Step Up Your Instagram Game With These 8 Guides

Trying to get the perfect shot for Instagram can be stressful, let alone editing it to reflect the mood, story, or aesthetic you're trying to portray to your audience. In fact, the "Insta" in Instagram is irrelevant in the 21st century, because for many of us, editing pictures is an hour long (or more) process. These eight Instagram guides will fill you in on all of the details you need for creating an amazing post. 

Top Secret

By Shine By Three

"As I mentioned on Instagram yesterday, and as a lot of you have been asking of me across every possible social media platform, I’ve finally put together a guide to my go-to image-editing apps for the photos I post to Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr. Contrary to frequent speculation, unless I’m sharing my photography or styling work, or just editorial content from Shine By Three, everything has been taken with my phone. But, let’s keep it real here. No matter how sensational your camera is and, perhaps, how flooded with natural light your whitewashed studio is, there is always colour to be corrected and shadows to be brightened – at least, when it comes to #zhangflat-ing – such that your phone edits might end up looking better than DSLR-and-Photoshop edits (as evidenced below)"

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A Complete Guide to Styling Photos for Your Instagram & Blog

By PinkPot

"Styling is not just about arranging pretty things together, but also about doing it in a way that evokes emotion and conveys a message to the viewer. There is no right or wrong way to style photos, but a well styled photo tells a story. And although the best way to learn styling is probably through trial and error, here are some of the tips I’ve picked up along my photography journey and I hope these will give you a good starting point."

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How to Create a Visually Stunning IG

By Nün Style Blog

"Today Instagram has over 300 million active users accessing the site every month, posting pictures, liking and commenting on pictures, or simply just viewing and following their favourite accounts. This has created a whole new breed of internet celebs where anyone from anywhere from around the world can become the world’s local celeb for the content that they put up on their Instagrams. But how do they do it and what makes their accounts so great? Below I’ll be taking apart fashion accounts (of course!) and giving you tips on how to create a visually appealing Instagram."

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How I Edit Instagram Pictures

By Marianna Hewitt

"I am a little Instagram obsessed, but who isn't?! I've gotten the way I edit photos down to a science and wanted to share my skills with you."

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How to Take the Perfect Instagram

By Lauren Conrad

"Every time I post an Instagram photo, I always see comments asking about what filter I use or how I got the lighting just right. Instagram is no doubt my favorite app. But the truth is that—as any avid Instagrammer knows—it often takes about 10 tries to get the perfect photo. There are also a few trusty tricks I turn to when I go to post an Instagram. And today, I’ll be sharing these tips for the first time ever with all of you. I’ve enlisted my favorite photographer Yoni Goldberg to add his two cents as well, so you can pretty much consider these tips professional."Guide to Curating a Flat Lay

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Guide to Curating a Flat Lay

By Park & Cube

"While I’d like to think I have modified and refined some of my online-offline behaviour, Instagram is one beast I still have trouble leaving at the cloakroom at restaurants; one that compels me to publicly perform tai-chi moves above the table that makes my partner shrink into his collar in embarrassment. It also means I’d have deliberately allowed perfectly fine, freshly-cooked food to cool down in the expense of a birds-eye snap of the table. If there’s such a thing as a reverse-microwave, I’ve just invented it. (Is this why mega-grammers just eat salad?) Funny thing is though, it works. Flat-lays statistically ‘do’ better on Instagram and this is probably why I, along with about ten thousand instagirls out there, own a thing of roll-up marble."

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Instagram Insights

By Cupcakes and Cashmere

"My site is photo heavy, so when I initially downloaded Instagram (you can follow me here) a couple of years ago, I thought the content might be redundant to what I was creating for the blog. After a few minutes, I quickly realized how unique and engaging the platform was and loved both the immediacy of the content creation and community responses. While it will never replace blog posts, it's definitely become my go-to social app so I thought I'd share a few my favorite tools, tips and the people I love to follow.

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How to Take Better Pictures With Your iPhone

By Jana Williams

"3 tips on how to take better photos for instagram! I consider taking pictures with your iPhone an art :)"

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