No matter what you use Instagram for, getting your photos ‘just right’ can make the difference between insta-success and insta-failure! Often, however, it can be difficult to know just how to achieve the effects you’re looking for. If you’re struggling for inspiration, we’ve got your back with our guide to getting amazing shots for Instagram on your phone. Read on to find out more!

How to get amazing shots for Instagram on your phone! - capturing a field of sunflowers.


Before you post your first snap, decide why you’ve signed up for Instagram in the first place! Try to develop a consistent theme for your gallery. If you just take a load of photos and post them all, no one’s going to have a clue what you’re trying to say. Attempting to use your posts to convey a message or feeling will help your followers understand that they’re following you for a good reason.

Understand light

Light is always an important thing to consider in your photos! Working with natural light is usually best, especially for beginners, as it’s not usually as harsh as artificial light or a flash. Staying away from the midday sun can often be a good idea too, so as to avoid any problematic shadows that might disrupt your image. Also, remember exposure. You can always brighten an under exposed image later using editing tools, however an over exposed photo will remain over exposed.

How to get amazing shots for Instagram on your phone! - Woman taking landscape shot.

Consider composition

Don’t just take photos and hope for the best! Spend time thinking about the framing and composition of your pictures. Are you looking for a pleasantly symmetrical image? Or would you rather capture people’s imagination with an asymmetric view? Use your phone’s grid feature to ensure you’re getting the right objects in the right places every time you capture a shot!

Use filters

Instagram has a variety of filters that alter the appearance of your images, lending them effects such as oversaturation or more diffused light. Making use of these can really bring your photos to life, as can other photo-editing apps on the market. Remember that sometimes less is more! The best photos are usually edited to enhance the original, not to completely rework it!

How to get amazing shots for Instagram on your phone! - Four people photograph their food.


No one was born a natural photographer! The only real way to improve your photography skills is to practise, practise and practise some more. Bearing the above tips in mind, just get out there and hone your skill. Get to know the functions and limitations of your phone until you know what every setting will allow you to achieve.

One last piece of advice; if every shot you take comes out hazy or blurry, give your lens a wipe and you’ll probably notice a world of difference! If you’re a photographer with a passion for all things Instagram, you might want to consider taking out Insurance that can help protect both your camera and your phone. At The Insurance Emporium, we offer flexible Camera Insurance with a range of Optional Benefits including cover for Gadgets and Mobile Phones. You could also get a 25% Introductory Discount* with your policy. Head to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!

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