How to Up your Instagram/Social Media Game with your Phone

Here are the basics you need to know before we get started:

  1. Turn on the grid.
    Turning on the grid is something is often overlooked, but is really important.Turning on the grid allows you to kind of “center” your photograph.

    Also, if you are posting on Instagram, you should automatically just switch to the “square” mode.


  2. AF/AE lock.
    Hold your finger over the part that you want focused, and your should get an AF (autofocus function) and then you can also adjust your exposure (AE).P1090719.JPG
  3. Speaking of adjustment, for the exposure, simply slide your finger up (to make it brighter) or down (to make it darker).P1090720

Now that we’ve cover the basics, here’s how you can add some more “professional” flair.

  1. Pick a background. I usually like to use a piece of gray paper, because it gives off a “clean” look.
  2. When laying everything out, it is also very helpful to pick one item and “build” around it.For example, I have chose the Instax printer as my main item, and I added some layers and decoration to the side.


  3. My last tip is to take your pictures unfiltered, and then go back to your editing software and doing it there. That way it makes your editing a lot easier.Not adding filters (which are overrated anyways) allows you to have a more versatile editing options.


All the photos (without the phone in the picture) are taken with an IPhone SE. 

The rest of the shots were shot with a Lumix GX85 with a 25 mm lens. 

And no, I do not have Instagram.


Same Sunset, Four Colors


The bokeh in this one was really good.


Gives off a purple, aurora borealis look.


This one reminds me of a sepia filter, but no, I didn’t use any filters (I feel like their kind of overrated. heehee).


This is a blue version, it kind of reminds me of an aquarium, the colors and all.

Different Ways to Shoot a Product

I’ve gotten a few questions on how and what is the best way to take pictures of items, so I thought I would write a post about it.

There are three main angles to shoot from:

  1. Bird’s eye (or above)
    This is angle is achieved when the photographer is right above the item, so you can use a chair or a stool. P1090723.JPG
  2. 45 degree
    This one is not the “straight ahead” angle, but more of the “a bit above the straight ahead” angle, if you would like to put it that way.
  3. Straight Ahead
    This is pretty straight forward (hah), just level your camera with the base/horizon. P1090721.JPG

Oh, and one more tip, people tend to make this mistake a lot. Fill up the frame and allow things to be cut off instead of trying to cram everything into your photo. This gives your photo a little bit more background story, as if something’s on the side that your viewer can’t see.

(Note that this only applies when you are shooting, say, a more wide range of objects.)

This is what you DON’T want:


Instead, do this:



Use layers to add dimension to something that would otherwise be boring and plain, like I did with the marbled paper here: