Tuesday, September 30, 2014

15 Instagram Tips & Tricks from Instagramers

Instagram is by far my favourite social media channel. I'm a pretty visual person and love that it is not just a place for me to share photos on-the-go and engage with my friends and blog readers, but also acts as a source of inspiration for me to take better photos of places, people, food and outfits. And oh, it's not cluttered with ads or random promoted posts by people I don't know too ;) 

Instagram seems easy enough to use. All you have to do is to snap a photo then post, no? I guess it is, but if you want it to be more than just a photo-sharing app and get a higher engagement with your Instagram community by posting more visually-interesting content, here are 15 Instagram Tips and Tricks from other Instagrammers that rock it. Pretty useful especially for those just getting started on IG!

Thanks for sharing them with me when I asked on this post! xox

1. Colour, Contrast and Crop - essential to great IG shots! - @reginamoo

2. Always go close to the subject so the distracting background can be cropped out of the frame. And do use one of the filters to add mood or enhancement to the photo :) - @mylollipopdays

3. Use an external photo edit app to clean up the photo before posting on IG, people are drawn to nice photos.- @isaiahkuan

4. There's a lot of good photo-editing apps out there but try not to over-process and let the picture speak for itself - @myvintagebaby

5. Take as many photos as you can and go through them later to choose the ones you want to load on IG. When I am out and about in the moment, especially with Mia, I don't like to fiddle around adding filters and such so I often snap a quick one and post, then later on I go through and pick one or two to play around with and edit before I upload later. Means you still get to share stuff on IG without having to miss out on what you were actually doing at the time! @kyl21z

6. Take images a little off centre, on an angle as this can sometimes enhance a filter's effect - @emilyhavealaugh

7. When taking a photo that you will want to post on Instagram, make it wider than normal since you will be cropping it into a square. - @geraldineguo

8. Use hashtags, this way your photos can be seen by others who like the same things like you like. - @susankoh

9. Photos come out best from a phone when you take them vertically rather than horizontally.
Also, leave plenty of space around the subject you're taking a photo of so that when you frame it on IG, you can get a better close up :) - @_withsomegrace

10. You can use the blur tool to blur out items in the photo so that the main thing is in focus only! - @whit3dot

11. Remember that instagram crops to the pic along the shortest edge of the photo. As a result, I find it easier to take pics in portrait than landscape. - @mummybean

12. I use bokeh as a tool to shift focus on the particular in my pic. Caption is very impt too! - @sherbetgal

13. When taking photos of food, sometimes it is better to take a long shot and with minimal filter effects than a closeup. Some food just doesn't look very pleasing up close or digitally enhanced.- @motherofxander

14. For black and white shots, try running the picture twice through the filter to increase contrast, for sharper BW pictures! :) - @justtey

15. Use filters to create the mood of the photo that you want to express. - @jolin82

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How often do you use Instagram?
What's your favourite Instagram tips?

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Masshole Mommy said...

I am totally obsessed with Instagram!! I am loving all of your tips.

Kirsty said...

I am desperate to improve my instagram usage. I'm not a natural photographer so I need all the filtering I can get to make my shots attractive! These tips are practical and something I think I can follow - thanks for putting this together and for all those who shared their tips!

An Apel a Day said...

You have a lot of great tips. I don't have an Instagram account yet.

Kylie Purtell said...

So many good tips there! I think that @kyl21z chick's tip is the best though! ;)
(Visiting on behalf of #teamIBOT today)

Ingrid @ Fabulous and a Fun Life said...

I enjoy composing and taking photos for Instagram. Thanks for the tips.

Unknown said...

I look forward to playing around with some of these tips! thx

Lucy @ Bake Play Smile said...

Great tips!!! :-)

Finding Myself Young said...

I'm obsessed with Instagram, its fast becoming my favourite social media platform too. I agree with all the tips I think I've probably done all of them.

Ai Sakura said...

Masshole Mommy: Yay! :)

Kirsty: No problem. I think practise makes perfect as well so just keep posting until you feel more comfortable with it!

Alissa: Gooooo get one! ;p

Kylie: hahahaha *grinz* knew you would say that!

Ingrid: no worries!

Danielle: Good luck!

Lucy: thanks!

Toni: that's great! any of yours to share?

Theresa Mahoney said...

Great tips! I have been wanting to get more into Instagram lately. I only do like 1 photo every few days, but feel I would engage more with my followers if I posted more consistently.

Wendy cheng said...

Great tips! I was also told to use VSCO app, photo booth, or meitu on iPhone or Play store for photo styles that suits for feed!