Instagram is fun way to share photo moments with family and friends. It is a mobile app, where you snap a photo, transform it by adding a filter and share it.
Are you in Instagram? Is your dog in Instagram?
Sugar and I are on Instagram as @GoldenWoofs
When I created our account 3yrs ago (Instagram just started), Golden Woofs was a private account. As Instagram has gained popularity, I made Golden Woofs public. Also, Instagram hit big since purchased by Facebook.
Since I upgraded my iPhone, I became active in Instagram. In the process, I also learned some basic iPhone photography. I’m sharing what I learned …
7 Do’s of Instagram: Photo Edition
1) Use your phone camera and not Instagram.
2) Set your camera mode to square.
3) Use a photo editing app. My 3 favorites are Camera +, SnapSeed, and Fotor.
Camera + can be an overwhelming app but its great for focus and exposure purposes. It offers tons of cool effects/filters.
SnapSeed (which is own by Google) is my favorite photo editing as it provides a lot of options and adjustments. It makes a photo pop just using minimal photo tweaks.
Fotor is a simple easy app to use for beginners. It offers lots of photo effects.
4) Instagram is suppose to be “instant” sharing moments but you have an option to stamp your photo with your brand using Phonto or iWatermark apps
Phonto is a free simple app that allows you to add text or image (your brand/logo).
Paid app of iWatermark lets you save multiple photo/text/graphic watermark.
Watermarking images for Instagram is an extra step. It is an important step you may want to consider. It helps to protect your images/content, and promote your blog/brand and product marketing efforts. Once you have created a watermark especially on iWatermark it is a quick step.
5) Use additional Instagram filter for the final upload
My favorite Instagram filters are Valencia and Sierra which I often use especially if I share the photo in FB.
6) Wisely use hashtags!
You can use Instagram “Explore” tool to check active hashtags or check top-hashtags
If you forgot to add hashtags on your posted photo, you can easily add hashtags in the comment area.
When sharing it on FB/Twitter: remove and/or use only a few and appropriate hashtags.
To eliminate re-tying hashtags, save hashtags on your text app. Use the command select all and copy when you post your photo on Instagram.
7) Install emoji> app and use it when you like and comment on a photo.
I love taking daily photos of Sugar and Instagram has become an extension of our blog. I’m able to share candid fun moments from Sugar’s day. Being in Instagram, I’ve met many dog (Golden Retriever) lovers which lead to new blog readers and several brands have connected with us.
Give Instagram a try …
Next post will be about Do’s of Instagram: Video Edition