10 May 5 Tips to Improve Your Instagram Feed
We all want more Instagram followers, right? OK, well, even if you aren’t someone who’s obsessed with that count going up, simple Instagram tips can always come in handy; your followers might still love you if your feed is filled with blurry pictures, but they probably won’t complain about pretty photos either. Here are a few tips from us gals at Bloggerang:
1. LIGHT. IS. EVERYTHING
Like any photo, light is important. Always aim for natural light, and don’t try to force a photo that’s been taken at night if you can take the same photo in the morning when the sun is out. We can’t emphasize the importance of light enough. If you just HAVE to post a photo, and you want to make sure the light looks a little cooler (AKA less yellow), try using apps like VSCO or Snapseed to tone down the yellow light and make it look a little brighter. The best time to take photos is during sunset! Just head on to google and search your local sunset time.
2. Take a Lot Of Photos But Only Put Your Best Foot Forward
It’s easy to fall into the trap of taking too many photos (not a bad thing), but it’s just as easy to fall into the trap of sharing everything and anything you capture. Be sure to take plenty of photos, but only post those that you believe are your best work. Whether you’re capturing a moment or feeling like posting, be sure to tell a story with your instagram gallery whilst never oversharing.
3. Plan Your Photos.
This is something we only started doing a year ago and it’s great if you’re looking to create a more curated grid. We blame our photographer friends for getting us addicted to planning out our next few photos—it’s an obsession. However, like we mentioned before, we’re trying to allow ourselves to sometimes not be so picky about it so that we can also still be real and genuine and not too artsy. Us gals love that on some people’s feeds, but for our accounts, we like to have a mix. VSCO is great for uploading your photos and seeing them in a grid format. We use that for our personal feed. For Bloggerang, we use PLANOLY, which is awesome. We can plan ahead, schedule, write our captions and see analytics for our account. It’s really great when you have a social media team and want to work together.
When planning out photos in your grid, look for what appeals to your eye. For us, that means never repeating the same style photo too close to one another. You also don’t want it to feel too busy. So if you have a picture of flowers, maybe you wait until it’s out of sight before you post another one. Or maybe it’s that the next one you pick looks very different from the other one and it won’t matter, but for us, this is something we strive for when possible. This can be tricky when you have to post something for work or really want to post something that is time sensitive. Instagram is still meant to be fun, so don’t sweat it too much. Just post it. You can always delete it later if you want.
4. Choose an Instagram Aesthetic
You may have heard that your Instagram feed needs to have a certain theme to it: food, fashion, travel, etc. That doesn’t sound very fun though, does it? You shouldn’t have to limit yourself to only showcasing one part of your life in order to be successful on Instagram. Instead of choosing a theme for your Instagram, settle on a common aesthetic that weaves through all of your photos. Choosing an aesthetic gives you more freedom with your feed, because as long as your photo fits the “vibe” of your Instagram, you can post about pretty much anything!
5. Instagram Feed Inspiration Takes Time and Planning
If you really want to level up your Instagram feed, the best thing you can do is set aside time to spend on it. Long gone are the days when Instagram was actually “instant,” and these days it’s more efficient to work on your Instagram in chunks of time. Lots of popular Instagrammers will dedicate one or two days a week to shoot and edit content for their Instagram feeds, and then publish those photos throughout the week.
Fashion Instagrammer Claire Teixeira from @theworkinggirl will take one outfit and photograph it two or three different ways; as a flat lay, as a whole outfit, and then a detailed shot, for example. She then posts them over a span of several days, adding in an extra photo here or there.
Here at Bloggerang we will be hosting workshops so that we can help you improve even more so don’t forget to pre-register!