Would you believe there was a time when I didn’t want an Instagram? I am not very big on selfies (I used to think that was all the photo sharing site was used for), do not post everyday and don’t have that many posts to begin with. Additionally, I am far from being “internet famous” and have a tendency to over think things. So I held out for a while, told my sister no every time she asked me to make one and convinced myself I did not need it.
Now, no one really needs Instagram, at least I don’t, but I would argue that everyone needs their own space. A place to share their creations, musings and day to day activities if they wish. Once I finally joined and realized that I could curate bits and pieces of life a whole new world of possibilities opened up.
The photo above is an outtake from my 4 before Crimson Peak post; not only does it serve as a little intro to the new behind the scenes category, I also think it is a good example of my Instagram process. I now admit to being slightly obsessed with the appÂ and have been known to delete or repost a pic or two if I don’t like the previous edit or placement in my feed (#instasnob). Lately I have been pretty proud of my pictures and thought it would be fun share the process.
There are a multitude of apps out there to help you take the perfect picture but I like to keep is simple and stick to VSCO Cam. This app allows me to control the focus and exposure ensuring I take the perfect picture in camera, which leads to minimal work in post. Â The VSCO app is also great because it stores all of the pictures you take while using it and creates a grid. I save my unedited photos to my camera-roll then import the one I like to the grid so I can see how it looks with the rest of my feed. After I choose the picture I want to post it’s time to copy it to Instagram and edit!
While Instagram is well known for their filters I personally skip them while editing and head straight to tools. The real magic happens in this section. Here I adjust the brightness only a tiny bit and up the highlights if I want to make a picture brighter. Next I add a bit of structure and contrast, then make my photo cooler by dragging the warmth bar back a bit. My goal is to enhance the natural elements of the picture, not erase or cover them completely.
Getting the perfect picture the first time is really hard and very rare, I like to take several so I have options and more to choose from. Sometimes I’ll take up to 20 pictures of the same set up, just to be sure.
Last but not least I add a few hashtags so companies and likeminded individuals can find my pictures and profile (the Criterion Collection like one of my posts once!) Some tags I love to explore are #cinephile, #flatlayÂ and #truevintageootd.Â
Lately there has been a lot of discussion about authenticity in social media, especially when it comes to Instagram. My final tip is don’t take the app or yourself too seriously. Try not to get caught up in the numbers and keep in mind that people only post what they want you to see. Just like cropping and editing a photo you can also crop and edit certain aspects of your life. I love taking loads of photos, editing and sharing the things that make me happy. I have also found a great community of film lovers to talk to and follow through this app. If social media is what you make it, make it work best for you.
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I love scrolling and discovering new pictures to like and pages to follow! Be sure to leave your Instagram names below so I can check them out! As always I am @thecinemadoll. Thank you for reading!