How to Instagram like a Fashion Pro

by LaV enStyle

With Facebook’s recent purchase of Instagram for $1 Billion and the app’s expansion to Droid phones there is sure to be a whole lot more of Instagraming going on. Having become an Instagram user with the app’s intial launch, you could say I have quite a bit of “Instalove” for the app.

For those of you not on the Instagram bandwagon yet (or you recent Droid users), Instagram is  “inspired by the Polaroid camera. First, Instagram is for taking pictures, adding filters to make them look retro, and then for sharing them with sites like Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, and Facebook. And second, it’s a simple social network of other people’s photos. You can “like” or comment on the photos, and see what’s new. It’s easy and doesn’t take much time or effort. This is one of the reasons it has become so popular so quickly,” according to Business Insider.

Anyone can master the easy-to-use app with its basic photo filters; however, see a few of my tips below to create more advanced photos and the perfect spotlight to feature your fashionable life!

1. Multiple photos in one frame

Instagram + Photo Collage

Do you ever see your followers or following using multiple photos in one frame? If so and you want to join in you need to download one or two other apps. There are a variety of other apps you can use in conjunction with Instagram; however, I prefer Photo Collage and Diptic. These apps cost about $1.99 each but are definitely worth it. You can use them to upload multiple photos or the same photo and zoom in or out to highlight different parts of the photo. These apps are great for fashionistas who want to highlight parts of their outfits. As shown, in my second photo the three frames on Diptic allow me to give close-ups of my necklace and bracelets, as well a full body shot of my complete outfit.

2. Double filters

Double filter

Double Filter

Using multiple filters can create unique and interesting looks to any photo. I use multiple filters by either taking screenshots on my phone (holding down the top and middle, circular button simultaneously). Another way is to filter your desired photo and save it to your camera roll. Then choose the same photo and run the now filtered photo through the filters again, creating a double filter effect. Using a double effect for photos of clothing or accessories can enhance its aesthetic, creating a stand-out look and enhancing the appearance of the item itself.

3. Photoshop Express

Photoshop Express

Photoshop Express is a free app that allows you to alter your photos by using different frames, filters, altering brightness, color, and much more. While it’s not as extensive as the computer version, Photoshop Express allows you a lot of freedom to alter your photos in any way you like and it’s free!  See my example above.

4. Find and gain followers

Using hashtags on your photos will allow you to be more searchable to other users. Much like Twitter, hashtags can be used for anything you post.  For example, using the hashtag #chicago allows you to be found by anyone searching #chicago and allows you to view all other users photos that used that same hashtag.

5. Follwer Instagram fashion Insiders

Many brands and companies use Instagram to give followers behind-the-scenes looks at inside the company. Instagram was used highly during fashion week this season by editors and PR people alike. See some of my favorite users to follow below.

1. Free people (@freepeple)
2. Rebecca Minkoff (@rebeccaminkoff)
3. Bergdorfs (@Bergdorfs)

For more top fashion insiders  on Instagram see the  Fashionista.com article “The 11 Best Fashion Insiders to Follow on Instagram”

While I am not all that excited about Facebook buying Instagram, I am interested to see what is in store for the app because there are bound to be  changes. I would like to see Instagram access via the computer. What are your thoughts? Share your Instagram tips here!

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