11 Photography Hacks To Know If You’re Obsessed With Cole Sprouse’s Instagram

28 July 2017, 15:55 | Updated: 10 August 2017, 10:39

Photography Hacks
Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

From zero to Instagram hero in 2.5 seconds.

We bet you spend hours and hours on Instagram crushing over professional photography accounts and wondering "Ooooh, how do I do that?" Well, wonder no more because we've sleuthed the 11 most important photography hacks that you need to improve your Insta feed just by looking at Cole Sprouse's account. Yes, seriously. You're welcome.

So here they are, check off all 11 of them and you'll have those likes racking up in no time. 

1) Go on adventures.

 

A post shared by Cole Sprouse (@colesprouse) onAug 7, 2015 at 2:22pm PDT

 

Don't get stuck in the same old familiar places. Head out to the city, to the country or somewhere you've never been and explore the light and surroundings. Be spontaneous. Just make sure you do do anything illegal. We don't condone that, k?

2) Catch people off guard.

 

A post shared by Cole Sprouse (@colesprouse) onApr 21, 2017 at 11:44am PDT

 

More often than not, the best pictures are the candid ones. If you're on the street and you see someone or something that immediately makes your brain go, "Oh snap! That would be SUCH a good picture for the gram," try to catch them off guard. If you make it obvious, it takes away from the authenticity of the photo. 

3) Always look for shadows. 

 

A post shared by Cole Sprouse (@colesprouse) onOct 12, 2015 at 12:55pm PDT

 

Using the natural light to create shadows on buildings or people's faces is literally a game changer. You don't have to set up any lighting fixtures, carry around any heavy equipment... Just always make sure you're shooting away from the sun (or into it to create a silhouette) and BAM, 200 likes on Instagram. 

4) Become one with your shutter speed. 

 

A post shared by Cole Sprouse (@colesprouse) onNov 7, 2015 at 4:25pm PST

 

If you're using an actual camera, you can play around with the shutter speed settings to capture really cool motion effects. If you have a fast shutter speed, you can capture a crystal clear static image of something in motion. And if you have a slow one, you can create some pretty cool motion blurs. Use your iPhone torch to create those blurred light effects. 

5) Think about composition. 

 

A post shared by Cole Sprouse (@colesprouse) onDec 11, 2016 at 5:25pm PST

 

Contrasting colours, juxtaposing architecture, symmetry... whatever aesthetic you're looking for, always remember to look with your actual eyes before you even so much as gaze through that viewfinder. 

6) Take more than one shot. 

 

A post shared by Cole Sprouse (@colesprouse) onMar 12, 2017 at 11:10am PDT

 

Just like when you take a bunch of selfies, you'll take around 50+ photos before you find the perfect shot. If you hold your finger down on almost any camera you can trigger a burst mode. That was you can take a series of photos and select your best instead of having to make do with one. 

7) Don't use flash!

 

A post shared by Cole Sprouse (@colesprouse) onFeb 12, 2017 at 8:23am PST

 

*shakes fist* Remember what we just said about natural light? Scrap the flash. In fact, never use the flash unless you're going for one of those overexposed aesthetics. There's two ways around this... shoot in the day time, duh. Or just slow your shutter speed to let more light into the camera lens.

8) Embrace the reflections.

 

A post shared by Cole Sprouse (@colesprouse) onSep 19, 2015 at 1:33pm PDT

 

Reflections. Everyone loves a reflection. We've never seen a bad picture of a reflection. You should probably take some pictures of reflections too. In puddles. In rivers. In train windows. On buildings. All great reflective sources. 

9) Get low, get low, get lowwwww.

 

A post shared by Cole Sprouse (@colesprouse) onMay 24, 2017 at 5:58pm PDT

 

Always try taking pictures from different view points and not always just eye level. Get on the floor, climb (SAFELY!) up somewhere high to explore different view points. Take shots of the same subject from different heights and see what works best. 

10) Now get close, get close, get cloooooose.

 

A post shared by Cole Sprouse (@colesprouse) onOct 22, 2016 at 12:05pm PDT

 

Forget your camera even has a zoom feature. Get as close to your subject as you can without smacking them in the face with the lens and focus on the details of their face. Do the same with flowers too. 

11) Start a deep and meaningful relationship with an editing software. 

 

A post shared by Cole Sprouse (@colesprouse) onApr 8, 2017 at 5:32am PDT

 

Unless you want your photographs to remain in their raw, original state, find an editing software that works for you. Areas to focus on: increasing or decreasing the harshness of the highlights and shadows and saturation to make your contrasting colours pop. Whatever you do, do it manually, don't rely on an Instagram filter.

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