My Instagram Tips

Admittedly I am probably a little unqualified to write this blog post but these are simply my tips, hopefully they will help some of you. Instagram just like blogging and YouTube requires that you put in lots of time and effort but is becoming more and more essential. If you already have a huge online following than Instagram is often but if not give some of my tips a go…

Taking the photos
1. Wipe the camera
You want the photo to be as clear as possible so make sure there is no makeup or else on your lens
2. Find good lighting
Natural is usually best but I often use a soft box too
3. Find a good angle
Wether you are photographing you lunch or taking a selfie you need to find the best angle. Food often looks great from above and most of us have a best side but have fun with it.
4. Find good composition
Use props such as sunglasses, makeup bits and more when photographing objects to make the photo more interesting. Play around when taking outfit photos too and always consider the background. 
5. Take lots of photos
You want to have choices so take lots, you can easily delete them after

1. Don’t feel you have to use a filter
It’s dated to think you have to use a standard filter, there are so many other choices nowadays. 
2. Use other apps
My favourites are; Afterlight, FaceTune and VSCO Cam
3. Make sure it fits with your other photos
Use a similar editing technique for all your photos so that they all look good together
4. Remember sometime less is more
Be careful not to over edit and end up looking more like a cartoon than a human. 

Building a following
1. Post regularly
Instead of posting six times in a hour spread them out throughout the day and make sure you post a few times a day 
2. Pre take photos
My days aren’t always very photogenic so I like to pre-take them and keep them for more boring days
3. Like & Comment
We all like comments and likes but it’s also a great way to get your username seen
4. Follow people that inspire you
It’s great for inspiration and to interact with people similar to you
5. Post during key times
Test different times and find which works best for you. Remember that people are less likely to like your photo late at night as they may have already gone to sleep and also whilst they are at work. 

Leave all your tips in the comments and let me know if these have worked for you 

Also don’t forget to head over and follow me on Instagram too if you enjoyed this post! @a_littleobsessed 


  1. 17th May 2015 / 1:36 pm

    Some of these were really useful tips, I always struggle keeping up a theme on my Instagram, sometimes I just want to post Kim K and cat memes and I have to restrain myself. I'm loving all the editing you can do on Instagram now, without necessarily having to use a filter.

    Tia |

  2. 17th May 2015 / 2:05 pm

    I love these, they're on point.
    Taking a lot of photos is probably the best thing a person can do, because usually only one out of many is the one that works so having lots to go through is great.
    I'm trying to build my followers up on Instagram so this was a great read for me.

    Also hi fellow London blogger. :')

    Roxy xox |

  3. 17th May 2015 / 8:11 pm

    I always pre-take mine too on my proper camera then edit them before uploading from my phone – time consuming but worth it! These are all great tips and I will definitely be downloading the apps you mentioned 🙂 xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  4. 17th May 2015 / 9:14 pm

    Awesome Awesome tips! Couldn't agree more with wiping the camera… it helps soo much!

  5. 18th May 2015 / 8:43 am

    These are great tips! I use a soft box for my lighting too, it means I can take my images day or night and still get high quality pictures.

  6. 18th May 2015 / 8:45 pm

    we think very alike when it comes to instagram hun some great tips 🙂 and most of all have fun, instagram for me is lots of fun and then i get to meet other makeup addicts like yourself lol

    Missynadm xo

  7. 20th May 2015 / 3:46 pm

    I always find that making sure your profile is made up of a variation of photos is important too. Like not having too man selfies all in a row, but having a mix of different things to make your account interesting and breaking it up so your profile looks good overall and not just photos individually. Great tips though, useful to keep in mind when trying to build a sting Instagram profile! x

  8. 23rd May 2015 / 8:48 pm

    Thanks for tips)

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