I conducted a poll on Twitter about social media platforms and quite a few people commented that they would be more likely to use Instagram if they could take better photos.
I'm assuming they mean bookish photos since my entire network of people on Twitter is primarily focused on books: Reading them and Writing them.
The temptation is to think, "Why bother?"
But if you're looking to engage with other readers, build a brand, promote *anything*, spread the word, boost the signal or sell yourself (your reviews, your books, your whatever) than Instagram is as good as any. It's free and it has a lot of users.
So here are some simple tips on how to take good photos on Instagram.
1. ALWAYS, ALWAYS use natural light. If it's dark or cloudy, don't bother. Never use indoor lighting such as lamps or overhead lights-anything with a bulb. This will create grainy, yellow, dark photos that are unappealing. In this photo, I'm in the kitchen where I get natural morning light:
I'm generally drinking coffee in the morning and I love drinking a warm beverage while I read so it's a good representation of who I am. I also collect vintage typewriters and cameras so I'll use those in my photos from time to time. I also have some fake foliage that I'll throw in for added drama but you can just as easily do what is comfortable to you. Here I have taken the same items but eliminated the painted background, doily under the coffee and the typewriter. I just put them on my floor:
The result is just as nice, I think. It's natural light and the colors are true. I will emphasize that no filter is needed-Instagram suggests filters but I think they change the quality of the photo. I don't think photos of books arranged on carpet or anything with too much pattern look as neat & tidy. Too much visual textures that confuse the eye and distract from the beauty of the book covers.
For Night Worms, I use a simple, black canvas:
But if I angle the book towards me with a slight twist of my hand, the glare goes away: