The worldwide phenomenon known as Instagram has swept in a whole new wave of amateur photographers. Noodling around with a phone application has can easily lead to a life-long passion. Between the filters, the Gaussian blur and the “creative” photo angles using a phone produces, getting a reasonably flattering picture can seem like a challenge. Fortunately, there are a few easy, smart ways to make Instagram’s interface work in your favor.
Choose your filters wisely
Did you know that differently colored lights can make your skin tone and hair appear prettier? It’s the reason soft, pink sunsets and candlelight are both known for their beauty-boosting prowess. The same holds true for Instagram filters. While you may like the lo-fi look of the Lomo-fi filter, the orange-brown colour distortion can make everything from under-eye bags to blemishes stand out.Try the Valencia filter if you have ruddy skin, or the Hudson if you tend to look a little grey or orange in photos.
Keep your chin down
Compose yourself before you shoot by tilting your chin down slightly. Careful or you’ll give yourself a case of digital fivehead. Try to hold your phone slightly above your head. Holding your camera below the plane of your face creates a “heavy” image that makes your chin and jaw look wider. If that’s something you want, then go ahead. Otherwise, try to keep your lens a little bit higher than the actual center of your face.
Know your lighting situation
Camera phones are notorious for taking dark pictures, so Instagram tries to compensate by offering filters that lighten things up. Sometimes, this is a great thing, and if your photos are dark, filters like Amaro; which basically mimics a flash and Walden can be a great asset. However, if you’re taking pictures under good lighting conditions or have a smartphone with a flash
Focus, focus, focus
If your camera has a focus tool, you should always use it before you snap your image. Why? You’ll get a photo that centres on what you’re actually interested in showing people and a well-focused photo is a prettier, more interesting photo.
We see our share of professional and amateur photographers coming to Digital Imaging Center to print a wide variety of things. Great results are quite achievable by the novice photographer with the right amount of luck, help and proper use of the technology at hand.
What’s the best piece of digital art you ever accidentally came upon or discovered on your film roll?? We’d love to see and hear the stories that come with them.
We are loving how a wealth of our customers have been coming to take passport pictures. A lot of you have been asking for tips and recommendations before taking your passport pictures. So, with proper direction from http://www.travel.state.gov, we want to share a few passport photo requirements we follow stated directly from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, in order to ensure an acceptable U.S. Passport.
If you are applying for a U.S. Passport, you must provide one (1) photo. Your passport photo must be:
- In color
- Printed on photo quality paper
- 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size ( We offer you 2 identical copies for $10.99)
- Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
- Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
- Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
- Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
- With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
- Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis:
- Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
- Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
- Headphones, wireless hands-free devices or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
- If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn for your photo.
- Dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required)
- Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash.
General Tip from yours truly for Infant Passport Pictures:
Make sure to come at a time when your baby is wide-awake as his/her eyes must be open in the picture 🙂