When I first started posting my calligraphy work to instagram I had first the idea of I was going to do it just for a year and I’ll be done. But the more I kept at it and the better I started to get I could not quit. The reason I did not quit after a year was because I learned the saying show up for two years and then people will start to notice you.
Well It has been working out pretty good for me. At first I was a little upset when I did not see growth. But you know what I am going to keep going no matter what. Because what I do with it will be up to me. On November 10th that is the date when I will be launching my store to sell calligraphy prints and etc.
And one more thing i will be starting to post youtube videos in about a week or so. I have currently 4 videos queued up to post. So make sure you follow me on twitter, instagram, facebook, twitter youtube
I’ll be the first to admit that I had no idea how to take photos for instagram. One of the many things that I did was to learn how to take pictures that I would like to see. For example if its interesting to me then out of the hundreds of millions people on instagram, i’m sure someone would find it interesting. Another thing is to be you in your photos.
You have to remember what you post is what people are going to base you on. If you are posting pictures wearing ton’s of jewelry, luxury clothes and etc people are going to expect you are well of. So be careful with doing that. Honestly there is a lot of good people on instagram and a looottt of bots on there. But that could be the same for ton’s of other social networks.
So here are the steps I take when shooting an instagram photo
- Stop and ask yourself is this interesting to me
- Would this be worth sharing to others
- Would this be worth remembering
- What would happen if someone close to me seen this
- Is this going to be detrimental to my image as a person
- Am I sharing to much personal information
Now after those steps now its time to set up your shot
- You can either use your built in camera or instagram (prefer to use either one)
- Hold your camera straight as possible either landscape or portrait (looking at sideways photos on instagram is really annoying to look at and people don’t really shoot photos like that)
- Have fun taking photos
- Experiment with what looks right
- Use hashtags #
- Use filters (really only certain ones get used often on instagram)
- Leave comments on peoples photos (its more of a connection then just a like and people seem to appreciate them more)
- Like peoples photos
What are some ways you use instagram?
I came across this once before and I honestly was not surprised by this at all. What do you think about this?
P.S I’m graduating from college today and showing my portfolio. I’ll definitely vine and instagram some pics of the event if I’m able to.
I recently finished a little photography project that I just felt would be pretty fun to do. I posted a picture a day for 30 days on my instagram
Here’s some pictures from the project
Check out the rest on my instagram @JostenDooley