Hey everyone!! Welcome to the second day of Blogmas!! Today, I’m going to be sharing how I shoot and edit my Instagram photos!
In 2019, I’ve been making an effort to curate my Instagram feed: the beginning of this year was when I actually started trying to grow my instagram and make it something that I was proud of. I’ve almost doubled my account since the start of the year (just under 400 to almost 700, so shh not quite double but we’re almost there) and I’ve had a lot of fun while I was at it! I’m not confident enough in my skills to grow an Instagram to write a blogpost about it yet, but I’ll do some more research and experimenting in 2020 and hopefully do a post about that too!
Here’s my feed (@HanneasinHannah):
I try to make it a mixture of bookish and lifestyle (i.e., college), interspersing in bullet journaling, bible journaling, and art as I do it, which is not as often. So how do I do it? I have five steps that I go through to make my feed:
- look up inspiration
- take photos
- select and edit photos
- sort into a feed
For looking up inspiration, I base my method loosely off of Abbie’s method, (where she looks up photos that match her brand on Pinterest and curate a sample feed that she then matches) but with my own variation. Since my “brand” is basically just . . . bookish hygge, it’s easy to find photos and feeds that I can get inspiration from on Instagram. Obviously, Pinterest is helpful as well (I have a board on Pinterest that I use for Instagram inspo). Instead of having an idea of what feed I want to make before I take the photos though, I just take inspiration from the individual photos and curate them into a feed I like.
Next, taking the photos. I shoot my photos in bulk, and generally I take a day every couple of months just to shoot a bunch of photos all in a row. I prepare for shooting days by stockpiling all of the books/supplies/props I need, and looking up inspiration, like mentioned above. I don’t usually consciously stockpile books, but I do time my shoot days with days that I’ve gotten a particularly large library haul.
I shoot with a Nikon D3400 camera, but have also shot with a point and shoot. I don’t use my phone camera because it has really bad quality, but obviously you can use anything to take your photos with! I take photos on days with direct sunlight but with my blinds closed. (I have translucent blinds, so they let just the sunlight through but don’t cause shadows as badly)
After I’m done shooting my photos, I edit my photos by uploading them to VSCO (the desktop uploader is a LIFESAVER, btw, if you don’t already use it: 10/10 recommend). I play around with the different edit styles, but generally the formula I use is:
- +2.0 exposure
- +1.0 contrast
- +1.0 saturation
- +3.0 tint
- +12.0 HB2
Obviously, I adjust it more if there was something that was wonky, and I’ll play around with the white balance, highlights, shadows, and clarity if needed, but generally my formula works pretty well.