Tips for You Novice Instagram Users

If you reply to someone’s comment be sure to @mention them or they won’t know you replied.

If you #hashtag and your settings are set to “private”, no one will see your #hashtags except those who are following you.

If you want to gain more followers, don’t make your pictures private, and #hashtag the heck out of them for broader reach. Update and edit your #hashtags on older pictures to gain new followers. (No need to pay for followers, unless you really want to).

Discover who followed you or un-followed you via unfollowers.com (it works for Twitter too).

Use filters (not just the Instagram ones) to brighten, crop and play up your photos. I’m partial to Camera+ and Aviary, occasionally BeFunky. There are a million out there, so go play and have fun.

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to have fun on Instagram. Lighting and angles are key, as are filters. But the overall point is to share a story via a picture. As they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words. ☺

This photo was taken with my iPhone 6 with a Camera+ filter applied in Old Salem, NC.

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