Instagram is a perfect platform: get it right and the colours all match and the photos look great and it’s really satisfying to browse someones well put-together feed.
Instagram in the blogging community is a big deal and after posting my first couple of pictures on my newly set up profile, I got what you could call stage fright for a number of reasons.
Picking the right pictures
Aesthetic. That’s the word I’d use to describe Instagram, at least in the blogging community. Pictures are beautiful scenery, or a fabulous outfits, or a really well-planned flat lay and they all sew together to create a cohesive story, if you like. It’s not as spontaneous as simply taking a picture and instantly uploading it (which I believe was the whole reason it was created). I’ve found myself posting photos and then re-uploading them to my drafts in the app so I can see how well they fit together. If the picture doesn’t fit in with the sequence then I won’t post it.
Choosing the right editing software
Once you picked the right picture, you have to find the editing software that works best for you. I’ve tried so many, and to be honest, I still can’t decide which one I prefer to use. VSCO is what I’ve always used for my personal Instagram – I wasn’t really all that invested in fancy photos (they are mostly of my face anyway) and I loved the simplicity of clicking a pre-stored filter and applying it in a matter of minutes. But as I’ve educated myself a bit more in the likes of Adobe Lightroom, I’ve started trying out a few more. I like Lightroom, but I think for me I haven’t completely gotten the hang of it.
For me, what editing program I use depends on the photo. I tend to dabble in Snapseed if I’m trying to brush up a selfie and if I’m doing more of a scenery photo, I’ll play around with Afterlight. They both do pretty much the same job so I don’t know why I have photo types for each…
If, like the picture, the edit I’ve done doesn’t fit, I won’t post the picture.
The colours are beautiful and in my editing process, I wasn’t really thinking about the bigger picture so I upped the saturation and made the reds and oranges and yellows stand out. I tried to edit a photo of me and my boyfriend to fit the high saturation and it made us look extremely unwell, because the thing about reds, oranges and yellows is they affect your skin tone when you edit them.
So now I’m left trying to find a picture that contains similar colours to follow what I think looks pretty aesthetically pleasing and I’m stuck. Short of becoming a dedicated tree Instagram, I don’t know where to go from here.
I bit the bullet and posted a photo that I felt didn’t fit the theme but I still don’t know where to go. Basically, my Instagram is a mess but I’m working on it…
Comparing yourself with others
It doesn’t help that so many people in the blogging community have already got it right. They’ve been around for much longer than I have, and probably in a time where there wasn’t as much pressure to get Instagram right, so they’ve had time to find what works for them and build it up. Nevertheless, there are so many incredibly beautiful Instagram feeds out there, likes these ones:
Obviously, they were where I am at one point, but it’s hard not to compare what you’re trying to do with what they’ve already achieved.
I went on a splurge blogger follow spree when I set up my Instagram so I’ve seen so many different takes on what works and what looks good and what I want to achieve.
Instagram is a slow build social media platform – you don’t really go in and post numerous times a day like you would on twitter so the results are slow.
Do you feel the same way about Instagram? Or do you have any tips you can share to help combat the insta-fear?