instagram tips: learning from my mistakes

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I think my #1 piece of advice for beginners on Instagram, after ‘edit with VSCOcam‘, is to post every day. Partly because this is the best way to find your ‘tribe’ & make some friends, but mainly because regular practice & routine is the fastest way to get any good at anything. I hate that awkward learning-curve phase where you have to make mistakes at something new, but it’s really true that we learn the…

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instagram tips – how I take iPhone photos

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File this post under, I’m not sure; though I get asked a lot about how I take iPhone photos, I strongly suspect I’m not doing anything different to everyone else. Still, sometimes it’s good to be reassured of that, right? I shoot 99% of my Instagram photos using the basic camera app on my iPhone 5. Here’s how: 1: Compose shot. I always shoot the full screen, not a square, so I have the freedom…

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Instagram tips: curate your gallery

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This is such a simple & obvious tip, I almost feel a little silly mentioning it – but it’s truly one of the most effective things you can do. If you’re looking to give your account a bit of a boost and create a more cohesive style to your insta-photography, look at your recent gallery as a whole. Most popular accounts have a theme, whether that’s as strict as all-white images, or something more loose,…

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instagram tips : how I edit my photos

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A little resolution I made at the start of 2014 was to try and reach 1000 followers on Instagram – at that time, I had about 70. By the end of January I was past my target, and by New Year’s Eve I was past 50k, & a whole lot wiser! For months, I’ve had a giant mega post of in the works, about all of that stuff. I get a lot of emails asking…

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Q&A : Anna from WSAKE jewellery

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The beginning of a little series, chatting to creative & talented people, with skills I envy & admire. First up is Anna from WSAKE jewellery. I discovered WSAKE via Pinterest several years ago, and have followed their work ever since. I don’t wear a lot of jewellery, often finding it too fussy, or perhaps being too fussy myself – but the clean lines and organic themes here are everything I love. I wear my bluebell…

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Giveaway: Sticker Stack

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Hip hip hooray – a Sticker Stack giveaway! I’ve been obsessed with Korean stationery for years – since a time when you could really only buy it directly from Korea, requiring a Korean social security number, drop-shipping and all manner of subterfuge. Such are the lengths I will go to for a really nice notebook. Fortunately, Sticker Stack came along and made it much easier; I can now get my hands on planners, notebooks, washi…

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here & there (and on Radio 4!)

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It’s been an exciting few weeks! On Wednesday I popped along to the Boden press day and gave a little interview to BBC Radio 4 about my instagram experience. (I KNOW!) It was on this morning and you can listen again here. There’s more to say about the whole lovely experience, but it’s still sinking in for now! Some of my photographs for the Samsung project I’ve been working on have been chosen to be…

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Reframing

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Picking up a real camera again after a long, long time is fairly daunting. It’s been a lifetime really – if you’re Orla, anyway. But when Samsung offered to send me a lovely white NX300 to play around with, I couldn’t refuse! Especially as I swore to say ‘yes’ to every opportunity in 2014. Here’s the first few out of the camera, as I find my way. baby blanket c/o boy + girl Did I…

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a little photoshoot

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So in love with these shots taken of me & Orla by good friend and crazy-talented photographer Camila of Ila photography. A little while back, Camila gave up her successful day job to dedicate herself to photography full time. I love people who take a leap of faith to chase their dreams! Her blog tells her story, along with lots of photography & editing tips & inspiration. If you get chance, stop by her site…

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