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My Top Instagram Tips…

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!

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