Hi bookworms! As I know some of you liked seeing my booktography yesterday, today I’m going to be writing a brief guide with 5 tips about bookstagramming. This might be the first in a series of similar posts – we’ll see 🙂
To start, I’ll just explain what Bookstagram is! Much like BookTube (YouTube) or Booklr (Tumblr), Bookstagram is simply the corner of Instagram dominated by bookworms. It’s basically another word for the community! Now I’ve explained that, let’s start.
Take photos in natural light
I honestly can’t stress this enough – photos at night with low lighting will look grainy and low-quality. Photos at night with bright lighting will look yellowy, especially with a white background. Sometimes you can get away with brightening your photo on Instagram, but whenever you can take photos in natural light. Which brings me on to…
Edit your photos!
I actually used to hate doing this (I always found it so confusing and would give the photo an unnatural tiny), but recently I’ve dived in and used the new Instagram features. I have three main tips here.
- If you can, always edit the brightness and contrast. Generally with photos in natural light, I would turn the brightness slightly down and the contrast slightly up.
- Use tilt shift! This is basically when the photo blurs apart from the center circle or a band across the middle. I find it really useful if I want to focus on a title but take attention away from any backgrounds. (Example above!)
- Don’t be scared to edit. All you can do is tweak the photos on Instagram, and you’ll see if you’re turning the brightness or contrast too far!
Take inspiration from other accounts
If you can, follow follow follow! If you like an account, follow it. One day you’ll be scrolling through and fall in love with a photo. I guarantee you’ll find inspiration – and make friends!
Another tip is to let people know when you love their account or have something in common with them. You’ll find yourself talking to relatable people who will become great friends.
Caption your photos
Moving swiftly on from that – captioning your photos is another way to get talking! Also, if you ask a question of the day or one related to your photos, people will interact with YOU too!
Get a second opinion!
Another one I can’t stress enough! If you have a friend who’ll be honest with you – take two good photos and ask for their opinion. When I can, I always ask my friend to check my photos and choose the one I post. It really helps to have a second opinion, and it’ll also force you to improve your photos to impress your friend. In the end, I don’t think there’s a downside!
Thanks for reading! If you’re on bookstagram, drop your account name below and I’ll check it out.
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽