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Inspired partly by Suzie's recent post and by the photography situation that always arises when Winnie, Kristabel and I meet up to dine, I thought I'd share my Instagram tips and tricks and what I use on my own squared-off snaps.

Camera
By now, it's no secret at all that I'm a camera app obsessive. In fact, I probably need to be surgically removed from my phone at any one time. You can see my favourite camera apps here if you're interested. At the moment, my cameras of choice for Instagram are LINE Camera (download for Android/Apple) and VSCO. I shoot, save it to my Gallery and crop at a later stage.

Additionally, having a full-time job means I don't have time to take many photos in the week. Shoot, edit and save photos for #latergram use!

NB: I'm an Google Nexus 5 girl!

Filter/#NoFilter?
I veered away from Instagram's filters way back in, like, November sometime last year. LINE Camera comes with a plethora of effects that I love to use, my favourite being White Cat, Latte and Evergreen. There are more options and is much more flexibility too. Additionally, VSCO is great for an arty option with more filters than you can shake a stick at. I really like Jade, Carrie and Lina's use of alternative filters.

In conclusion: no Instagram filter, but yes, I do add a variant of an effect...

Composition
One of the things that sets a good Instagram feed aside from another is composition. This is the term used for how objects and subjects are laid out in the photo. I think it often makes the world of difference to have a nicely aligned, non-wonky photo. Some of my favourites include:
  • Aerial: Get directly above your subject for a birds' eye view. I like this for food or impromptu hauls. Also, LINE Camera has an on-screen balance feature that helps make sure you have a perfect shot.
  • Eye-line: A nice straight cut photo works wonders. I like diagonal lines down streets, some foliage (branches and flowers to you and I) and straight edges.
  • Depth of field: Holding something close to the camera lens and putting the focus on that is a good call. I think it adds a real element when you can see someone's hand in the snap too. Depth of field is all about creating a blurred background by focusing on one subject.
  • Repetition: A top tip that I learnt from Kristabel is to repeat colours, prints and objects for an interesting set-up. You know, shop style.
  • Where I Stood: #fromwhereistand is a popular term and hashtag at the moment, simply point down to where you're standing. Good for cool floors and fun shoes.
You can then change the angle of your photo within Instagram. The grid function makes it easier than ever to straighten out photos (particularly good for those sunset and landscape photos that I'm a sucker for!).

Instagrammers with a particularly good eye for composition include Shini, Katy and Winnie.

Captions
Once I've taken my photo, added a filter and realigned it in Instagram, adding a caption is one of my favourite parts. I'm all about a thinly-veiled pun, joke or phrase nowadays. Scrolling through Instagram and reading a witty caption - some of my favourites are always, always Kate and Jazzabelle puts a smile on my face.

Variety
Variety is the spice of life and all that. As bloggers and frequent social media peeps, we probably get a bit one-minded with our Instagram feeds and 'content'. Sure, I'm a fashion blogger but I also love posting food snaps, pretty sights that I've seen, take part in #ThrowbackThursday and other little snippets. Mix it up and show off your personality! My go-tos for feeds with flavour include Kristabel, Liv and Natasha.

Tagging
Finally, as a sidenote, when I remember to, I like to tag my Instagram photos with my fellow bloggers, brands included, etc. Make full use of being online by sharing what you're wearing with both the brand and your follower. I started seeing this on Lily and Ingrid's Instagrams first.
How do you snap your Instagram photos? Any tips to share? Also, pop your Instagram username below and I'll check out yours! I'm @winyeemichelle.

18 comments

  1. I definitely need posts like this! My instagram is underused and as my snapping skills go... I have some work to do! I'm with you on the admiration of Winnie and Jazmine's instas, and definitely going to check out the others that you've linked! Thanks for the tips, Michelle :)

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    1. I've become SUCH an Instagram addict this month, seriously obsessed. Thanks for the lovely, lovely words as always Deenie!

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  2. I'm pretty lazy when it comes to editing my photos, either slap an instagram filter or go no filter. @jcupcake :)

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    1. I just love fiddling around with my camera and photo editing apps!

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  3. I love this post, your instagram is one of my favourites!

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    1. Thank you Hayley! As is yours for me - those cats ;)

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  4. Thanks for the shoutout! :) VSCO cam is defo one of my faves but like you, I'm partial to latergram-ing (just sneakily without using the hashtag hehe). If it's a nice weather/lighting day then I'm going to take advantage just in case there's a lull in interesting stuff I do/buy in the next few days.

    Jade | The Jade Aesthetic

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    1. Oh you're welcome Jade! Haha sneaky sneaky ;) I always pop the latergram hashtag on to avoid confusion, I'm sure my real life friends think I lead a double life! I've begun doing that but need to up my game and do it more! x

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  5. Great tips - I love VSCO cam but laziness makes me usually just use the Instagram filters, must try harder! x

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    1. I'm not even ashamed to admit I spent 45 minutes on VSCO on Saturday morning. Yeah I went there ;)

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  6. I really like this, I do feel that they should install an easier way to delete pictures. The filters are also a bit :/ yeah I agree. So addictive though, I do sometimes wish I had a feed like Gary Pepper or someone, but Birms isn't as beautiful as...the whole world. Sighhh. Deffo agree with Visco and the layout of this post is amazing!! xxxx

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    1. Ow thanks Gem! Oh gosh yes, there's plenty of options and settings they could add. And there's so much scope for new filters. Haha it's as beautiful as you want it to be Gem (: let's plan a little trip solely for the snaps ;) xxxx

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  7. Cool post, I'm an instagram-obsessive so it's always good to know what other people are using.

    franleanne.blogspot.co.uk

    x

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    1. Thanks Fran! My obsession has gone mental this month, seriously addicted.

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  8. So handy to know! Thanks for the mention too chick ; ) xxx

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  9. I think Instagram has become a bit of an obsession - I can spend so much time editing (main aim is to brighten the images using Snapseed/VSCO) but I love it. I take so many photos and quite prone to sending the odd latergram, mostly because I wouldn't want to spam people's feeds! Thanks for the mention too lovely - can't wait to see you at the end of the month where I'll no doubt be snapping away at Sketch of our afternoon tea! Woop!

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    1. Definitely - editing photos has always been a fun little love/hobby of mine. I might just have to download Snapseed and see what the fuss is about! Think I need to get on the latergram bandwagon - I seem to spam up my own feed as of late :P

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