You use it all the time anyway, so you might as well do it right: bpb scores super tips from professional photographers (yes, those still exist; no, you’re not one of them) on how to get the most flash out of your Instagram app.
Aneesh Bhasin, photographer and co-founder of Indian Wine List: Sometimes using one filter might not cut it. For this one picture, I Instagrammed once, saved it, then Instagrammed again. It’s a fun option to explore. The image was recently bought and exhibited and Tim Cook (CEO of Apple) told me he found it stunning.
Bobin James, freelance music photographer & former executive editor of Rolling Stone India: This might sound like a no-brainer, but always keep the 1 x 1 proportions of Instagram pictures in mind. Since cell phone screens aren't square, you'll have to train your eye to compose for it.
Roycin D’Souza , music, lifestyle and portrait photographer; founder of social media photo-project TAD365: Most Instagram filters come with frames that were intended to make images look quirky, but really end up looking plain ugly. Avoid using them especially when you're putting a lot of effort and thought into your photos.
Natasha Hemrajani, former photo editor with Grazia and ex-photojournalist at Hindustan Times: The Instagram tilt-n-shift function can be used to eliminate background distractions and frame clutter, while making it look like you’re shooting with a medium-format camera. Also, the hash tag feature on Instagram is a great way to connect the works of different photographers working on similar subjects.
Aparna Jayakumar, contributor to CNNgo.com, Verve, Femina, Lonely Planet and Elle and more: The latest version of Instagram has an HDR type plug in (a sun icon on the bottom left) that really kicks the contrasts up. I like to use that with the Amaro filter for high contrast, deep blacks and an overall cool tone.
Gaurav Sawn, advertising and fashion photographer for PETA, Bo Concept Van Heusen and more: I prefer not to use Instagram as my main camera app, as it takes time to load and shoot the picture, and by then the moment I want to capture is gone. I prefer shooting with the default phone camera and then importing and post processing the image in Instagram.
Getting there: Download Instagram for your iPhone or Android at The App Store or visit http://instagr.am/