The Dos and Don'ts of Instrument Photography

Updated: Aug 4, 2019



TRANSFORM YOUR PICTURES BY FOLLOWING THESE 8 SIMPLE RULES!


WIPE YOUR INSTRUMENT

Let's get this one over first: no one wants to see your fingerprints or the remains of your makeup on the lip plate. 😬You can use a microfiber cloth to clean this up! If it didn’t come with your instrument when you bought it, you can purchase a super fashionable and affordable cloth from Beaumont Music! Plus, part of instrument care includes wiping the outside of your instrument in addition to the inside, so really you're tackling two things at once. Look at you go!


ALL ABOUT ANGLES

If you taking a picture of your instrument at an angle, try to line it up corner-to-corner. This will give it a clean cut and more professional look.


THE SQUARE EFFECT

If you have an iPhone (sorry Android users, I have no idea if this is a feature for you - someone let me know!) the best way to avoid Instagram cropping your pictures is to take them in the “square” format. The square format can be very aesthetically pleasing and help with centering the object in your images. If you forgot to switch over to the square format after you've taken the picture, you can use the InShot app which will add a white or colored border and shrink the image down to fit the dimensions set by Instagram. This is also a great option for anyone who has portrait mode on their iPhone - a tool I highly recommend using thanks to its high quality and focusing capabilities.


LIGHT

If you’ve ever talked to any photographers about lighting they will all say the same thing: lighting. is. everything. Try to take your pictures early in the morning and use the natural light - no need to spend hundreds of dollars on a light booth when the sun is free!


FORGET THE FLASH

90% of the time I would recommend that you should NOT use flash. It creates uneven lighting and coloring on the image and you just don't need that kind of negative energy in your life right now. The only time it can be helpful is if you are taking pictures in the daytime but there are still shadows - sometimes the flash can be helpful, but do a comparison of with flash and without to see which image looks better.


HAVE A CONSISTENT THEME/AESTHETIC

The best way to figure out your aesthetic is to reflect your personality and favorite color scheme! Want to create a feed that looks light and soft? Do that! Are you more serious and stoic? Then that's your theme, my friend. Your feed should reflect your personality in an authentic way so that your followers can get to know the awesome person that you are.


CREATIVITY IS KEY

Currently, there are 1 billion users on Instagram which means that there’s probably a lot of pictures that look kind of similar. Taking creative and captivating images will catch people’s eye and grow your following.


DON’T EVER PUT YOUR INSTRUMENT IN DANGER

Whatever you do, never ever ever put your instrument in a compromising position. Be sure that you don’t lay it flat on the keys or in any way that could bend them. This also goes for pictures outside. While the snow landing on your instrument may look beautiful, you are risking the chance that cold temperatures and dampness will rip the pads or cause cracks if it's made of wood, and result up with an expensive bill from the repair shop. So take the picture from inside, or limit the exposure time outdoors in extreme temperatures and you will capture almost the effect, and thank yourself in the end.


I hope these tips are helpful! Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions or comments! Put any of these tips to use and tag me in them on Instagram @Taylorflute! 😊




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