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Ever since the middle of July, I have been inspired to completely transform my Instagram feed. Not only the feed in which I see all the photos from the people I follow, but my own personal feed or account, whichever you wish to call it. Before I was just taking pictures and selfies and posting them for all my followers/friends to see, but when I came back from Texas, I decided I wanted a change.
Before I started a blog, I wanted to be a professional photographer. After graduation from High School, doors didn’t open that way, so I looked elsewhere for work and that is how I got into blogging.
So, I decided to challenge myself to do more than just snap a photo (although, from time to time, I probably won’t be able to help it.) and be more creative of the subject which I’m taking am snapping a picture of…bringing a whole new aspect and perspective to the norm.
Instagram: How to transform your IG feed
The first thing I did was unfollow some of the people I had started following early on, because I really had no interest in their pictures anymore or we never interacted. I know this may seem rude to some people and it took me some time to decide to do this, because I, too, thought it a little rude, but you know what? My Instagram feed changed completely and I liked it. (Note: I didn’t unfollow my friends or family, because IG is one of the ways I can see them, since distance is an issue).
The second thing I did was follow more photographers. Yes, I really wanted to follow some great photographers so that I could be inspired and encouraged to try the next step and get out of my comfort zone.
The last thing I did was use my “photographer-sense” and try to take unique and breath-taking photographs. If it looked like something a real photographer would take or if I truly loved it, I knew I was happy.
Photography tips for cell phones:
- Change your perspective
Instead of always shooting straight at the subject, move around. Stand above it, below it, at it’s level, etc. It is amazing the different photos you get if you just move.
Since July, I have learned a lot by just experimenting with my cell phones camera. (I do not have an iPhone, so my camera isn’t quite up to par with an Apple). Sometimes I just open up my camera and start taking pictures. At points I astonish myself at what I did.
- Don’t zoom in
Even though I saw how grainy my pictures would be when I would zoom in, I did it anyways, because I wanted to get a closer shot, but after looking at some of the really talented photographers on Instagram, I have learned that sometimes photos tell more of a story if they are further out.
My favorite photographers on Instagram:
Seeing how I am telling you all about how I transformed my Instagram, I guess it would be cool to share some of my favorite photographers to follow. 🙂
Patience Pennington – She is one of my best friends (she is the #1 reason why I have been inspired to change up my Instagram!) and an AMAZING, budding photographer. You HAVE to follow her and read her blog, where she gives some super awesome, yet understandable tips on digital and iPhone photography.
Joy Prouty – This lady is the first photographer I followed on Instagram. Her photos captivated me, because she looked like she lived in a fairy land, with pictures that told a true story.
Rachelle Marie – This girls photos are so clean and crisp that they invite you in to tell you a story.
Whitney Bilodeau – This woman’s photographs take something ordinary and make it extraordinary. It was so inspiring to see that you can do something unique without needing a ton of prompts.
Hannah Nicole – I am so inspired by this young lady. She is just about as old as I am and her photos never cease to captivate me.
Abbie Melle – This woman’s photographs are so crisp and enlightening that I could seriously spend all day just looking at her pictures. Amazing.
How I edit my Instagram photos:
I edit my photos with a few apps…
- My camera app – I have a editing app built into my camera, where I can adjust exposure/brightness, etc. Super simple.
- PhotoGrid – I like this app, because it gives you the ability to add a white background, so you don’t have to crop your photos in Instagram. You can also add text, funky background, or stickers to the photo, as well.
- Rhonna Designs – My friends recommended this app to me and I must say, I love it, but I have to limit the amount of time I’m on this app, because I could take 20 minutes for one photo. No joke. It has all sorts of words and stickers on there. Best investment.