Lighting is key
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Lighting is key

"Crisp natural lighting will give you the best results. Always look for softly diffused light, and if you’re indoors, shoot in front of a window. If you’re working in direct sunlight, step into a shaded area to shoot."

Three is your lucky number
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Three is your lucky number

"When composing an image, using groupings of three or five is much more appealing to the eye than groupings of two or four. Go for those odd numbers when you’re snapping your next shot."

Keep it fresh
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Keep it fresh

"The composition of your feed is just as important as the quality of an individual image. The first nine photos in your feed are the reason you get those follows, so keep your content consistent in colour and feel, but varied in content."

Angles Matter
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Angles Matter

"Don’t be afraid to move around and snap a few different angles until you get the one shot that feels and looks just right. It often takes about 10 to 20 shots before you find the one that you love (kinda like a selfie, right?)"

Five tips to up your Instagram game

Five tips to up your Instagram game

Whether we like to admit it or not, we all spend at least a few minutes a day browsing Instagram. It’s a perfect way to get inspired, catch up with friends and learn something new. But have you ever wondered how to take your feed to the next level?

Vancouver Instagram guru Erin Sousa of Sparkle Media runs local workshops on using the app and shares her pro tips on taking the ultimate Insta-shots.

Click through for Erin's top five tips to pretty up your instagram.

Easy editing apps
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Easy editing apps

"Smartphone editing apps can be powerful tools. My favourites are Snapseed and A Color Story. I always brighten, straighten, crop and play with contrast and saturation before I post my little piece of art to Instagram."