My Guide To Instagram

I get many questions as to what I do to take the photos I post on Instagram so I finally put together a guide with some tips and a list of tools that I use.

1. Always take any photos on your iPhone with the camera app on the phone. Then bring your photo into Instagram or other photo apps you use to edit. When you take photos with apps other than the camera app sometimes the original photo does not save to your camera roll.

2. If you intend on using Twitter along with Instagram I highly recommend making your username the same. Reason being is that when someone tweets you in a caption from Instagram with you Twitter username but your Instagram name is different, users will not know where that person’s account is on IG. One of the benefits of discovering new users in IG is the ability to click on a @username and see their profile.

3. Add a profile image and fill out your profile. You can only change your profile image through an IOS device (iPad or iPhone). You can fill out your profile via

Posting to Instagram

Sizing: Instagram places all images within a white square which users are ment to guide how they want their image cropped on IG. I have noticed many forget to size their image and and are left with these black bars above and below.


Hashtags: Use as many hashtags as possible within your caption on IG. Down to the very simple keywords. For example:

A photo of the New York City skyline I posted would contain a caption like this:

“Sun shining through the clouds over #NewyorkCity. #NYC #NYWaterway #NY #HudsonRiver #Skyline #Sunrise #Sun #Clouds #Instagram #Iphoneography #IG #InstagramNYC

Many use hashtags to discover new images and for a new user this will allow others to discover your work. Instagram captions can be longer than a Twitter post so when you post this image only post to Instagram first.

If you forget to add a hashtag to an image you can add more hashtags in the comment thread of the same image.

Post to Instagram only first: You will notice that there is no character count for your tweet when composing the caption. Once you post your image, just to instagram, find your image under “your photos” just to the lower right of your image you will see a button with 3 dots. This is where you will share your image to Twitter, Facebook and other social networks you decide to share.

When you share to Twitter here, you will notice you will now have a character count as well as the link of the image that will be posted.

 Responding in comments: When responding in comments, tagging works very similar to Twitter and Facebook. Use the @ symbol along with the username of the person you are directing your comment to.

Common Courtesy: Give back to others! Don’t just post to Instagram. Search for others to follow and also “like” other users photos as well as joining into conversations within comment sections of photos.


refers to the use of camera movements on small- and medium-format cameras, and sometimes specifically refers to the use of tilt for selective focus, often for simulating a miniature scene. Sometimes the term is used when the shallow depth of field is simulated with digital post processing; the name may derive from the tilt-shift lensnormally required when the effect is produced optically. – Definition from Wikipedia

The option within Instagram appears as a tear drop icon above the image. You have two options, linear and radial. (see example below)



The new Lux feature:

Mostly every photo I take with my iphone goes into Camera+ first before uploading to Instagram mainly because I am in love with the clarity filter. Camera+ is a separate photo app for editing photos. Recently Instagram updated their app with a new feature called “Lux” Mainly ment to brighten dark images.

Other apps that I use to manipulate images.

Camera+ I mainly use the clarity filter with this application.

Another app that I use mostly for sunset situations is PRO HDR

The app takes two photos back to back, one under exposed (photo 1) and one over exposed (photo 2) and then merges the two images.


Color Splash: lets you quickly and easily give photos a dramatic look by converting them to black and white, while keeping your chosen details in color. This effect draws the viewers’ attention to the colored areas, creating striking.

Diptic: helps you easily combine multiple photos and apply artistic effects to create exceptional photo collages that can be shared with friends and family via email, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr or Posterous. With rounded borders, 52 customizable layouts and color effects, there are unlimited options to create unique images!


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