How to Take the Perfect Insta

Basic Rules

1. Take it easy on the filters. You don’t want to take too much attention away from the shot you took with blue trees or orange eyes. Pick a filter that enhances what’s already in the photo.
2. Hashtags are more important than you think, especially if you’re interested in insta-fame. They connect your photos to others with the same hashtag, making it easier for people to find you. No need to throw on more than three though; you don’t want to seem like you’re trying too hard. Putting #cute #smile on every picture is unnecessary, and it just makes you look basic. Be silly with your captions, and have fun while being intentional.
3. The best instagram photos have simple, meaningful captions. Put some thought into what you want your caption to say before you post. Stay away from essay long captions, but make sure you express your genuine self.

Landscapes vs. Objects

The issue with landscape pictures is their connection to panorama shots. Panoramas are nice, but often too tiny for Instagram. If you want to post a panorama, make sure you can still see everything that you want in the photo before you post. The details are important!

When arranging objects, either be symmetrical or intentionally asymmetrical. Use your creative eye. The best angle is usually directly over or at the level of the objects. Stand on a chair or squat down if you have to. Don't be afraid to move a little!


Not all food is worthy of Instagramming. Sometimes you want to snap a pic of your food because of the memories associated with the meal—a fabulous dinner with your best friend, a romantic breakfast with your boyfriend, or a holiday meal spent with family. If you are going to post a picture of your meal, again consider the angle. Shots from above look great, as do pictures taken directly in front of the plate.

Feature photo and all photos included courtesy of Nisha Kashyap.