U4D: Instagram Part 3
One of the first things we all struggle with on Instagram is what to post. Not that we should all post the same things, but you should think about it. So today’s post is going to be about posting.
Posting to Instagram
Instagram is all about images, no matter how you take them. Instagram started initially for a way to share photos taken with your phone. As time has gone on that has changed and now you can also put up photos taken with other cameras.
When I first started using Instagram (IG) that is what I did, I used it for photos from my phone, but about 18 months ago I realised I wanted to show images that were better than what I could do with my phone. That was my choice, but I know that a lot of people are just as comfortable putting up photos from their phone.
In some ways it is so much easier to put up photos that are taken with your phone. Everything is right there in your hand for doing it. You can take the photo with the camera app and share it to Instagram or you can use the camera in Instagram. If you use the camera in Instagram your photos will all be square, however if you use you camera app then you can put photos that are rectangle up as well.
If you do the latter option then you can edit the photos in Instagram or you can use a mobile app to do it. I’ve used Snapseed many times and have found it great.
There are a lot of filters that you can apply to your photos on IG as well, but you do have to be careful using them. The photos do tend to stand out a bit and they can start to look like everyone else’s. Perhaps less these days. You should do what you want, and if you enjoy using them, then do it.
You can upload your photo then it is ready for everyone to see.
For many of us the best option is to take photos with our cameras, process them on the computer and get them to our phones for Instagram. Most of the process is easy, but getting the photo from the computer to your phone can be a challenge. For a long time I used a draft gmail email. I put the photo into the draft email and then opened it on my phone, shared it to get it on Instagram. Sound easy, well I thought so for a long time, however you still have to type what you want to say on the phone. That’s the bit I don’t like.
As IG has evolved, new apps have been developed that help you get your image from the computer to your phone. I use one called Later. It is fantastic, you can load the photo into it on your computer and write what you want to go with the image and then schedule it. Then the app is on your phone. When the scheduled time happens a notification pops up on the phone for you to share it. The photo goes up and you paste the text. Brilliant. I love it. I’ve been using it for a few months now.
It is free for 30 posts a month to one IG account, if you want to use it for more, then you need to pay for it. It works well for me, I post once a day, so the months with 31 days I just do it the old way. There are lots of apps out there, and each person you ask will have another suggestion.
In the next post we will look at hashtags and hubs.
Discussion: Do you use Instagram? How do you take your photos? How do you get your photos to Instagram? Do you have an app you use and can you share it?