Instagram has become such a tool for so many of us… whether you use it to promote your own business or simply keep it curated to express yourself. It’s become a place where you can learn a lot about someone within a matter of minutes. You don’t have to be a blogger or photographer to care about your feed, the flow or which VSCO filter suits your mood. We live in this digital world where you don’t even need business cards when you can just find each other on instagram. I’m sure this rubs some people the wrong way but I enjoy it. Instagram has become a place where I can express myself, share my life and make new friends. Honestly… I’ve met some of my best friends on Instagram.
While I’ve never had any training in photography, I feel the need to be a photographer so I can share photos – and do so in a way that aligns with my aesthetic. The Olympus Pen E-PL7 has been an amazing tool for me. I have the upgraded 17mm lens and I think it makes a huge difference.
Here are a few reasons why the Olympus Pen has become my go-to camera for instagram:
Compact enough to fit in my purse!
Creates beautiful photos in “auto” settings if you don’t know much about aperture, ISO, etc.
Auto menu allows you to adjust things like saturation, brightness and color BEFORE you take the photo.
WiFi capabilities so I can get the photos on my phone within seconds of taking the photo.
Touch screen for scrolling AND you can even pick a point of focus and simultaneously take a photo with the touch of your finger.
Screen that folds up or down for “from above” photos and even rotates to the front for selfies!
I know there’s also a lot of interest in editing instagram photos and how to create an overall look and brand for your feed.
Here are a few of my tips and tricks for editing Instagram photos:
Try to stick to one filter. I like to use VSCO A6 and from there I adjust things like exposure and shadows.
I use a ‘test’ account to upload my photos first and make sure they look good together. A couple of my friends were doing it and I couldn’t believe what a difference it made. From there, you can make little tweaks in Instagram for saturation and warmth to make sure it fits with your other photos.
I use Snapseed for things like removing spots or trash in photos. Use the editing tool called ‘healing’ and touch the spot on the photo that you want to fix. Zoom in close if it’s small.
Those are my main tips and tricks! I hope this was helpful to you guys. Please ask any questions in the comments below and I’ll respond with answers!