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How to have an aesthetic instagram feed

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You know all of those Instagrammers with to-die-for feeds. Today I'm going to teach you how to take and edit photos like a pro.

Know Your Aesthetic

Whether you're going for "Instagram Baddie" or just a "Chill Artsy Hipster", it's important to know what style you want. You could dress up your feed by taking glamor shots in red or black on a night out. You could also dress down your feed with more casual shots like in a park or photography around your town.

Plan Your Outfit And Color Scheme

Pick colors that go hand in hand. An easy way to do this is to look at a color wheel. On the color wheel, if you look at a color such as yellow, the color across from it would be its complement, purple. Of course, it's not mandatory to do so but complementing colors would make the photo stand out more to the viewers. If you would like to follow a more minimalist path, try following a color scheme and wardrobe of blacks, whites, tans, and mauves.

Choose Your Location

Location, aside from outfit, plays a key role in the "atmosphere" of the photo. You want someplace that complements your theme. Say your theme is blues, blacks, and whites, you would want photos of skylines and stars, or photos of you in a dark room. Lighting matters, even though you're in a dark room or on the street, don't think you can get away without good lighting. Now I'm not saying to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on expensive lights, but just use nature to your advantage. Sit in front of a half-opened window, or to set a more mysterious mood, sit in front of a dimly lit candle.

Editing   

The final touch to your themed photos is editing. Try using VSCO and experiment with all of the filters. You can also go classic and use some of Instagram's built-in filters. For more advanced editors, you could use tools like editing the contrast and brightness. Some people even leave their photos unedited, try this if you'd like. For the most part, editing is just messing around until you get an outcome you like.


-Brianna Goodreau

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