Instagram Tips What Olivia Did
Okay, so let's tackle this first; there is no right way of using Instagram (this is a tips post, not a rules post guys). To be honest, it's really just a bit of fun, but when you work online and social meeeeja than sometimes it's important to take it a teeny weeny bit more seriously than just photos from your night out-out and your wonderfully bronzed hot dog legs. I am by no means an expert of how to use any social platform, but after receiving a few questions, thought I'd pop a little post together with some of my favourite go-to tips and tricks for this handy little photo sharing site...


All about the apps...

Whilst I don't use any of Instagrams own filters (not that there's anything wrong with them)- I am a big advocate of using apps to edit your snaps before you hit publish. My absolute go-to app is VSCO cam, as I feel it can do pretty much everything I need- from changing exposure, shadows and contrast to adding filters and cropping in. It also allows you to view your 'grid', so you can organise your gallery and layout and see what you fancy uploading and when (if you're that way inclined OFC). Other apps I also love are Afterlight, A Beautiful Mess and Snapseed.

Instagram Tips What Olivia Did

Get arty with backgrounds...

When I'm snapping a still life picture, one of my main points of consideration is the background. I tend to opt for something softer and brighter behind my subject, so playing around with what's going on behind is always important. Whether that means whipping out a wallpaper sample (guilty- I don't have several beautiful white washed wooden tables), white tea towel or even tray- it's always fun to style things up a little and create something a little more interesting.


Don't be afraid of the candid snap...

Although it's great to have a really concise, themed Instagram, I think I often worry about it a little too much and forget that, hey, it is ok to throw some candid snaps in there too! I think personality is really important with something like an Instagram feed (if you want to get totes deep), so uploading a pic of you and your pals probably won't be the be all and end all (even if it doesn't get quite as many likes as that breakfast bowl you had this morning), but it's always nice to combine the two, especially if you use it for both business and pleasure...

Instagram Tips What Olivia Did
Hit up that natural light...

Whether you're snapping on your phone, camera or anything else- natural light is always favourable for a crisp, clear shot than anything artificial. Whether you're snapping a #selfie, showing off your latest pot of cleansing balm or some fresh blooms- some natural sunlight in front of a window usually goes down a treat. Saying that- if anyone has any tips on making indoor lighting work well- please let me know!


Flat lays and composition...

Although it's tempting to snap everything from a birds eye view (dinner does usually look tastiest this way), it's also fun to meddle things about a little and try some other 'jaunty' angles (lol) for when snapping- you'd be surprised at how a quickly an image can change if you play around with the positioning a bit! Take a few shots too, it's ok to play around with positioning and using up 30 snaps in the process- just don't keep your friends waiting to eat ; )


Share, share, share...

Although I'm definitely still working on the best way to grow your traffic on the platform, uploading regularly (I tend to go for 3-5 times a day) and sharing your posts across Twitter and Facebook is pretty important to keep people clicking. On top of that, publishing Instagrams when new blog posts appear is also great, as quite a lot of the time- that's how I spot them myself! Also using sites like Iconosquare to track the best posting times can be helpful too.

I'd love to hear your tips for getting gram-happy! Sharing is caring!


x
Instagram Tips What Olivia Did
Okay, so let's tackle this first; there is no right way of using Instagram (this is a tips post, not a rules post guys). To be honest, it's really just a bit of fun, but when you work online and social meeeeja than sometimes it's important to take it a teeny weeny bit more seriously than just photos from your night out-out and your wonderfully bronzed hot dog legs. I am by no means an expert of how to use any social platform, but after receiving a few questions, thought I'd pop a little post together with some of my favourite go-to tips and tricks for this handy little photo sharing site...


All about the apps...

Whilst I don't use any of Instagrams own filters (not that there's anything wrong with them)- I am a big advocate of using apps to edit your snaps before you hit publish. My absolute go-to app is VSCO cam, as I feel it can do pretty much everything I need- from changing exposure, shadows and contrast to adding filters and cropping in. It also allows you to view your 'grid', so you can organise your gallery and layout and see what you fancy uploading and when (if you're that way inclined OFC). Other apps I also love are Afterlight, A Beautiful Mess and Snapseed.

Instagram Tips What Olivia Did

Get arty with backgrounds...

When I'm snapping a still life picture, one of my main points of consideration is the background. I tend to opt for something softer and brighter behind my subject, so playing around with what's going on behind is always important. Whether that means whipping out a wallpaper sample (guilty- I don't have several beautiful white washed wooden tables), white tea towel or even tray- it's always fun to style things up a little and create something a little more interesting.


Don't be afraid of the candid snap...

Although it's great to have a really concise, themed Instagram, I think I often worry about it a little too much and forget that, hey, it is ok to throw some candid snaps in there too! I think personality is really important with something like an Instagram feed (if you want to get totes deep), so uploading a pic of you and your pals probably won't be the be all and end all (even if it doesn't get quite as many likes as that breakfast bowl you had this morning), but it's always nice to combine the two, especially if you use it for both business and pleasure...

Instagram Tips What Olivia Did
Hit up that natural light...

Whether you're snapping on your phone, camera or anything else- natural light is always favourable for a crisp, clear shot than anything artificial. Whether you're snapping a #selfie, showing off your latest pot of cleansing balm or some fresh blooms- some natural sunlight in front of a window usually goes down a treat. Saying that- if anyone has any tips on making indoor lighting work well- please let me know!


Flat lays and composition...

Although it's tempting to snap everything from a birds eye view (dinner does usually look tastiest this way), it's also fun to meddle things about a little and try some other 'jaunty' angles (lol) for when snapping- you'd be surprised at how a quickly an image can change if you play around with the positioning a bit! Take a few shots too, it's ok to play around with positioning and using up 30 snaps in the process- just don't keep your friends waiting to eat ; )


Share, share, share...

Although I'm definitely still working on the best way to grow your traffic on the platform, uploading regularly (I tend to go for 3-5 times a day) and sharing your posts across Twitter and Facebook is pretty important to keep people clicking. On top of that, publishing Instagrams when new blog posts appear is also great, as quite a lot of the time- that's how I spot them myself! Also using sites like Iconosquare to track the best posting times can be helpful too.

I'd love to hear your tips for getting gram-happy! Sharing is caring!


x

43 comments:

  1. I always think I'm over posting haha friends will always comment if I've posted too often hahah I think though how my posts have been lately have been quite nice and I enjoy stalking my recent photos hahah Em xx

    http://edoublemamurray.blogspot.com.au/

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  2. You can genuinely make anything look good in an instagram and that is talent Liv.

    fashionablyunknown.com

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  3. Great tips Olivia! Thanks for sharing :)

    VioletDaffodils
    xx

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  4. These tips are fantastic. I think with Instagram you are constantly learning what makes a good photo. A lot of these tips are what I apply to my instagram and blog too.
    Bee x
    QueenBeady.com

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  5. These are great tips, and I definitely appreciate that this wasn't written in the "you MUST do this" tone that have been sweeping blogs by storm recently!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  6. I definitely think regular posting helps so much, and since I started being more 'themed' (i.e very clean, blue details and lots of food!) I've seen my followers grow - I know it's not all about themes, but making your version on what is current helps you capture beautiful images!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  7. These are lovely tips! I always always always go for natural light if it's possible, but am always struggling with finding nice backgrounds to shoot on. Thanks so much for sharing, Olivia! Xx

    THOUGHTS IN TIFFANY BLUE

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  8. I'm such an instagram addict heheh thanks for the tips :)

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

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  9. Great tips. I love VSCOcam too its by far my favourite app and so easy to use. x

    http://whatisinherwardrobe.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. Amazing tips. Where is that sample from? I have been trying to improve my Instagram lately x

    www.pintsizedbeauty.com

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  11. Thankyou, such great ideas and tips, VSCO cam is my absolute favourite, instagram is my favourite form of social media :)

    xx

    www.erbarnes.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Great tips! I do love a good candid snap, but I'll be sure to pay more attention to the backgrounds now!

    x
    https://siobhanrothwell.wordpress.com/

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  13. I'm a big fan of VSCO cam too, i'd love to post more but can find I never have enough interesting photos to post daily. Do you 'save' up photos for quieter days?

    Luxxmint

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  14. I love blog posts like these! This was very useful :) x

    chapter-fifty-nine.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Great tips - I always like to see a candid snap in the midst of lots of other pretty well thought out pictures :)

    Beth x
    Bethany Georgina

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  16. These were some amazing tips and thanks for sharing as I love reading to see how others do it.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  17. Lovely tips, VSCO cam seems to be everyones favourite insta app and it is definitely mine! I've been using it for the past 3 years and it has never failed to impress!

    Infinity Of Fashion// Lucy Jane

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  18. Great tips! I love experimenting with Afterlight!

    Sara - She Who Is Short

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  19. Thanks for the tips! So helpful.
    Love,
    Chloé
    www.cheriechloe.com

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  20. I always use cards/books that have pretty prints or light colours on them as my background :)
    https://cherieedle.blogspot.com/

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  21. These are so helpful! Thank you
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  22. Instagram and I have such a love-hate relationship - I feel like followers go up and down on a daily basis and TOYING WITH MY EMOTIONS. Bloody flat-lays. Sophie xxx
    www.fashionnomads.com

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  23. Olivia where did you get your jeans that you're wearing in the top pic? :)

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    1. They're these ones! http://bit.ly/1GaXgT1 xx

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  24. Oh I love Instagram so much. You're page is very inspirational to me too. I agree with a lot of these tips. I need to check out the editing apps.
    Emma Xx

    www.emmaslookingglass.com

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  25. Liv! I would never have guessed that those beautiful white wood backgrounds weren't some floor/table in your house!! I'm going to be on the hunt for some wallpaper samples now!

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  26. I love VSCO app its the best for taking photos :)


    http://www.champagne-lifestyle.com/

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  27. These are fab tips, especially about using a wallpaper sample or tea towel for a background (I too sadly don't own any beautiful white wash tables lol!). Really useful post - thank you! :)

    Gabby xo

    Blog - What She Buys / Instagram / Twitter

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  28. Getting good lighting is the most grueling part of it! And haha it never occurred to me to use wallpaper samples, but I'll definitely be trying that out :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  29. I'm really trying to up my Instagram game at the moment so these are really useful tips! I love your instagram xx

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  30. Wonderful tips, Liv! I do love that every person's Instagram is unique in their own way and their feed says a lot about who are they are and what they love. Afterlight is my go-to editing app, it's wonderfully simply to use and has so many great tools. I do love VSCO Cam but I feel its main selling point are the filters, of which there's a limited range. The general design of the app is nice but not as user-friendly as Afterlight is in my opinion.

    With love ♥︎ » Paris by Friday

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  31. Great tips! I think an aesthetically pleasing instagram complements a blog well and I definitely need to up my game on there! xx
    alicekatex ♥

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  32. Thank you so much for these tips - wallpaper samples in particular!!! ha, going to get me some of those stat ;) Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea's Passions

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  33. Brilliant tips - thank you for sharing! Actually slightly shocked that the white-washed wood that I see in so many of your photos is wallpaper! Genius :)

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  34. A very interesting read, thank you for sharing!

    Laura / Middle of Adventure

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  35. Great tips!!

    http://simpleplaintruth.blogspot.co.uk

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  36. Thanks for the post, Liv! I always wonder how you find the prettiest background, now I know that they're a little wallpaper cheat. A great tip!
    -P.
    My blog: BOWTIE DIARY

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  37. Great overview - like the idea of VSCO! Think I will try this...
    Christina ♥ https://caliope.name

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