Instagram is easily my favorite social media feed. Okay, to be honest, it's one of the only ones I use. I've tried Facebook (I have a personal account, but got rid of my blog's account), and I've tried Twitter, but find them tedious and not for me. But I love Instagram. I love taking photos, seeing other people's photos, and getting inspiration from beautiful images.
I thought it'd be fun to share some of my favorite Instagram techniques and tactics, and I'd love to hear yours too. Please share in the comments! And you can find me on Instagram @lisavalinsky.
Pay attention to photos you like on Instagram. Like food shots from above? (Guilty.) Like landscape shots? Like images of people? Take notice of the photos you like on Instagram to give you ideas of the types of photos you might want to take. I find I am definitely drawn to food photos, but I also love scrolling through feeds that have almost a catalog look to them.
Take more photos. When you go through your feed to find photos to share on Instagram, it's much more fun when you have lots of photos to choose from. Try taking shots from different angles, try cutting out different parts of a scene, and take a photo even if you don't think you'll necessarily share it...you never know.
Use natural light. I swear, photos look so much better when they're taken in the daylight and you make use of natural light. Either try taking more photos outside, or take photos by a window. It adds a punch that you just can't add back into dark photos, even with a filter. And remember: keep the sunlight behind you for the best image.
Find a photo editing app you love. I use InstaSize to keep my photos rectangular (I just haven't been feeling the square photos lately), and VSCOcam to adjust the image itself. They're both free apps that offer options to play around with color and light and filters. I know lots of people also use the filters on Instagram; they just released a bunch of new ones that I haven't had a chance to play around with yet.
Experiment with different filters. I especially love to play with the contrast and exposure. C1/Vibrant is my current favorite VSCO filter, but they have all different kinds. Play around with the filters on VSCO and Instagram to see which you like best.