Tricks for a better Instagram

Take, edit, publish

photography: Alberto Mezzo

location: Malta

 

 

We all love Instagram and nowadays it’s a sort of diary where everyone shares their favourite moments spent with friends and family or which many people use as a real portfolio. If you follow me on Instagram (@ele_withlove) you already know I’m a huge fan of this social and I personally think it’s one of the nicest inventions of recent years. I don’t use it just to post photos but I principally consider Instagram a huge tool to use when you need inspiration, to discover new places and people.

Honestly I’m really glad people has started getting interested in the world of photography because of it. As a consequence, a lot of Instagram feeds are masterpieces, photos are more than professional and shots are reposted by 10000 people all over the world. And not to mention new jobs were born because of Instagram, from the fashion bloggers to the influencers. Now a lot of people have the chance to find a job directly online, start working at home or, in the case of photographers and influencers, never stop booking flight tickets with every kind of destination, and be paid to post even only a single photo. Anyways, since I’ve mentioned Instagram’s becoming quite fundamental in our lives, here you will find not only some tips which will help you have a better Instagram gallery but also some new ways to treat it like a real diary not just publishing photos. As always I hope you like this post and link your Instagram feeds in the comments so I can take a look at them!

Rely on a preview

Ok, probably some of you think this is weird but trust me, this is really helpful. If you are one of those people who really take care of their Instagram account, you’re gonna find this trick interesting. It’s always difficult to organise the photos on the Instagram feed when you want it to be clean and to look like a real collection of awesome photos. You have to order them by colour, subject, etcetera. This is why I always post my photos on another account before to post publicly on my official account. In this way I can always know what picture to post day by day. You just have to create a private account for it and use it as your real one to see a little preview, like it was the “behind the scenes” of your official Instagram. Believe me or not but this is sooo helpful. 

 

 

 

 

Build your own style

This is probably the hardest thing to do on Instagram. Build our own style isn’t so easy, we have to decide the filter, the brightness and the subject of our photos. And not to mention when we are sure we’ve found the perfect style after hours and hours of long research, we come across a stranger’s gallery and we realise his filter is better than ours. So, to avoid this issue, I’ll mention some of the best apps which may help you improve your shots.

VSCO

Adobe Photoshop Express

Snapseed

Darkroom

Save your next destinations

You know when you’re scrolling the homepage up and you come across a beautiful photo taken in a cute cafe in the centre of Paris or on the top of a skyscraper you had never seen before? If you understand this, save it and set it as your new goal. Pick all your favourite photos of cafes, shops, items and put them together by city where they’re located or kind of shop. For example, you can create one collection for every city you like or pick all your favourite photos of restaurants and bring them together in a single collection. 

And, if you love fashion, create your own wishlist with your collections, each one called by the name of the item, for example “bags”, “shoes”, “swimwear”, and so on. In this way everything will be tidy and so much easier to find things.

 

Your Instagram is a magazine

This is my motto. In fact the trick is to take a magazine (I suggest Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar) and flip through it. Your target is to be a sort of editor, to transform your Instagram feed in an actual magazine, with every photo related to the other. If you have a blog, you can be sure this motto is so helpful too.

 

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20 Comments

  1. Leta
    agosto 16, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    I love VSCO, it’s perfect for photo editing. Also, I used to use Preview app to show me how my feed would look like which was very handy. By the way, thanks for an amazing idea of those collections. I used to think that it’s such a useless feature but now I’m actually considering trying this out! x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • agosto 16, 2017 / 7:07 pm

      Thanks for the suggestions! I have to take a look at this app, it sounds perfect for my needs!

  2. agosto 18, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    I don’t think I have the patience to commit to a theme haha always commend people who do though! Your insta is lovely and that’s a fab tip about saving a fashion wishlist. Your top is so pretty too! x

    What Josie Did Next

  3. agosto 22, 2017 / 2:53 am

    I love this post so much! So inspiring! I’m sort of new to blogging/Instagramming/social media-ing and all of that so I’m struggling to find my “style” or my “aesthetic”. But I guess I should just be patient with it and keep playing around!

    P.S. gave you a follow on IG! <3

    Nicole / http://www.nicolegramcko.com

  4. agosto 25, 2017 / 9:50 am

    I also agree that Instagram is like a magazine to, especially to us, the bloggers. We really need to make sure what we’re going to focus with so our followers will not confuse with our feeds and we can keep maintaining our work. Nice tips anyway! <3

    xoxo,
    |CHELSHEAFLO|

    http://www.chelsheaflo.com

  5. agosto 27, 2017 / 12:31 am

    Amazing! I love your tips and am happy such thing like intagram exists because it’s so much fun and it can make any person’s dreams come true. Plus, you can get inspired and connect with so many people.

    http://www.fashionradi.com

  6. agosto 29, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    Such a great post, I love the tip about treating instagram as a magazine. I find the ‘copy edits’ feature in VSCO so helpful in creating a consistent aesthetic. I’ve just created a new one so trying it out at the moment.

    Lauren x – bylaurenjane

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