These days, photos aren’t just worth a thousand words — thanks to the likes of Instagram, they’re worth thousands of followers. But we’re over the quantity-over-quality measure of success. In 2018, Insta-success is all about defining and promoting your personal “brand” and accruing a devoted following of engaged followers — along with a feed full of professional-looking photos.
We’ll come right out and say it: Your success in the digital world comes down to the quality of the pictures you take. From influencer-driven sales to managing your online businesses, the quality of the photos you post can make or break your digital reach. But how?!
The good news is that now more than ever, individual photographers have the power to make their own success. Seasoned pros have learned the secrets of the trade, able to gauge the number of likes a photo will get based on an intimate knowledge of their social media followings. We checked-in with five Instagram photographers whose success on social media has been downright inspirational. Each of them reps a unique niche and has been nice enough to share their best photo-taking tips with us below.
5.) Meredith Schneider
“Holy shit guys. I photographed Katy Perry last night.” 📸 @merelygrace • • • #pop #popmusic #katyperry #concert #concertphotography #concertphotographer #photographer #photo #redlips #makeup #glitter #superstar #star #kcmo #sprintcenter #kansascity #sparkle #beautiful #fun #arenashow #imperfectfifth #snapshot
Meredith is an HBIC-slash-millennial who went from being the editor in chief of a digital music platform to creating her own startup, Imperfect Fifth. This music lover posts vivid concert photography featuring artists she interviews and shows she attends. Meanwhile, she is an Instagram purist; you’ll find no extraneous hashtags here!
Insta-Vibe: Alternative-music lover
Instagram Account: @imperfectfifth
Tip(s): “Always remember to test the lighting! Sometimes you can get in the groove photographing, and then you go back and find out that every photo was so dim you have to edit them into fake news. [bctt tweet=”On your DSLR camera, adjust the ISO to your liking and make sure you utilize a lens that filters light well, especially if you’re nabbing photos at a concert where the lighting is questionable.” username=”topfive”] On your phone, adjust that brightness scale in your photo app and use post-photo filters to adjust accordingly.”