How to: use Instagram - handy tips and tricks Part 3
For the last part of this guide I turned to the folks over at Instagram to ask them which tips and hints they wish they'd known when they took their first Instasteps. And, unsurprisingly, they were quick to share the Instalove.
Here are their words of Instawisdom.
find I take very different kinds of photos to my Flickr, Twit pics or Facebook photos. Something about a little window to
everyday life. The beauty in every day things etc.
My colleague and I
were out in London for a meeting together and noticed a change in
each other's behaviour since we were both on instagram - we were both
looking more - looking up, in shop windows etc. rather than rushing past
to get to our meeting. Not a tip as such, just a nice side effect of
being an addict!
always take photos using my normal camera rather than the in built
camera so I can choose how to crop based on how they come out.
Above: @carlsonator's birds take flight
Get involved with weekly challenges, or start your own! I like the @hipstaroll
one, where they suggest a different Hipstamatic film/lens combo every
week. It's a fun way to experiment and get out of your comfort zone, and
is great to do at the same time as lots of others so you can see what
else is possible, which can be inspiring.
I feel as if I am just leaving the time of Noobie. For me - the biggest "ah ha" moments would be - tagging my photos with single word descriptors and then click on my new hashtag and explore other pics with the same tag. I pay attention to their posts - if it is similar to mine- I look to see what tags they use. This builds my hash tag vocabulary.
If a posting "speaks"
to me, I explore the artist. If I like a picture, I also leave a
comment about their craft or capture - sharing why I clicked "like". This
begins a beautiful, mutually supportive connection that helps me refine
my craft - both online and off line.
I now look up with a new focus - and
I see my world through an artistic lens- and I get excited about
other's posts and about sharing what I have captured.
Above: @swoozie17 makes magical things.