how to take instagram pictures

Over time, I have come to realize that being a blogger and being active on social media go hand-in-hand. I only recently started paying attention to my Instagram account. There are so many inspiring accounts on Instagram and sometimes I wonder why mine looks the way it does. More than once, I got inspired to work on my Instagram ‘career’ but also more than once, I just let that inspiration go because nobody has the time or money to spend on social media.

I have had this mindset for quite a while and basically been twiddling my thumbs instead of growing my brand. A friend recently told me “don’t see Instagram as just posting pictures, see it as a way of promoting your brand”. I was made to understand that as a blogger, your social media accounts should reflect your blog/brand. If they are not in sync then it gives the impression that you are either not serious or you don’t know what you are doing. In all honesty, it could be neither of the two but an impression (unknown to you) has been formed.

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Disclaimer: I am not an Instagram guru, not even close to that.

The aim of this post is to share what I have recently learnt with you guys. If you have everything figured out on your social media then this post is certainly not for you. But if you are like me and you are still trying to figure out what to do then continue reading. As I said earlier, it was just recently I decided enough was enough, I had to make sure my timeline was up to a certain standard (at least for me) because if you do not take yourself seriously why should you expect other people to take you seriously.

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These tips are for someone like me who is not a full time blogger (i.e we have other careers to pursue aka Instagram is not our only work), who wants to promote his/her brand on Instagram but on a budget (i.e we don’t have any spare money that we are not using), who gets inspired by other peoples page but have not figured out how to apply it to ourselves (i.e without doing copy copy), who is willing to put in work to achieve results, and has the patience to continue till the results start coming in.

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  1. Scout for locations: Abuja seems to be a camera-shy city. Cameras are not allowed in malls, supermarts, recreational centers, even some parks. I was in Central park just a few days ago; went there with a friend to take some pictures. We decided to start from the car park and work our way inside. To our surprise, one of the security guys told us he would seize our cameras because it’s not allowed to use your camera to take pictures. It’s a park for goodness sake, we just didn’t understand it. This is just one of the many encounters. Some places would allow you take pictures, but not with an actual camera, you have to use your phone. Others may let you take your pictures but you have to pay (P.S. and the amount is usually ridiculous). All these factors just make it more challenging to get good shots for the gram. To avoid all the hassle, you could try out street style photography. I mean, no one would stop you from taking pictures on the streets. Plus the streets are FREE, you don’t have to pay a dime to take pictures there.location
  2. Take quality pictures: if you have a point and shoot, mirrorless or DSLR camera for your pictures, that’s wonderful. if you have a powerful camera phone for your pictures that’s also wonderful. But if you don’t have any of these and you still want to create pictures for the ‘gram, then the least you could do (to help yourself) is ensure that your pictures are well aligned and focused.
  3. Take advantage of daylight: in this case I actually mean daylight and not particularly sunlight. Using the sunlight to take pictures is a hit or miss to me, there’s no middle ground. It’s either you are glowing and flawless or you look like a grease ball (oily face like the sun just fried you) or like somebody’s shadow (because you are not properly angled to get the best light).
  4. EDIT EDIT EDIT: this step is crucial! There are so many free editing apps out there that I feel it’s completely unnecessary for you to pay for an app (i.e at this point in time). It’s like instead of starting with the free video editor, you decide to go purchase one just because you think it’s better. Yes it might be better, but that’s beside the point, which is TO START WITH WHAT YOU HAVE. I must confess, I do very minimal editing but that’s a topic for another day.instgram edit
  5. Post regularly: You might think ‘what does this have to do with anything?’ Well, here’s the answer. Instagram has this algorithm they use to display your pictures on someone’s feed. I have noticed that the more pictures you post in a day, the more your posts would show up on people’s timeline. Ergo, the more views your posts get and if you are lucky enough, the more your followers.

That’s about it for today. I feel like I have more to write but let’s save that for another post.

Thanks for reading darlings

I hope you learnt a few from this post. You can check out my Instagram @lifestylebyjanet. I’m also on YouTube as LifestylebyJanet. Till the next post.

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