For a constant creative outlet I just can’t beat instagram. I’m not fussy or precious with my account Natalie99james. I post work from my client shoots as well as our family times, all these moments are part of my day to day life that I like to capture. I follow a wide range of different accounts too. It’s incredible and inspiring to see day after day the stunning creative work that just keeps pouring out of people.
I am not a particularly gadget or “app” person but I do love Instagram and listening to podcasts. So, I was completely delighted when I came across this podcast on Instagramming #HashtagAuthentic – a fantastic podcast by the beautifully spoken Sara Tasker. She interviews creative people from different creative fields who own successful artistic businesses and instagram accounts. I look forward to her weekly shows just as I would a coffee catch up with an old friend. Actually, she has just released a book with the same name featuring all her advice and stunning images.
I often get asked the steps I take to get my images onto Instagram. So here goes a quick step by step guide.
I either take the photo on my iPhone or on my DSLR Nikon D7000, or sometimes on the GoPro. I then upload to my computer into Lightroom where I do all my basic edits.
-brightness (always bumped up a bit)
-contrast (always increased a bit)
-shadow (lightened depending on photo)
-sharpening and noise reduction (always increased)
-crop the image into a square shape
-clean up the image using the spot remove tool
-I transfer the images back to my phone using Airdrop, it’s the fastest and easiest way to move images around.
-Sometimes I will open the photo in VSCO and add a filter to it. I very rarely leave the filter at its full strength.
-In the VSCO editing app I add a white border around the image
-I save the image as a medium resolution to be used for my next Instagram post.