Hashtag: get your social right
Take the perfect selfie and so. Much. More.
Are you an Insta addict? Suffer from an obsessive condition demanding you to IG your meal before you eat it? Next selfie Queen? Or maybe your cat’s so effing cute she simply needs her own Insta feed? Whatevz, boost your Instagram cred and post the perf Insta shot with these hot tips. You’re welcome.
Plan ahead, babes
The best feeds are well-planned and scheduled ahead of time. Blurry, drunken photos posted at 3am might seem cute at the time, but not so much in the land of “like” which usually falls around daylight. (Which, FYI, is a way better time to snap away).
Planning ahead turns your feed from a hot mess into a cohesive story. Chloe the Mini Frenchie is a gorg example.
A working girl needs a profesh Instagram feed. White background = chic. Repaint your walls for sophisticated selfies (or pet portraits) and buy a foam board to make homewares pop. Kim Kardashian gets it, and nails it obvs. We totally understand if you can't afford a backdrop of white roses, but...
Soggy snaps are hot property on IG. Submerge your camera and boost your Insta influence with a waterproof phone case.
Don’t forget to strap it on (the phone/camera that is) lest you prefer your holiday highlights resting at the bottom of the ocean than in the Cloud. Few Instagram influences do it better than Alicia Ward.
Avoid hashtag overload and paste them in the comment section rather than the caption. Keep up-to-date with trending hashtags and use only the most appropriate. Too many hashtags can mean social media suicide. @menswear dog has it down.
Light it up
Natural lighting is IG gold. Snap selfies in the wee hours of the morning, late afternoon or twilight. Margaret Zhang herself says, "Lighting is key. Like any form of photography, no amount of filtering or app-editing will save a photo that's poorly lit. Natural light always reads better, so if you're outdoors, early morning, late afternoon and overcast days are prime times for shooting."
Dappled light also works - this could be natural (under a tree) or artificial (street lights) light. It's like sprinkling diamonds on your Instagram feed.
The grid feature is a fave among architecture nerds (we're looking at you, @dankhole) and homewares whores. It gives photos a strong, centred, angular appeal.
Show your smarts
Short, snappy captions are on point. End with a question or open end that word count and watch the convo (and “Likes”) explode.
POI on point
An Insta snap without a point of interest is like a Kardashian without a reality show. It’s wrong on so many levels. Know your focus and highlight that bad boy. Case in point:
Colours and lines
Take note foodies: bold colours, defined shapes and interesting lines are essential ingredients to a fab Insta feed. Take cues from @girleatworld
Know your angles
It’s selfie-taking 101: work your best angles. As a self-respecting Instagtammer you’re probs aware of your best side, so flaunt it sister! Check Selina’s slight head tilt and smoking pout.
Perfect portrait mode
Is your insta feed one big landscape? Take it up a notch with Portrait mode. Eric Rubens, aka @erubes1, is a big fan: "Take advantage of the new portrait mode on Instagram to emphasise the length of a scene. Using this format can help you tell a story that a square crop might've prevented." Win!
Get all up in your cats grill for a prize-winning pet post. Dog, cat, fish, echidna it doesn’t matter. Make your pet a star and capture all those cray facials with a close-up.
Grab all your single ladies (or attached - whatevs) and strike. That. Pose.
By: Louise Smithers