Hi guys! It’s been around a month since I did my last Bookstagram guide, and even though I’m starting to run out of ideas I’m trying to push on the best I can and force my imagination to work 😉
Before I start rambling, 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! Also before I start you can read my first guide here and my second here. I’ve done 5 tips on each and I’m planning for the same today!
Take photos from different angles
I can’t take all the credit for this tip, Zainab actually dropped a comment suggesting this on my last guide. But it’s still a great tip and one I wanted to mention here. Shadows are a big part of this tip – sometimes I angle my photos to stop awkward shadows falling over covers/titles etc. It can also give a varied look to your feed instead of taking all your photos from the same point!
Tag authors and publishing companies
This is kind of different for everyone – some people might see this as ‘pestering’ and fair enough, I do get it. But at the same time, a lot of authors want feedback and love seeing that people feel happy to include their books in their photos! It also means you have a bigger chance of being noticed and of authors reposting your photos.
Use a plain background
A lot of photography is distractions (and removing them). You want to make sure you have a big focus on the main object of your photo (in this case, books), so it’s a good idea to not use a distracting background and stick to plain when you can! Don’t worry – it’s unlikely that your feed will look boring if you stick to using different angles, props and colours.
This sounds like a strange one as a lot of people don’t always like to put their lives online – and that’s completely understandable! But that doesn’t mean you have to be clinical and uninteresting. A lot of people will engage with you if you post even a song/lyric you like under your photo….or just be chatty and open. It doesn’t mean you have to give away what you ate for breakfast – a little comment about sport or your favourite movie can be all it takes.
Mix up books!
I’m the proud owner of over 100 books now. They’re my babies, all of them. But when I go to take photos, I tend to go for my favourites…genre/subject/character or cover wise. But you have to remember that everyone likes different things! It’s nice to go random and pick up a book you haven’t used for a while simple because it’s another easy way to add variation.
Have you got any other tips? Feel free to drop me a comment with your bookstagram accounts and I’ll check them out!
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽