Welcome to my first Instagram related blog post. I’m fairly new to blogging so please bare with me.
I have a lot of people asking me how I Instagram so here is my answer. “Instagramming” can be done in many different ways. Business, Personal, Promotional, Etc Etc.
I use my Instagram for all of those things. “How?” You ask? Well I upload personal photos as well as promotional photos for business who pay me or give me free things to promote, but that’s for another blog.
Today I’m focusing on how I go from taking the photo, to uploading it to my account. (Which is @beccabutcherx by the way if you want to follow me) So I’m going to break it down for you guys.
Please keep in mind that this is my current theme and process, it may change in the future.
STEP 1: Taking the photo!
My current theme is a white / bright background. So I have to find places, objects or sheets that are white!
(Which is a lot more difficult than it sounds)
Once I’ve found my background, I put the item that I’m promoting in front of it, or lay it on top of it.
I then take the photo with whatever camera I have closest to me at the time (usually my iPhone5s)
I do plan on buying a good camera for my pictures once I have the money!
STEP 2: Editing the photo!
Once I have the photo that I want, I use the Instagram app to brighten it.
I don’t usually go more than 50% higher with the brightening / highlight tool.
(PRO TIP: If you want to upload a photo to Instagram JUST to edit it then plan on deleting it straight after and don’t want anyone to see the photo, turn your phone onto airplane mode. That way it’s saved to your camera roll once you click “upload” and you can delete it from the app without it ever actually being posted. Then turn off airplane mode once you’re done)
I want it to be something that would make someone say “wow, this is enjoyable to look at and isn’t too harsh on my eyes”
(Although nobody ever says that)
It has to fit in with my current theme so I make the background as light as possible using the app FaceTune2.
I use the Glow tool to make the background brighter.
I use the whitening tool (originally made to brighten teeth) to make the background white if it isn’t already.
I use the Vibrance tool to make the original colours of the item or subject stand out more.
And finally I use the details tool to sharpen the small details of the image.
STEP 4: Last edit
Finally once all of that is done, I sometimes use a filter on the app ColorStory. This isn’t something I do all the time and I never use the filter to its full strength, maybe only to 1-3% just to brighten the photo a bit more again. 99.9% of the time I use the filter “Everyday”!
Once my photo is completely edited and I’m happy with the outcome I use an app called Snug to see if my photo will look good with the rest of my photos or if it will fit my theme. Then I pre-plan my photo description and hashtags days in advance so that I can easily copy and paste them across when I’m ready.
I pre-plan everything. I’m ever pre planning this blog post right now!
If there is anything else you want me to blog about, please feel free to comment and let me know!
Thank You for taking the time to read this and I hope that I’ll get the hang of this blogging thing soon!
Best wishes ~ Becca x