Ok lets talk about Instagram, you may have noticed how much I love it. A small Instagram addiction is what I have and I’ll tell you why. You see I’m all about the visuals in life. I just like things that look good/pretty/interesting/appealing. That in itself encompasses so many possibilities so for now I’m going to narrow it down. Maybe later I will share what I love about other galleries and styles, maybe tips for composing an image although I’m no expert, but first I would like to share a few thoughts on creating your gallery as a whole.
I’ve read posts like this before and what I think and say are not remarkable, just my thoughts on sharing a style of your own. One of the biggest and bestest tips to remember is to be yourself. Take photographs of what you love and edit them in a similar style to each other then you’re half way there. For my part I love pastel colours, light and bright edits, the beach and flowers. All these elements appear often in my gallery and tie it together.
Think about how images sit next to each other. Obviously they move as you post new photos but as you upload think what went previously and you will find your gallery gains a natural rhythm. I know people who use apps to plan their galleries and this works well for them, it can help you with the bigger picture. It is a useful way to see how your next photo sits beside the previous post and also the one that will sit beneath it. I don’t use this method but can see the merit in it if you are more organised than me… I do however play gallery games from time to time. I haven’t for a while but earlier this year I played a colour/white game for a few months. The chequerboard it creates is very effective when viewing a gallery as a whole but possibly a little restrictive if the photo you want to post next doesn’t fit the pattern…. It kept me entertained for a while though and I do like the overall effect on my gallery. Maybe I’ll play this one again soon.
Yes that’s a rare photo of me… Moving swiftly on.
You will find that your gallery has a natural colour palette, it happens organically and is a good thing when viewing in it’s entirety. I do take many more photographs than make it onto my Instagram page and believe it or not I love colourful and/or moody shots. Just not in my Instagram gallery. Instead I think of it more as a curated collection of images that coordinate and flow. This is fully intentional and worth bearing in mind. Of course it depend’s how you use Instagram, whether you are taking family snaps, playing along with photo-a-day challenges or just enjoying the community there is no right or wrong way, but I do think the overall feel of a persons gallery is often what attracts me to follow. Having a clear aesthetic or message is appealing.
Editing your photos also plays a role. A tidy gallery will have been edited a particular way. It matters not what app or filter you use, whether you vary the effect, much more that you have a consistent ‘look’ or ‘feel’ about your photographs. There is a theme here, consistency is key. But don’t be put off by this or turn it into a science, find a ‘look’ that you like and stick with it or evolve it over time…
There are a million and one thoughts and tips to be shared, how often to post? I think daily as much as possible. There are occasions when I post nothing and some days when more than one photo appear although they are often with purpose and rarely on a whim. Any more frequent and honestly, I wonder if followers will disengage a little.
Yes it is fair to say mine is a curated gallery. That’s how I like it BUT you are not me and you must post as makes you happy! As I mentioned above THE most important thing is to always be yourself.
I’ll leave it here for now, hopefully giving you just a little food for thought and a promise of more to come. One more screen grab, this is my favourite part of my gallery. It just makes me happy… There is a mix of subject matter, indoors, outdoors, still life, places, people…
Hope I haven’t bored you…
If by a long shot you have found your way to my blog from other worlds, you can find me on Instagram as @humphreyandgrace