Instagram is my number one stop to get inspired.
I’ve had lots of questions about Instagram, especially since taking a break from the Link-Ups here on the site.
It can be a bit overwhelming when you first dive in…..
where does one begin?
Here’s a few thoughts.
Q: Do you need a phone or device to upload image to Instagram?
A: Yes, you do need a device such as an iPhone/Android, iPod/iPad, or a tablet to post on IG.
You can view IG images on your computer, but if you want to upload images to IG, you need to be using a device.
Q: Can I share photos from my big camera on IG?
A: You can share your DSLR photos on IG…..this is not against the ruleS… 85% of my Instagram photos are nikon photos.
Instagram is all about beautiful imagery….. It’s no longer just a space to share quick snaps of your pet, your lunch, your coffee cup.
Although you can use it that way……
Speaking of your lunch……. the food photography on IG is mind-blowing.
Some folks eat the most beautiful food… ever!
Check out my tutorial on sending photos from your computer to your phone HERE.
Q: Isn’t Instagram a big time suck?
Need a little inspiration? Feeling stuck? Instagram is my go to platform for inspiration.
The still life and food photos, lifestyle images……AMAZING….
When I’m feeling less than inspired…..I’m guaranteed to find a spark on IG.
I can waste a lot more time ‘thinking’ about what to shoot…. a quick zip to IG… almost always lights up my creative fire.
IG doesn’t have to take over your life. Pick a set time to pop on, share and engage. Set a timer on your device…..try to stick to it.
Personally I spend about 30 minutes, twice a day. I’d much rather chill out on IG than watch TV.
Q: I have an IG account but I just can’t get into it. I feel lost.
A: I totally get that…it took me a long time to warm up to IG….. a LONG time.. Here’s a few tips to get you inspired on IG.
Once you create your account….upload a few photos that are reflective of you…..then….
1. Check out a few hashtags to find inspiration….The #mystillsundaycompetition tag is an amazing collection of still life inspiration and a great way to find inspiring like-minded creatives to follow. It’s very much like adding your photo to groups on flickr…… just a different format.
2. If you decide to join a tag, be sure to connect with others who have shared in the tag….. This is an amazing way to find your ‘peeps’.
Joining a tag is as simple as tagging your beautiful photo with the hashtag and the name of the hashtag host.
if you want to add your photo to the my still sunday tag, include #mystillsundaycompetition and @kimklassen in your caption or in the comments of your photo.
This will land your photo in the #mystillsundaycompetition gallery. That’s it..that’s all.
Oh to view the photos in a tag, just click the tag on someones photo or in their bio… The tags are hyperlinked…. to the specific hashtag gallery.
3. Instagram is my most up to date portfolio. I share the photos I am most excited about…… When people ask what I do or shoot… I can pull out my phone (cause I’m never without it) or even better my iPad….and voila….There you have it a portfolio.
Here’s a super short screencast on how I use IG for creative inspiration.
Instagram Inspiration – view on vimeo
Video Reference: Instagram Artist: @evakosmasflores (amazing)
This Week’s My Still Sunday Feature
Every Wednesday I feature some of the amazing photos in the#mystillsundaycompetition gallery…..
Let’s take a peek.
Click the links below the photos….and check out each of these amazing creatives……
It may just be…..the spark you were looking for.
4 I just adore
This Weeks Still Sunday Top Pic
Isn’t this stunning??… breath taking… Amazing….
So beautiful Poppy…..the woodsy, earthy… moody…. everything…
Happy Canada Day Give Away
Yay another gratitude give away….. Feeling so blessed by this community.
To celebrate the holiday…. I’m giving away a one-year subscription to The Studio | Online.
To enter….leave a comment on this post…. I will announce the winner on Sunday.
My Still Sunday is a weekly series….Everyone is welcome? It’s easy peasy to play along.
Each week I invite you to upload a still life on IG…a few if you like… Please tag me (@kimklassen) and add the hashtag #mystillsundaycompetitiona nd you’re done.
The competition is open from Saturday – Tuesday each week….. On Wednesday I feature some fabulous picks….. There may even be prizes…… I love give aways……
I hope this brings you a touch of inspiration today…….. and maybe even encourages you to pause, breathe…. be still…. and snap…….