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Instagram tips: A beginner’s guide to VSCO

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I love VSCO, and always recommend their smartphone app to mentoring clients and Instagram friends who want to develop an atmospheric & moody style. I’ve been using it for so long that it’s easy to forget how baffling I once found it; definitely on a par with Snapchat for strange navigation and counterintuitive interfaces. Swipe into the wrong section and you can be lost for weeks; I swear I once saw the skeleton of a…

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Instagram tips – a guide to hashtagging

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Hashtags are not mysterious – they simply categorize posts into certain topics, and link to related content. Aside from the occasional humorous punchline or sotto voce descriptor, that’s really all they do – and yet many of us expect them to unlock unlimited Instagram growth, stardom & wealth. That’s not how the force works! That said, once you’re creating truly brilliant, beautiful, visually engaging content, skilful hashtagging can be a great promotional tool. Below are my guidelines for…

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instagram tips: notes on notifications

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You may have already read my initial response to the news of the changes to Instagram that I wrote when the news was first announced. This post is a supplement to that. Today I’m seeing about 75% of my followings post an image asking people to turn on their notification alerts for their account. Some are really quite artistic, too! It’s spreading with the speed that only panic really can; frantic insta-fans stocking up on…

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Instagram tips: why I love shooting iPhone


My love affair with the iPhone was born out of convenience. Heavily pregnant and desperately nesting, I had no time or energy to pull out my DSLR & go through the rigmorall of hooking it up to the churning harddrive of my aging computer. At the same time, I kept seeing tutorials on Pinterest for taking better iPhone shots. This immediately appealed; I knew that amazing iPhone photos existed, and the convenience and in-built excuse to never put my phone down…

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Instagram tips: Creative selfies


Selfies are a funny phenomenon, aren’t they? Since the advent of Myspace and forward-facing cameras they’ve developed this terrible reputation for vanity, duck-face-pouts and self indulgence. But for many of us, the truth is that being on-camera is an awkward and uncomfortable experience, and self portraits are a powerful tool against that. BUT WHY DO YOU NEED PICTURES OF YOURSELF ANYWAY?, I hear the Daily Mail readers of the world cry, and my answer is…

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instagram tips: learning from my mistakes III

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Another retrospective look at how I would do things differently, with the benefit of a little hindsight… Funnily enough, people often cite these as my most helpful posts – and Lord knows I don’t need much encouragement to criticise myself! Previous instalments here and here. A photo posted by Sara (@me_and_orla) on Jun 29, 2015 at 1:07pm PDT What’s wrong with it: It’s over-processed & overdone. The scene is entirely artificial – between you and…

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instagram tips: get it white


If you’re a DSLR user, you’ll already know all about white balance – but for the uninitiated, here’s a quick definition: White balance (WB) is the process of removing unrealistic color casts, so that objects which appear white in person are rendered white in your photo. Proper camera white balance has to take into account the “color temperature” of a light source, which refers to the relative warmth or coolness of white light. – source…

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Instagram tips: taking photos in public

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Do you feel confident taking photographs in public? It’s something a lot of people struggle with – made especially tricky if, like me, you’re an introvert who tends to photograph the things that other people overlook. If you let the thoughts in, they can become a major barrier to taking the images you want – are people looking? what will they think of me?  The answer is, of course, very little – they’ll be too busy being…

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Instagram tips: ‘top posts’ & hashtags search

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Last week my friend Emma messaged me in happy confusion. She’d gained over 150 new followers in a day, and the likes on her latest (& beautiful!) picture were still leaping up at an unusual rate. Where was it all coming from? Emma uses hashtags brilliantly, so I suggested she checked the pages for any of the ones she’d used, & lo and behold, she was ‘top’ – on about six! Earlier this year Instagram rolled out an…

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instagram tips: learning from my mistakes II


Hindsight’s a great thing, right? There’s always stuff we’d do a little differently, looking back – and it’s certainly true with my iPhone photography.  Usually I’d be reluctant to post these ‘golden oldies’ here, but one thing I’ve seen in mentoring sessions is how useful direct analysis and practical editing tips & suggestions can be. We’ve all sat at some point with an image in front of us that doesn’t quite match our vision, unable to figure out why. A…

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