How Instagram star Connor Franta takes the ultimate photo

He even shares his favorite filters.

Feb 29, 2020, 4:44 pm*

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Rae Votta 

Rae Votta

In the quest for a perfect Instagram feed, there’s no one better to consult than an expert that’s already mastered it. Luckily, YouTuber and Instagram star Connor Franta is letting the world in on his Instagram style with a guide to how he develops the perfect picture in a new video.

While Franta might first be known as a YouTuber, but he also has 3.9 million Instagram followers, and he doesn’t follow the typical celebrity Instagram format of simply taking pictures of himself. 

Franta covers everything in this video, from selecting your camera to framing your shots (his goals are always one of the following: depth, symmetry, color, or contrast) and editing your photos. He shouts out a few apps he uses in his process—VSCOcam, Afterlight, and Facetune—and gets as specific as particular filters he prefers. Franta’s tutorial focuses on the fun of Instagram, with ways for an everyday user to turn into a amateur digital photographer.

Franta isn’t the only one pulling back the veil on how social media visuals are constructed this week. Essena O’Neill, a teen Instagrammer who quit the platform began editing her captions to reveal the truth behind her mental state and the staged and branded photos she’s posted over the years.

Whatever your Instagram status, Franta’s tips are definitely enough to keep you “faking reality,” as he jokes, and mastering your Instagram game.

Screengrab via Connor Franta/YouTube

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*First Published: Nov 3, 2015, 4:38 pm