HOW TO: STEP UP YOUR INSTAGRAM GAME

6.29.2015

how to step up your instagram game

I am currently on a hiatus on Instagram because I've been nowhere but my room because I was sick for the last 4 days. I shoot my Instagram photos on my phone (Cherry Mobile Urban) or iPad most of the times, if not my point and shoot camera. If you want to know some tips on phone photography, read my blog post about it here. For this post, I am going to share some tips and tricks to step up your Instagram game and gain more likes and followers. 

SHOOT OUTSIDE THE IG CAMERA

The camera app that I always swear by and have used it religiously is the Google Camera because it lessens camera shake, makes the photo more crisper and focus better than the camera app that my phone came with. Also, if possible, use a point and shoot or DSLR camera if you want an ultra-HD photos haha.



EDIT/FILTER OUTSIDE THE IG APP

Even though IG's editing controls leveled-up, you have more control on the aesthetic vibes if you edit outside the IG app, I edit photos on either on Snapseed or VSCO. The only editing control I use on IG is Lux.  I also edit on PicsArt sometimes if I want to get rid of the unwanted bits or clutter on my photo especially on food and product shots using the clone tool. Do not use tilt-shift effect on your photos because it does not look natural at all. (click here to read my post about my favorite VSCO presets)


EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT FILTERS

I am not like other people who filters everything with only one type of filter. I purchased almost every filter on VSCO and I feel like I have to use every single filter at least once. I don't like using only one filter on every photo that I take because a single filter would not flatter every photo. If you want your feed to be as cohesive as possible, choose if you want a cooler tone feed or warmer tone feed. 

DO NOT FLOOD PHOTOS 

Post photos probably 3 times (max) per hour, use other photos for later or for throwbacks. Research finds that 5pm is the best time for you to upload your photos because more users engage more at that time. You can also use the Latergram app to schedule your posts.


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