Tea or Coffee? I fancy having a hot chocolate. Instagram: A Millennial Obsession, a platform in which a generation can unnecessarily document their lives. A place where grainy vacation iPhone pictures instill jealousy amongst peers. A cynical, yet realistic explanation about Instagram; but, to all the naysayers, I must add that Instagram is much more than my two-sentence explanation: It’s a platform for startup businesses, bloggers, artists, & photographers to share their ingenuity.
Some people just have fun with the app, sharing any photo. But, there are others who think beyond posting a nice photo. I’m one of those people. If you know me, then you know I take Instagram very siriusly ( I told you there would be Harry Potter puns). As a creative person with no time to paint, photography for Insta has become my creative outlet. Think of it as a fashion collection, each outfit is stunning individually, but there’s a cohesiveness tying all the pieces together. The same applies to my Instagram.
I thought I was the only non-professional photographer that took their Instagram so seriously- it turns out I’m not. My bestie Hailey, a fellow millennial , is an Instagram extraordinaire. We both follow the unwritten rules of achieving the “bloggers instagram”.
Our Instagram Feeds
I. Pick a color scheme and stick to it:
I’ve affectionately coined my insta “Evgenia’s Blue Period”: all of my photos have some blue tone, accented by whites and greys. You, of course, don’t have to stick to one color; you can use slowly post photos that transition you into a different color scheme.
Tip: If a one photo happens to have a splash of yellow in it, the third follow up picture also has a hint of yellow to tie it together. ex: the yellow eggs match my yellow Polaroid camera.
II. Pick your overall lighting:
Hails and I both love bright lighting, thus all of our pictures are bright. This adds to the cohesiveness. I’m terrible at breaking the uniformity and successfully transitioning my feed to a different lighting. Hailey on the other hand, is a pro at this. If you look at her feed, you’ll see two all white photos that have slightly darker lighting, allowing her to transition and play around a bit with lighting.
Fun Fact: To solve the problem of cohesive lighting, pick one filter for all you photos.
III. Match Your Shapes:
This sounds weird, but hear me out. To get all your photos to flow, look at the shape of your photo’s subject or location. Then try to match those shapes in follow up pictures.
Hails does a brilliant job of that. See the painting of the woman with her elbow bent? The picture right above it has a fence with that similar triangle shape. Van Gogh’s Irises match with the ferns three photos down. The bent leg jumping matches with the diamond shape art. Visually, this is cohesive heaven.
IV. We’re not above stylizing:
Who cares if I get called pretentious? Nothing beats a good stylized photo. I get my inspiration from Damsel in Dior & Madewell . Overhead shots are most common for stylized photos.My only advice is be wary of your shadow being in the frame.
Now, you can call me crazy for adhering to these “rules”, but frankly my dear I don’t give a damn (the nerd inside of me is proud, a Harry Potter and Gone with the Wind film reference in one post). No, but, in reality, I completely understand saying that this is slightly absurd; however, I love this process. I don’t care about likes or documenting everything I do. It’s thrilling to collect an array of photos and arrange them. It’s creative and visually challenging. Even if no one else notices, I smile looking at my ‘fashion collection’.
And with that, I conclude a millennial ‘s explanation of artsy Instagram. To those who have always been confused about my love for insta, I hope you see my perspective and understanding of this photo-sharing application. May your weekend by filled with sunshine and lollipops!
Disclaimer: I’m not speaking for all millennials; I’m just sharing my own thoughts