Take Beautiful Pictures with Instagram

I get random questions from people all the time, “Ingrid, how do I block my Aunt Beatrice who won’t stop tagging me in pictures that are not even of me?” These are the things I know. These are simple things to me, but to some of you figuring this out is like wrestling with air: impossible. So I always love your input on what to learn and how you can better use your social media skills to influence your tribe and build your readership.

What is happening in my social media world? My new obsession: Instagram!

Yes, I am a little bit late to this game, I know. (It is very rare that I am tardy, but on this one my friends, I AM!) My friends have all had it for a few years, and I have watched them. I have played with it many times, but it was for the “elite” iphone users. I have had T-mobile for years, and yes, they lock you into a contract, and then you are stuck. But Instagram for Android was released a few months ago, and I hopped on the bandwagon with no convincing.

Instagram is doing well. In case you didn’t know, Facebook bought Instagram for 1 billion dollars. You don’t even know what Instagram is? Well, check this out. Here is a picture of mine; right now I am at the Telluride Blue Grass festival.

What is Instagram? Instagram is a free and fun way to share your life with family and friends with edited fun photos. Each picture is taken through your iphone or android phone. You then choose to edit your photo through with very different filters. Instagram’s intuitive set up lets you link your photo to your social media world, either via Twitter or Facebook.

As an author, Instagram can be a valuable tool in using pictures to tell stories about your life and the life of your books.

1. Maybe if it is a novel, you can post pictures of things related to your characters; be creative. I would love to hear your ideas about how you can use this tool to create more buzz and excitement for your books.

2. Connect with your audience, your readers, and your friends. Publish your fun photos. Be creative and show a little bit of your world without intruding into your private world. Use this as a valuable tool to connect. It is a necessity to connect with your readers visually. Help paint them pictures of things you want them to understand about your books.

3. Hash tag your photos like you do on Twitter, and if you can, pick the same Twitter name for your Instagram name. I would love to hear your feedback and see your Instagram photos.

Follow me at @gridlocked on Instagram and Twitter. ☺ Let’s take beautiful and inspiring pictures.

P.S. My favorite new joke: How much does a hipster weigh? An Instagram. If you don’t get it, don’t worry. 🙂

8 Replies to “Take Beautiful Pictures with Instagram”

  1. My friend has been bugging me to go with Instagram, I own three cameras, a real photo buff, and use my own pictures on FaceBook and my blog, and yet, I was dragging my feet with Instagram. Then I open my email to find your post on it. Guess it is a “sign”. Now I have to give in and give it a try. In fact, my homework this weekend will be to play with it and use a picture I take with it in my post next week 🙂

    1. Pamela! I hope you have so much fun… watch out. I am an addict. I guess there are worse things to be addicted to… 😉

  2. I’m not into instagram yet, but I’m hooked on Hipstamatic! I’ve been using the photos on my blog with my film and lens choices for others who might like the effects

    1. I love Hipstamatic too!! The sharing part of Instagram… building a tribe… that’s the part of Instagram that is so valuable.

  3. Question: I have an android now. I have never learned to use it to it’s full capabilities. In the meantime husband got an iPad with a great deal to get the iPad and iPhone at the same time he needed to upgrade his old smart phone. He had been trying to decide weather to get an android or iPhone. Well he got the iPhone. And he is very diligent to learn how to use this tool. And it takes awesome pictures.

    So I am counting the months until I qualify to upgrade and I plan to join the iPhone community.

    The question? If I get the app for my android, will I have to start all over when I upgrade to an iPhone this fall?

    1. No you won’t Sharon. Your user name and password will carry over! Best- 🙂

  4. This is good stuff to know. I’m usually about two years behind in technology!

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