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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

How to Instagram: How I Curate My Feed

 
Is Instagram just an app where you can point, shoot, and upload? Sure, that may be true to some extent, but if you want to make a name for yourself on that platform, you have to exert more effort into curating the perfect Instagram feed. Only then can you truly say that your feed is "goals".

So, how can you curate your perfect feed? Today, I'll teach you some of the tips I've learned after Instagramming for more than a year.

FIRST, you gotta commit to curating your feed. It takes time and honestly a bit of money to create the ideal feed. From going to Instagram-worthy places to investing in cameras and lighting equipment, creating your "perfect" Instagram feed isn't as easy as it seems. You have to be ready to spend time taking photos, editing, and scheduling posts.

Next, understand that you owe it to your audience to create aesthetically pleasing pictures. It's so easy to snap and upload on Instagram, which also makes it easy to take photos with poor composition. Think of your feed as your portfolio.

Now, on to the technical stuff.



Find the perfect app

Find a photo editing app that works for you. Some people use Lightroom, while others like VSCO. You have to find an app that you're comfortable with. I use Lightroom on PC. Practice how to edit so that each photo "blends" smoothly with the rest of the photos in your feed. You could create your own presets or download them online. But remember: not all presets work with every photo. You're going to have to learn to tweak them yourself.


Find your style

Find your style. Are your photos going to have warm, earthy tones, or would you rather have a black and white feed? Although it isn't necessary to find a theme, consistency in your photos creates a prettier feed.

Take your time taking photos

GOOD LIGHTING IS KEY. Unless you invest in powerful lighting equipment, find a spot where there's natural light. It makes all the difference. You should also take photos from different angles. Sure, the flatlay looks good, but try taking the photo from other angles, as well. You'll be surprised at how much better your subject looks when photographed from another angle.

Use the right equipment

Take photos according to the camera that you have. If you wanna show off the tiniest details of your new purse, but your phone just isn't capable of doing that, then it might be best to just place the purse against a white fur background and take the photo a few feet away. Work with what you have.
(If you're really serious about Instagram, then you should think about investing in a good camera)

Practice

For instance, you might want to practice creating flatlays. You have to study the distance between elements, the size of each item in the flatlay, and so much more. Flatlaying isn't just about placing things on a bed. If you practice, you'll become better over time.

If you wanna curate your feed, use the tips above, but honestly? There's no one-size-fits-all approach to Instagram. You'll develop your own style along the way. Create a feed that reflects your personality.

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