My first break out session at BlogHer was called Photo | Presentation: Find Your Instagram Style / Roundtable: A Thousand Words. I loved it!
The first thing I learned is that some people are really good at Instagram. Most of the excellent IG-ers are probably professional photographers, but the speakers really made it seem like any of us could use these simple tips to improve our Instagram accounts. I wanted to share with you what I took away from this session.
1. I’m really glad Instagram branched out to non-iPhone users such as myself. I love Instagram.
2. Download some cool apps
like Snapseed, PicFX, PhotoFX and Phoster. Snapseed is the one I’ve started playing around with.
3. Mind the Grid.
I didn’t know that was important at all, but the presenter made the great point that *that* is what people see when they go to your profile. You can make it impressive. Here’s my grid. It is not currently a good example of minding my grid, but here it is anyway:
4. Make your photos STAND OUT!
– Canonical Perspective (slightly raised, slightly tilted) & the Rule of Thirds
– Strong Lines and Leading Lines
– Strong Contrast
– Faces: Faces trump everything else!
5. General Photography Tips:
Play with shadows, negative space, texture, perspective, height, details. Keep a simple color palette. “Always be shooting.” Connect with other photographers and model for each other; practice together. Pay attention to light and have people pose. Think about your composition.
What do you think of my cool Snapseed pics??
** For the picture with Lovey, I used an app called PhotoGrid which I actually had before BlogHer and really love.
What are YOUR Instagram Tips and Tricks?!
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