12 Tips for Taking the Best Instagram Photos on Your Beach Trip

In this day and age, there are multiple ways in which we are able to share our everyday life experiences with the world. Not only that, but it’s become somewhat of a necessity to do so.

If you didn’t post pictures of your beach vacation, did you actually go on one?

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With that being said, if you’re going to take part, it’s probably best to know what you’re doing. Taking photos of a beach scene can be much different than taking photos in a coffee shop, for example.

Here’s a few things to be aware of when attempting to make those trip memories “insta-worthy.”

Clean the lens.

Taking photos with your phone can be done so quickly, it’s easy to forget how dirty your iPhone screens are. Think about it– you bring your device EVERYWHERE. Sometimes it can make all the difference to simply wipe off your front & back camera lenses with your shirt before taking a snapshot!

Don’t forget to focus.

Even with a clean camera lense, a photo can turn out blurry if it’s not fully-focused. Apple makes this easy to optimize, however, with just the tap of a finger. Once you have your camera positioned the way you want it, just tap the screen atop the area of the photo that needs to be focused– the camera will adjust accordingly.

Lighting is key.

One should always be aware of lighting when taking photos, but even more so on the beach! Between the way the sun reflects off of the sand/water and the widespread view of the sky, the time of dayย can make or break your photo. Similar to the example below, it’s always great to catch a beach sunset because 1) they’re stunningly beautiful and 2) the contrast helps to create amazing silhouettes.

Try using the “rule of thirds.”

If you’ve never heard of this, it’s a strategy in the photography world that essentially creates balance by dividing the subject into 3 sections. Placing the subject inside one of these imaginary “sections,” preferably either of the side sections, tends to be aesthetically-pleasing because it removes the focus from solely the center of the photo.

Pick the right filter– or go #NoFilter.

Instagram offers a wide variety of filters, all of which complement different types of photos. I would suggest using ‘Clarendon’ if you are looking to accentuate the colors of the water and sky because it increases saturation and contrast. On the other hand, if your photo appears TOO contrasted and harsh, the “Gingham” filter may be the better choice, due to it’s softening features.

Use third-party editing apps

Although the Instagram app now includes pretty well-advanced editing tools, it’s never a bad idea to check out other editing apps. Especially during those instances when you get all the way though the editing process and still aren’t satisfied with your photo enough to post it. There are plenty of free apps that are very popular: VSCO cam, Snapseed and Afterlight, to name a few.

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Look for strong colors, shapes & lines.

With everything going on at a resort, finding these elements for a photo shouldn’t be too difficult. Bold pops of color, straight lines, sharp angles, etc. can truly make a huge difference in the outcome of the shot. In addition, your Instagram “grid” will look much better when viewing all the photos on your profile.

White walls are your friends.

If people are going to be the subject of you picture, in particular, it’s usually best to avoid a distracting background with multiple things going on. Try to find a solid-colored wall or surface to stand in front of. Hint: blank white walls work best! The lack of color or shape leaves freedom forย you to add as many of these as you would like.

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Take advantage of Instagram’s newest updates.

One of the biggest struggles of capturing vacation highlights is the crazy amount of photos you want to share! There’s only so many awesome beach pictures you can post until your friends start to get annoyed (AKA jealous!) Lucky for us, Instagram has recently added a ‘slideshow’ feature that allows you to include more than one photo/video in a single upload– up to 10, to be exact. Using this tool can help to avoid an overload for your profile and followers.

Photographย your meals.

We can all agree that one of the most enjoyable parts of going to an all-inclusive resort is the immense amount of delicious food! So, why not capture that element of your trip? Not only will this break up the bulk of blue ocean/pool photos on your grid, but it will help you remember that favorite meal you ate during the trip in the months (or years) to come.

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