I’m sure we’ve all had times where we’ve scrolled through the Instagram feeds of successful bloggers and wondered how the heck do they take such good pictures? As it turns out- if you’ve got a keen eye for detail and with the help of a few handy hints you can have an enviable Instagram easy peasy.
1. Stick to a theme
Having a nice put together feed is key to improving your Instagram game. If you’re wanting a good core audience then you need to keep your posts in line with that. For example- take photographs of fitness and health related things or fashion or travel. Picking a colour scheme can also really help with the aesthetic of your theme. Pastel colours are always super cute.
2. Try not to over-post
The general rule to this seems to be post once a day. You don’t want to bombard your followers with posts. While at the same time if you post very infrequently people will lose interest. So once a day seems to be best.
3. Use a few popular hashtags
The use of hashtags is a great way to get your images seen by more people. Here’s a list of the most popular hashtags right now. Adding one or two of the most popular ones will definitely help you get more likes.
4. Post at peak times
Since you’re posting once a day it’s best to do this at times when your friends and followers are also online. Usually the peak time seems to be in the evening around 7pm although 5pm can also be good.
5. Lighting is key
When you’re doing any form of photography lighting is very important. Images that are over or under exposed don’t look good and while you can use editing apps to an extent if you’ve taken a photo in bad light it won’t be a good photo. The best time to take photos is in the “golden hour” an hour before sunset. There’s also the “blue hour” which is an hour before sunrise which is good if you’re someone who can get up early.
6. Editing apps
There are some great apps out there for editing your pics. Using filters and changing the brightness, contrast and saturation can help take your images to the next level. A few staple must-haves include- vsco cam, snap seed, facetune and Instagram Boomerang.