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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

How I Instagram // iPhone Set-Up

I'm definitely on Instagram a lot more than I should be. I think I got the app NYE, right before 2012. So, in two years, I've accumulated a number of followers that I never thought I could have. When I post, I think of framing it, the colors, and for the most part, I always prefer to photograph in natural daylight. My posts are taken with my iPhone, with the exception of vacation/event photos that were probably taken with my SLR. Read more to see what apps I use and how I plan out my photos. I've also included how my phone is currently set up.




I have a 32GB iPhone 5S, Champagne color. I use this to photograph on a daily basis. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I use the same filter for every single one of my photos. My favorite app is VSCO. They have the best preset filters that I have ever seen and it's so simple and easy to use. My go-to preset is "05" which is part of the Legacy Package.


This is what the app looks like. As you can see, it's got a ton of filters and a ton of other editing options. You can edit the brightness, temperature, sharpness, cropping, rotation, and more. 



My Instagram has a lot of pictures. They range from selfies, ootd, food, product shots, etc. I like to take my outfit photos in either a mirror shot or a "from where I stand" point of view.


I used to take grid shots, but after a while, I really just wanted to make things a lot simpler. Plus, I hate having those white borders show, and even when I selected no border, those collages just started to look weird to me. When I do #OOTD posts, they're usually either a mirror shot or a "look down" shot.


For product shots, or anything, really, I like shooting with a plain/light background. At home, I typically place items on my Ikea faux fur rug. It's right by my window so I always get a lot of natural lighting in it.

 

I'm one of those annoying people that takes a picture of their food before I eat it. I don't mind sitting up from my seat for 5 seconds to get that perfect table shot. The left photo was taken at a Japanese restaurant in Brooklyn and the right photo is from Amorino Gelato.


Oh the art of the #Selfie. I don't take many "solo-face-selfies." But when I do, it's usually with Marco. Again, I only like to take these photos in natural light, frame it just right, and boom. There's my post.

As for my iPhone, there's really nothing special about it. I like to keep things simple and organized. This is my current set-up:


For my lockscreen, I like to have black and white. These were photos taken from a video on the Brooklyn Bridge. To the right is the organization of my apps on the first page. You can see the second page in the photos above about VSCO. That's where all my "Folders" are.


So, there it is. A couple basic things about my phone, Instagram, and how I take my photos. I know that this could have been a lot more thorough, but I'm kind of procrastinating right now and I really should get to my art history homework... Oops. It's about that time of the year. Finals.

Well, I hope everyone had a great day today/has a great day (depending when you're reading this.) I'm open to suggestions for future blog post ideas, so comment, message me, whichever. Listed below are some other apps that I like to use for my photos.






8 comments

  1. Hey Alyssa, I agree VSCOcam is so simple to use (: but I was wondering why your lockscreen doesn't say 'slide to unlock'? xx

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    1. It really is! And on my phone, it just doesn't. I guess because of the thumbprint ID? Thanks for reading! :)

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  2. This is so helpful! I love all your instagram shots and they always look so nice and they are always taken at the perfect angle. I have a quick question however, How do you take pictures of your phone, like with it unlocked & on a screen like instagram and the picture not like be extremely dark? (like you have pictured) Mine never comes out right. xx

    -Darianne | She Wrote Today

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    1. Thank you so much! I put it on a low brightness on the iPhone and my lens allows a lot of light in so that I can capture it. It's a Canon Rebel T3i with a 50mm f/1.8 lens if that helps!

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  3. I really enjoyed this post!! The way you set up your phone is so organized too :P
    Do you think you could do a post about your iPad and your uses for it and whatnot ? :)
    i'm interested in seeing your ipad setup too !

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  4. thanks for this post ! why dont you consider jailbreaking the 5s like you did with your previous iphones ? :O

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    1. I just don't feel the need to have a jailbreak on my phone haha. And my boyfriend has had glitches on his that I'd rather not risk having issues with it anymore.

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