These past days, I became obsessed with something: making my Instagram feed clean and pleasing to the eyes. Although I’ve long noticed how some users carefully curate their feed, I never thought I’d follow the bandwagon because I want my Instagram to mirror my life. It’s like my mini-blog when I’m too lazy to post here.
Eh what I noticed is that those whose Instagram feeds are beautifully curated are those who post food, buildings, sceneries, etc. lang. Honestly, those feeds bore me. Ayoko ng ganun–kelangan lagi pa ring starring ako, si Raviv, si Randy, our dogs, and other people I love. Food, makeup and scenery without us are OK occasionally. Occasionally being the operative term. I follow my friends on IG not because of the quotes they caption a flower or a building, but because I want to see them and what they’re doing and wearing and eating.
And then I noticed the beauty of my friend Mars’ feed:
While each individual photo is also important, I’ve now also seen the value of having a great overall feed. One look at the feed, ang gaan ng pakiramdam! Positive vibes na agad.
So I took notes, and here’s what I’ve learned so far:
1. Decide on a theme for your feed. It would make everything look coherent and pleasing to the eyes. Just like a fashion’s designer collection–everything must be tied up neatly. Here are some suggestions:
a. Use one filter for all your posts. This is an easy way to make your posts look cohesive and thematic even if your photos’ subjects are very different.
b. Choose a dominant background for your posts. In Mars’s case, she chose soft, pastel colors. If you want another color, then take a cue from this:c. Use a border, and make it uniform. This is probably the easiest way to clean an Instagram feed. In fact, this was what I did to Raviv’s photos even before I was conscious of making my feed look neat. I used a white border in all of Raviv’s photos.
2. Take photos in natural light. I swear, the quality is very different! There won’t be pesky shadows, and the resolution is always significantly great.
3. Have variety. I want my feed to reflect the things I love, not just beautiful sceneries or perfectly plated food. Thus, I plan to alter my posts into this pattern: Randy/Raviv, man-made scenery (architecture, beautiful interior design, etc), food, me, material things (make-up, jewelry, clothes), nature (flowers, mountains, trees, view).
4. Invest in a good camera. If having great photos is your passion, this is a must. Sadly, all your efforts would be wasted if your camera is not good. While a DSLR would be best, I understand it’s expensive, impractical and may be complicated to use. That’s why I invested on an iPhone 7+. But if an iPhone is not within your budget, there are mobile phones specializing on photos with great cameras. One of them is the Huawei P9 and P10. I know because my friend, Say Alonzo (@sayalonzo) used to post wonderful photos using her Huawei P9. More recommendations HERE.
5. Ensure a clean or blurred background. A blurred background (depth of field) or a bokeh effect is one of the perks of great DSLRs. A bokeh effect helps put the focus on the subject while giving the background a beautiful blur. The DoF is one of the perks of the iPhone 7. However, if your camera is incapable of bokeh, just make sure you have a clean background, preferably one with solid color. I’ve also recently bought a white sheepskin rug to serve as background of products I want to take photos of.6. And finally, schedule your posts with the help of apps. Yes, there are apps to schedule IG posts! Akalain mo yun?!? So far, the best one I’ve checked out is UNUM. However, I haven’t been using it because I want to be spontaneous. But if you’re serious about having a clean feed, then apps like UNUM are a great help.
I’m still a long way from being anyone’s “#FeedGoals” but I think my feed is already improving. 😉