The immense success of Instagram is partly due to the original Instagram filters offered by the famous platform to customize your photos. Follow our tips to make your photos look great on your smartphone and discover the most amazing Instagram filters.
How to succeed with your photos with a smartphone?
Even before applying an Instagram filter to your photo, you still have to make it a success. Here are a few tips to give you the best chance to generate a maximum of likes on Instagram.
Tip 1: Control the light
On your smartphone, you can set the right exposure by pointing to the brightest part of the image on your screen (neither too dark nor too bright). By playing with this setting, you can uncover shadows or darken a potentially overexposed photo.
Choose a beautiful light, preferably natural. If you are indoors, stand next to a window.
Avoid flash (especially from smartphones) which gives a yellowish color to the subject and tends to make the background disappear and harden the strokes.
Tip #2: Play the graphics card
Graphic photos are the ones that attract the most likes on Instagram. It is therefore a matter of choosing the right angle for your photo. A few tips to follow:
Photos taken “from above” instantly give your images a graphic look. Whether it is a culinary plate for example or any other object, taking “from above” allows you to focus attention on your subject. A hashtag is even dedicated to this trend: #fromwhereistand gathers photos of you taken from above and multiplies the likes. A great way to spread your own vision of the world!
To give more thickness to your subject, privilege side shots. This will allow you to better contextualize the image.
Don’t hesitate to play with the guidelines of your photo, the verticals as well as the horizontals, respecting the 3 thirds rule.
Instagram Tip: The “Adjust” tool in the “Edit” menu allows you to create a virtual grid on your photo and to straighten it at the desired angle.
Tip 3: Manage the depth of field
To make your subject stand out, one trick is to blur the background, thus emphasizing the foreground. Unfortunately most of the time on smartphones, the depth of field is fixed or too large. The solution? Get as close as possible to the subject you want to “sharpen”, which will blur the foreground or background.
Instagram Tip: The “Tilt-shift” tool in the “Edit” menu allows you to artificially create a blur around your subject, either radial (the blur is in a circle around the subject) or linear (the blur is created on the upper and lower bands of the photo).
Once your photo is taken, which Instagram filters should be applied to obtain the effect you are looking for?
The 5 best Instagram filters
According to a 2015 study of the best Instagram filters conducted by researchers at Yahoo Labs and Georgia Tech, it is the warm tones (yellow and red) associated with high exposure, heat and saturation that would create maximum adhesion for photo viewers. Here are the 5 Instagram filters that meet these criteria!
1- The Rise filter
The effect sought by this Instagram filter is to give your photo a washed out look. It is the combination of a color balance tending towards red and desaturation that causes this sensation. The center of the image is slightly overexposed compared to the edges.
2- The Mayfair filter
The effect of this filter is light but well dosed. Your photo will be slightly desaturated and will generally be yellow. This filter also exposes the center of the image directly and offers contrasting edges for a slight vignetting effect.
3- The Nashville filter
Thanks to this filter, you will obtain a very marked aged effect with yellow tones. The outline of the photo will look like that of a film. You will really feel like you took your photo in the 70s!
4- The Valencia filter
Like the other Instagram filters, Valencia plays on the global desaturation of colors, the final rendering tending more towards yellow and red. Use this filter to give a romantic side (induced by a faded effect) to your shots.
5- The HeFe filter
The main feature of this filter is to offer a high contrast of colors by pushing the clarity. Here, the general colorimetry pulls towards brown. Darker areas dress the corners of the image.
The most used Instagram filters
But are these “better filters” the most widely used? It should be noted that almost half (44.98%) of the photos published on Instagram are #nofilter!
The most popular Instagram filters applied by users are Rise, HeFe and Valencia :
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Here’s how to choose your Instagram filter according to the theme of the photo :
The best food filter: Lo-fi
The most popular: Crema (especially the pictures of the Coffee shop. This filter brings out the green and blue)
To bring out the colors of a dish: Lark
Urban landscape, building: Ludwig
Icy landscapes/winter look/city center: Hudson
Far plan: X-pro II (buildings in the background).
Juno: for a grunge look, deep tone
Slumber: a mix between vintage look and romantic feeling
Filter to avoid for close-ups +++++: X-pro II
Best filter for portrait photos: Willow (it looks good on the skin)
Close-up portrait: Rise (vintage look)
Smoothing effect of the skin: Aden
Vintage look: Moon
Hide skin imperfections: Reyes
Filter to avoid on portrait photos +++++ : Perpetua
Object Photos: Sierra
Minimalist photos: Clarendon
Animal pictures: Clarendon
Highlighting something in the center of the picture: Mayfair
Outdoor nature: Sierra
Pictures with lots of trees and grass: Lo-fi
Image saturation increase: Hefe
Nature at a glance: Willow (sepia effect without being kitschy)
Dreamy/romantic effect: Slumber
Bech Scenes: Willow (sepia effect without being kitschy)
The beach: Perpetua (yellow tone, filter to avoid for portrait photos)
Sunny skin / bring out the green and blue of trees and skies: Lark
Best filter for autumn photos: Aden or otherwise Amaro
Outdoor nature: Sierra (dream effect, feeling darker than Rising)
Iced nature: Hudson
Best filter for portrait photos with a vintage look: Moon
Close-up portrait: Rise
Vintage look: Valencia
Stronger vintage look: Nashville
Vintage effect for hipster fashionista photos: Gingham
Black and White:
Black and White Filter: Inkweel: portrait, outdoor, and nature
Moon: black and white vintage look
Willow: sepia effect without being kitschy