons on it and presents very serious problems when you're hungry... 😳🐷🍉😂 // @milkywaycases

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2. CHOOSE THE RIGHT TIME OF THE DAY

The best time is the "golden hour" where it's just before the sunset where the sky has an enchanting yellow glow over the landscapes and portraits. Taking a picture suring the sunrise or sunset can make the picture looks beautiful and enchanting. 

 

... picnics & perfect skies ... . . . #melbourne #summer #sunset #views #weekend ❤️

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3. USE FILTERS

There are a few apps that you can use to get your filters right on your picture. Instagram has their own features that can adjust the perfect lighting, contrast and shadows.

But there are also some other apps that are far better like VSCO and Lightroom.

4. FOCUS THE LENS

Using an iPhone, tap on your screen to focus on your object. It's that easy! You can also boost your exposure by clicking on the yellow sun.

5. GET INTO FORMATION

Make sure to position your subject so that light filters the background. A thin ray of light add a majestic feel.

 

Image via pipeandvalveguy, VERSEPASI, MEL VANDERSLUIS, Tierney Instagram 

Article source: Teen Vogue

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