How to get the perfect Instagram shot

Did you take that perfect Instagram shot?
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It is hard to keep away from the digital media when travelling. Something as basic as photographs, are mandatory to have, and not posting them on Instagram later would be so unfair! Grab more likes by making your image attractive and full of life. Here are some factors that play an important role in getting the perfect Instagram shot.

The angle

One of the best things about Instagram is that what constitutes the ‘perfect shot’ is pretty fluid. Due to the popularity of the channel among travellers, when it comes to capturing the world’s iconic sights, someone (or many someones) will have got there first. So why not experiment? Is there a different angle of Angkor Wat, or a framing of Fez that you could capture? An imaginative angle often tells more of a story.

The crowds

Crowds are the eternal enemy of the Instagrammer, but are pretty unavoidable. Research the quietest times of day to visit your chosen shoot location (spoiler: these will largely be unfathomably early in the morning). Alternatively, consider using different shot perspectives to disguise the fact that there are crowds.

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The lighting

Capturing atmosphere is key to nabbing the perfect travel shot. Lighting is one of the most malleable and influential tools at your disposal here – consider where you position its source in the frame. Backlit shots are good for drama, while images with the light source visible in them conjure a sense of freedom.

The format

Instagram offers options when it comes to what format you present your images in. A standard feed-post works best as a square, as it fills the largest amount of screen space when viewed on a phone or tablet. Try to avoid using landscape or portrait shots for feed posts where possible. Remember that you can also use Instagram’s ‘story’ function for shots that are less standalone and work as a sequence.

This excerpt has been taken from Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips.