Tapping into stock photos to boost the overall quality of your Instagram feed is such a BOSS move!
But you might be wondering, "How can I blend my own snapshots with Wellness Stock Shop photos and maintain the beautiful, naturally polished look?"
Personally, I think it's important to sprinkle in an occasional selfie or behind-the-scenes shot in order to maintain a more personable connection with your followers.
So I've got some easy tips to help you step up the look of your own photos. Plus, I'll share how to blend your own snapshots in with Wellness Stock Shop Photos.
If the mention of "selfies" and sharing your own photos prompts a mini heart attack, just breathe friend.
I've got some easy tips you're going to love.
Here's what you'll learn:
- The #1 most important ingredient for a good photo (pssst... it's super simple, but no amount of editing will fix this if you get it wrong)
- My favorite photo filters to give your snapshots a beautifully (natural) polished look
- How to create a balanced Instagram feed so that your own snapshots blend beautifully with stock photos
1. Use Natural Lighting
Before we get to the editing bit, we need to have a heart-to-heart. No photo filter will fix ugly lighting.
This is the #1 most important thing you need to get right when taking your snapshots.
If you use poor lighting, like indoor lamp light or on-camera flash, there is no way to fix your photo. It will simply look ugly.
Please raise your right hand and commit here + now to only ever use natural lighting for your photos.
PRO TIP: Natural window light creates a beautiful, soft look for your photos.
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2. Apply A Filter
BTW, pro photographers always apply a filter (also called presets) to their photos.
You'll want to try to match that finished look on your snapshot.
Personally, I don't recommend using any filters inside the Instagram app. They're outdated and often give your photo a "muddy" look.
Instead, I recommend using an editing app such as A Color Story.
Even a light filter with the slightest adjustments to contrast and brightness can transform your photo.
You'll be amazed by the difference it makes.
PRO TIP: If you're trying to blend your photos in with Wellness Stock Shop photos, you'll want to choose filters that are minimal with a natural feel.
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3. Balance Your Feed
Sprinkling personal shots evenly throughout your feed creates a balanced look.
As a general rule, you want to avoid posting several of the same type of photo in a row, or stacking them one on top of the other. This causes congestion.
Need some help with your feed? Check out these 5 popular Instagram grid layouts.
Watch this quick video to see how to blend stock photos into your feed to create a beautiful stand out look.
PRO TIP: Make sure all the images you use match your branding look. Not only will this create a cohesive feed, it will maintain a more professional appearance.