10 Tips to Improve your Instagram

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1. Take Photos on a Camera and transfer to your smartphone

So you want to improve your instagram. Ever wondered why your photos don’t have the same quality as those drool-worthy photographers’ galleries? Many photographers and instagram enthusiasts use a digital camera to capture their moments and later transfer those to their iphone to upload. For the more speccy shots of nature, landscapes and special moments I want to capture as best as possible, I’ll use my Olympus Pen E-PL7. For the quick uploads on the go, an iPhone is my preferred weapon of choice.

2. Shoot outside of the instagram app

If you do opt for the quick and easy iphone upload, be sure to perfect your craft outside of the instagram app itself. At least while you’re learning about framing, lighting and conceptualising ideas, this is a great idea to get that one perfect shot. Don’t be afraid to take 10 (or 20) shots before you get it right… it’s true what they say: practice makes perfect!

3. Good photos require planning

Just as important as practicing and perfecting your craft is another ‘P’ word to throw into the mix – planning! A great way to source inspiration for your photos is to follow people who inspire you and let their work influence you. A great read that will encourage you to source inspiration from others is ‘Steal Like an Artist’, an impressive read that discusses the line between inspiration and stealing ideas… or more or less debugs the myth. When you find inspiration through a number of sources and turn these ideas into your own, you inevitably create something unique and bring something new to the table. Plan your approach, find a niche, and create something new!

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4. Link your website to your profile

A simple step to take but one that will make a huge difference (especially for step 9) is to link to your other work. If you don’t have a website, link to another social channel you use frequently – be it twitter, snapchat or youtube. Its important to show your followers that you’re active elsewhere and encourage them to follow your work on other platforms – the more you have to offer, the better!

5. Take a lot of photos but only put your best foot forward 

Its easy to fall into the trap of taking too many photos (not a bad thing), but its just as easy to fall into the trap of sharing everything and anything you capture. Be sure to take plenty of photos, but only post those that you believe are your best work. Whether you’re capturing a moment or feeling, be sure to tell a story with your instagram gallery whilst never oversharing.

6. Hold Steady

As simple as it may sound, holding the camera steady can make a world of difference to your photos. Be sure to also consider framing and cropping your photos, as well as considering editing within the instagram app.


7. Have you heard of golden hour?

Even with instagram, golden hour still applies. Its that part of the day where the sun is glistening and beams through your photos to create some of the most impressive captures. Be sure to experiment with light and learn how to use it to your advantage, it’s the best (non)filter you can get!

8. Experiment with editing apps 

Whether you’re shooting your photos on a camera or your smart phone, sometimes its fun to play around with colours and see what you can create by using third party editing apps. Some of my favourites include Mextures (would seriously recommend) and slow shutter if you like to experiment with moving objects.

9. Create a community 

Once you’ve started to create great photos and share them with your followers, it’s a great idea to consider how you interact and engage with your community. A community often comes about when you offer your followers quality content and you soon realise that yourself and your followers have the same passion in common. Be it travel, fashion, healthy eating or anything and everything in between… its great to create a community within the instagram community and spread the love!

10. Don’t forget to have fun with it!

As helpful as I hope these tips are, the biggest and best piece of advice for improving your instagram is just to have fun with it! Instagram can be such a fun community to be a part of when you just be yourself, show people the things you love in a way you believe showcases it best. As your number of followers grow, so to does the amount of feedback – both good and bad – but so long as you’re always having fun with it, you can’t go wrong!

Over to you – whats your best tip to share with other readers!?

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    Simon Ostrovsky
    March 1, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Thanks for it! Great job!
    The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so, according to the lion’s share of users’ eperience, Zengram is on the top among other giant 3d party apps, which provide real followers. Have you ever heard about it?

    May 23, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Most of the instagram users will click a like instead of viewing user account. however, only a website link be linked on the user account not on every single photo. 🙁

    April 16, 2015 at 1:51 am

    I guess I’ve got a tip to share. The key to a loyal and sympathetic community is common interest. Usually I search & add many people according to geolocation, then follow then and check their accounts. Some of them do, some of them do not follow you back, so you need to get rid of the latter. To do so I use, this service supports up to 5000 unsubscriptions per day. To increase the amount of your potential followers, like and comment a lot. If you’re interested in trying my method you can enjoy a welcome gift of 1000 free unfollows once you’ve signed up.

    February 19, 2015 at 3:00 am

    I think it’s amazing when I see those photographer’s instagram profiles that say “iPhone only”, because it really shows their skill of composition and lighting outside just great equipment.

    Characters & Carry-ons

    February 17, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Hi Brooke, awesome post 🙂 What is your favourite app to edit photos with? 🙂

    Tessa Salt
    February 16, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Great tips, building a community I think can be the hardest part, I feel like my tastes are too eclectic to stick to a ‘theme’ on my instagram like some people do, even though I think it looks amazing!
    Holly Sparkle | Petite Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

    February 16, 2015 at 6:54 am

    I absolutely love these tips. I am desperate to get my photographs to look better – I constantly compare mine to other bloggers.. using these tips I hope to be able to get mine to a standard I can be proud of! Thank you.

    Mrs Globalicious
    February 16, 2015 at 4:38 am

    Thanks for the great tipps. I just fell in Love with Instagram and very thankful!


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    Dinesh Kumar
    February 14, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Thank you for these tips. Instagram is all about good photos so concentrate on quality of images.

    February 13, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Love those tips! Especially the first one. I mostly do that with my Nikon Coolpix S6600 which comes with an iPhone-App that transfers the pictures from the camera to the iPhone. 🙂

    February 13, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I’m a little too addicted to my instagram, it’s hard to stop myself from posting 20 times a day when I’m traveling!!
    Great tips!

    21 year old backpacker currently roadtripping in New Zealand

    February 13, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I don’t own a camera (yet) so I’m always relying in my iPhone 4s. So far so good! Actually, a lot of photographers, I’ve heard, now use solely their iPhones, too, because the quality of the pictures is amazing for Instagram purposes!

    Regarding filters, I believe that the best trick is to keep it simple. Nobody likes oversaturated photos that burn your eyes!

    Amanda Tinney
    February 13, 2015 at 4:29 am

    I’m with Courtney. Snapseed is my Instagram photo editor app of choice. A few other apps to consider are Squaready, TouchColor, WordSwag and Rhonna Designs App. Happy Instagramming everyone!

    February 12, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Such great tips! Instragam is my absolute favourite app and it´s always nice to find out how to get better at it : )
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    February 12, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Really helpful tips! I love golden hour, it’s honestly my favourite part of the day!

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    February 12, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Great post! Will be sure to put some of these in to action!

    February 12, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    I love instagram and would love to learn to use third party editing apps. Thanks for the tips!

    February 12, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    This article is interested and I must to follow it.

    February 12, 2015 at 1:28 am

    Great tips Brooke! The photos I take with iPhone are not great quality, a digital camera makes a huge difference 🙂

    February 11, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Thanks for the tips!

    February 11, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks for your tips Brooke. I’m new to Instagram (have always relied on picture desks before!) so I need all the help I can get. Thanks

    Hilary Nirvana
    February 11, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    great tips x

    Ellen Faith
    February 11, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    I absolutely adore your Instagram page. I would love a post about your editing software on both the phone and the mac. Your best tips, your have to do edits things like that 🙂


    February 11, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I love these tip, my absolute favorite is using the “Rule of Thirds” to capture the subject. If I’m photographing a person, I love making them look at everything but the camera. It always seems to turn out charmingly picturesque (I’ve also elaborated on all this on my blog!).

    February 11, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    This is so true! Great tip.

    February 11, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    All great tips! Your instagram is awesome, I’ve loved the recent Singapore posts.

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    Jessica Doll / Team Wiking
    February 11, 2015 at 9:46 am

    P.S. Did you change your layout? I love it !

    Jessica Doll / Team Wiking
    February 11, 2015 at 9:45 am

    These are all such great tips, I’ve really been trying to step up my instagram game lately. I use an EyeFi card and it makes it so easy to pull photos from my camera. I just shoot raw to my CF card and low res jpg to my SD. 🙂

    jessica / /

    Jessica & Stephen
    February 11, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Golden hour is an hour before the sunsets. It is my favourite time to take photos also 😉

    Kayti Clayton
    February 11, 2015 at 8:52 am

    I know this one is a bit strange but I also think Instagram feeds look really stunning when all of their photos have the same general color scheme or overall tonality. Warm images, stark whites, darker brooding images, etc. I have a hard time with this myself but I think it looks great when an Instagram feed looks more like it has a running thematic element to it.

    EmilyAnne (Eat All Over The World)
    February 11, 2015 at 8:22 am

    You always have great posts and tips. Thanks!

    Stephanie Rogers
    February 11, 2015 at 7:05 am

    All of these are such great tips! I always get a million more questions on my travelling instagram photos and normally it’s because I’ve transferred photos from my phone to my camera! Lovely post 🙂

    February 11, 2015 at 5:23 am

    Fun is indeed the most important ingredient 🙂

    February 11, 2015 at 4:07 am

    I don’t know why I never thought to take pictures on my DSLR and then transfer them to my phone…duh! Why didn’t I think of that?! haha! Getting the right lighting is definitely important too. I think I’m way too lazy about instagram. I don’t plan it at all and you can tell in my photos. I’m going to try to make it a point to get better with instagram

    February 11, 2015 at 4:03 am

    I always do number 1 and 5 but I honestly think that number 10 is the most important one. It is so important to be you and have fun. People being just who they are always inspire me. I have noticed that I always get more likes whenever I post “happy” photos or summer photos. So I always try to do that 🙂

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    February 11, 2015 at 3:53 am

    lovely tips!

    February 11, 2015 at 3:44 am

    Great article! Instagram is the best social media channel there is, but making pretty photos is actually really hard. Especially when you have a crappy mobile camera

    February 11, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Brooke you are such an inspiration to me. Your tips are really helping and I love your blog.

    x Kate

    February 11, 2015 at 2:43 am

    thank you so much for these awesome tips!
    I always wondered why my photos don’t have the same quality
    and now I know haha 😀

    xo Julia

    Marie @ Marie Away
    February 11, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Great tips! For me, it’s always important to think of framing and shooting with that square crop in mind. I’ve had many frustrations with trying to crop my photos after forgetting that!

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored
    February 11, 2015 at 2:01 am

    I practise most of these tips but golden hour is new to me. When is this magical time of day and how have I missed it all my Instagram life (all 1900 photos of it)?! x
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      Stephanie Rogers
      February 11, 2015 at 7:03 am

      I can’t believe you’ve missed the golden hour!! The golden hour is that perfect light when the sun is about to set. Everything glows so magically. You cannot take a bad photo in the golden hour! Sorry when I read that I couldn’t help but respond!

    Jasiminne Yip
    February 11, 2015 at 2:00 am

    I practise many of these tips but GOLDEN HOUR is new to me! When exactly is golden hour and how have I missed it my whole (Instagram) life – all 1900 photos of it?! x
    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

    Brittany Stopa
    February 11, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Love this! I think you’re totally right about upgrading to a digital camera that can transfer photos to your phone for uploading, that’s what I need to take my insta to the next level!

    February 11, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Great tips! Still need to invest in a DSLR, but I agree that certain times of the day make for a great shots (and that a little editing never hurt anyone)!

    Mary L.
    February 11, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Love this! I have been wanting to post better Instagram photos, so this is perfect!!! I also found taking pictures at different angles makes for a great photo.

    Nadine Cathleen
    February 11, 2015 at 12:14 am

    This is great, thanks for the summary! Good to hear again that the perfect pictures in instagram are actually coming from a real camera rather than the phone 😉 XX

    February 11, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Such great tips. I know some people think it’s ‘cheating’ to upload photos from your camera but they’re so much better I don’t understand why you wouldn’t!

    Another tip I have is to get yourself in the photo. Lots of people who are travelling take gorgeous shots of beautiful scenery or amazing cities but it’s always nice to see the face behind the camera from time to time!

    February 10, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Awesome tips! I use slow shutter too as well as ProCam & Rookie. When you’re in London next I would love to pick your brain! xx

    Carla Bentley
    February 10, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Those are very helpful, I’ll be trying them with my new instagram account.

    Jake Ryan
    February 10, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    I love Instagram, mainly because I love photography and Instagram always manages to inspire me. I always upload my iPhone photos though and I really need to stop doing that and start uploading my Canon shots :/

    Good tips 🙂


    Courtney {Alkeks Abroad}
    February 10, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Great tips! I love Snapseed for editing photos on my phone but I also just got a DSLR that is wifi enabled so I can send myself pictures to post on Instagram.