YouTube star and founder of Luxy Hair, Mimi Ikonn, has 1.4 million followers on her Instagram account (@mimiikonn). And it’s not hard to see why. Her feed is beautiful, inspiring and gives us all a bit of Instagram-envy. But Mimi shares four tips on how to take better Instagram photos. Up your Instagram game with these useful tips. Here they are:

Wipe your phone camera lens

This step is both the easiest thing to do, and the easiest thing to forget. But a smudged lens will keep you from taking a good shot, no matter how great your lighting, angle and subject is. So, whatever you do, wipe your iPhone lens before you do anything else.

Find good light

To Mimi, finding good light is the secret to a great picture. And it really doesn’t matter if you’re using a high quality camera or last season’s iPhone. Without good light, your selfie, flat lay or friend just won’t look as stunning.

If you’re shooting inside, opt for natural light near the window. If you’re taking a picture outside, move your subject is in the shade rather than in the direct sunlight for a more balanced, even light.

Find a good angle

Every person, place and thing has a good and bad angle, so don’t be afraid to move around in order to find the best shot. Mimi says that food and flowers tend to look better when shot from above.

When it comes to your selfie, take time to figure out your most flattering angle for the best Instagram shot. And if someone is photographing you, remember that shooting people from a lower angle adds height and length for a slimming effect.

Style your photo

Finally, styling your photo adds the finishing touch to a great Instagram photo. Adding props like magazines, books, fresh fruit, cutler or jewelry creates the proper mood or atmosphere and enhances the lifestyle of your image.

So, there you have it! Four tips to up your Instagram game. Which one are you going to try?

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