If you’re on Instagram, then you’re probably familiar with the popular bookish hashtag, bookstagram. #Bookstagram is simply an easy way for readers on Instagram to denote a book-related photo, and an easy way for followers to find a collective group of photos they’re interested in.
Want to start your very own #bookstagram account? Here are a few tips from the Paper Fury blog to help you start taking photos like an Instagram pro.
You don’t need a fancy camera to get started; an iPhone will do the trick! The most important thing to keep in mind is to steer clear of posting grainy photos.
Essentially, this relates to the overall feel of your Instagram feed. What do you want your photos to look like? Are you hoping for a warm, cozy-comfort vibe, like @polly.florence, or are you more interested in a bright, colorful feed, similar to @bluestockingbookshelf? Followers tend to latch-on to feeds that are visually-stunning to the eye, so once you settle on a style, try to remain consistent with the type of photos you post.
Including handmade, local, or cozy props in all of your flatlays are a great way to accent your photos, as well as the focal piece (or book, in this case). Selecting a backdrop might be the hardest to decide on. The easiest route here? Believe it or not, a plain piece of white foam board makes a great white backdrop, no matter the aesthetic of your feed. Utilize extra props, like cozy sweaters, bookmarks, natural elements (leaves, flowers), etc. to enhance the overall quality of your image.
The best time to take photos is early in the morning, in order to take advantage of the natural light. Shoot photos next to a window without using the flash. Indoor lighting tends to give photos a yellow or orange tint.
The App Store has a ton of great photo editing programs to choose from. Snapseed (which is free) is a popular option, as well as ColorStory (however, this one costs a little extra). And then, there’s just plain ol’ Instagram, itself. It all really depends on how much editing you need to accomplish. Lastly, feel free to include a watermark on your photos, that way, if people share your work with their followers, everyone will know you created the finished piece.