Ever since I started posting (self-declared) better photos on Instagram, I have been flooded with questions like,
"What app do you use?"
"May I know how do you adjust your contrasts?"
"How do you make your photos so bright?"
"Which filter do you use in Vscocam?"
"How do you make your photos sharp?"
Although these questions generally mean no harm, it gets a little annoying sometimes having to repeat myself, which made me realize that I've never gotten down to providing a pictorial which will definitely make answering those questions much easier... So here I am today!
Summary of this entire entry in these few points:
- What app(s) I use for editing my Instagram photos
- Step-by-step of my usual 'procedure'
- Instagram Do's and Dont's (in my opinion)
For apps that I use to edit my photos that I post on Instagram, I usually stick to only VscoCam and Snapseed. I've listed some of the great and useful features of each app down below, as well as my favorite VscoCam filters (or what they call presets).
Likewise for editing, of course, I stick to using the two apps I mentioned earlier. My editing steps are pretty much straightforward and simple, thus quite easy to comprehend, though I'm not too sure if the pictorial I've provided is simple enough.
P/S: Good things are meant to be shared! Do share with me your new edits if you've followed this "How to edit" tutorial! Tag me / send me your username on my Ask.fm, I'll visit all of your feed!
That's about it for my favorite photo-editing apps and how I usually edit my photos. As for Instagram Do's and Dont's which I'll be writing about below, they are my personal opinions from what I've experienced, so take it.... or leave it!!
• Don't do / ask for SFS (acronym for Shoutout-For-Shoutout).
SFS is basically done when you post a photo from someone else's account and EXPECT one in return. It's kind of like an 'exchange of advertising' of your accounts, so as to gain more followers. It's true that SFS usually gains you at least >10 followers, but what's the point of gaining ghost followers who only follow for the sake of it?
• Don't steal nor copy.
In fact, not only on Instagram but other platforms as well. It is okay to be inspired, but it is not okay to post 90% similar photos of the same object, same angle, same color scheme, everything. Neither is it okay to just pass someone's photo as your own. It's not nice.
• Don't relate follower count to likes on each photo.
Follower count ≠ number of likes on each photo ≠ how popular you are. For example, someone may have 30k followers, but probably only 1500-1800 likes for each photo they post. On average, a person with true followers should have likes on each photo that equates to 10% of their follower count. This means that if you've about 31k followers, you should have between 2600-3100 likes on each photo. To find out if someone's followers are real and not ghost followers, just check if their likes are about 8-10% of their follower count. These people probably got ghost followers through SFS.
• Don't spam a paragraph of hashtags when you post photos.
#love #starbucks #cute #ig #vscophile #bestoftheundiscovered — What's your point? Love, I don't see any in the photo. Starbucks, where? Best of the undiscovered, really? Fame-thirsty, definitely.
Followers are just numbers. At the end of the day, Instagram is just an app — it doesn't determine your life nor your future. Just be yourself and do what you love! With that said, here's a list of what (I feel) you should do on Instagram.
• Do leave genuine comments on photos you like.
By genuine, it means that you honestly enjoyed the particular photo, or you find that it was a very nice shot. You'll never know how much a short sentence of yours can make someone's day!
• Do post interesting photos.
While interesting is subjective, a photo of a scenery > a photo of your math problem that you can't solve.
• Do be sociable.
Engage in conversations on particular topics that someone may have posted about, maybe? Then again, conversations don't mean "What time are we meeting, at where?" Don't bring your personal life into a long conversation on Instagram (or any other social media platform actually). You may not know who's reading it or stalking you that very second.
• Do enjoy yourself.
Don't do things just to please people. Just enjoy yourself by taking pictures of what you do and what you love. ☺
This concludes my entry! Hope it was beneficial to some of you. I know I might not have answered all your queries at once, and may have missed some important points. If you have any queries that I've not answered in this entry, do let me know on my Ask — ask.fm/brenwho