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How to start in Instagram?

How to start in Instagram?

How to start in Instagram?

There is no defined procedure on how to upload your first photo so don’t worry to much and follow your artistic instincts!

One of my favorite things to do is to take a look at the first pictures posted by some of the most regular and recognised users today and believe me… we’ve come a long way!

The cool thing about the App is that it allows you to delete any picture if you no longer want it up there.

Is Instagram only for professional photographers?

No at all!  Instagram allows people like you and me to show off their photos.  You can immortalize ‘’daily routines’’, ‘’your workplace’’, ‘’your domestic pets’’ or ‘’your family’’ (I sometimes wonder if people care more about their pets than their family!)

The App gives you the opportunity to add an artistic touch to your pictures; it allows you to discover and experiment with your artistic side!

Another cool thing about the App is that you can have follower’s showing you appreciation for your work!!

As time goes by and inspiration starts to runs through your veins, you will begin to feel like a graphic designer or a professional photographer and your followers and the community will recognize and comment your work.

You can make photos of pretty much anything you set your eyes on, with or without effects.

Should i have my own style in Instagram?

As I mentioned before, you do not need to be a professional photographer.  In Instagram, what I call ‘’Social Mass Creativity’’ or the sum of all creativities, is what really counts.  This is in sharp contrast with small groups of artists showing their work in galleries.  Think of Instagram as a Global fee-less photo gallery.  No one pay’s and no one is obliged to stay.

All users have their own unique style and subjects, some love fields and prairies, others flowers, pets or clouds…  The important thing is not what you photograph but that you photograph according to your personal taste, let the real you come out in your pictures!

If you work on having your own unique and particular style, your followers will recognize you and that will be followed by comments in your ‘’Wall’’.  Your progression will be noticed and users will be awaiting your next photo upload.

What is being original in Instagram?

Originality comes in various formats, there is the one that is proper to artists such as Dali, Kandinsky or Picasso, unique and a once in a lifetime kind… such crazy minds they had!  Nevertheless, when looking through Instagram user pictures, you quickly notice that the platform is open to everyone and anyone that wants to experiment with pictures and filters.  This is especially true when you see that mothers are uploading pictures of their children on the way to school, who is to say this is not creativity and originality?

Can I copy other styles in Instagram?

You’re not feeling inspired?  Not a problem either!  You can find inspiration looking at other users pictures!  That’s a very normal creative process.

We live in a world where everything is remixed and re-launched, the old becomes new again.  This happens with creative and fusion cooking and re-editions of old songs, or songs where the deceased singer’s voices are re edited and inserted in duets with live artists… go ahead and get inspired by the millions of users that are posting right now.

The same thing happens in photography.  You can find inspiration in other user’s photos.  Ask your friends for some advice and try to learn new tips.  As in all activities, you will need to spend some time and dedication in order to see result.  Experience comes with time.

The Human side of Instagram

Human values are important in our everyday lives because they define who you are as a human being.  The same goes with Instagram where you should allow these values to flow freely through your pictures and communications with other.

I like to use the 3H concept (this one is my own copyrighted creation) to guide my activity in Instagram: Humor, Humanity and Humility.

– Humor: (the respectful kind) Humour and good fun often facilitate virtual human contact.

Humanity: It allow’s you to transmits feelings in the relatively short space allowed on the App… a few pixels worth of space.

Humility.  The best examples that come to mind is those of tennis players Federer and Nadal.  A lot of work and loads of humility define these two great athletes.

Keep in mind that users will be more appreciative of you efforts if you’re expressing something funny and human than if you’re just about astonishing shots and technique.

Be Respectful in Instagram!

Just like with Facebook, you should always be respectful in Instagram.  You have to think of your words and your pictures as an extension of your personality, those who follow you will associate you with what you post.

Respect is also important when commenting in other users “Feed Walls”.  It is not because Instagram user’s pictures are public that they don’t deserve respect in the comments others make.

Moreover, if you are ready to take an Instagram virtual relationship to another level and want to ask the user, the best way to do so is to request an email address and make your proposition privately.  For the moment there is no tool to contact “directly” with another user but this function will probably be implemented shortly.

What should I use Instagram for?

Your first interest in IG should be to share.  You can share whatever you want, whatever you feel, whatever moves you, the special moments in your life, your friends parties, your experiences, your holidays, work projects or simply inform about what is happening around you.

Just like Twitter, you have a “small window” in which you can let the world know about your feelings.

IG founders had the (excellent) idea of allowing people to write more than 140 characters! Unlike Twitter! Good job!

I believe that we will soon be witnessing new communication trends using Instagram and I will be talking about that very soon in another post.

This trend will probably develop when creative people, big companies and “marketing gurus” all around the world start to understand Instagram is a big untapped market and that there are countless advertising business opportunities to take advantage of.

For the moment being let’s take advantage of the “commercial virginity” of the tool and feel the essence of the community of users.  Let’s share “real experiences”.

Is Instagram addictive?

Totally!  It is much more addictive than Facebook or Twitter.

You will soon start to see all of your life through your iPhone camera!  Be careful!  Once you start there is no way back.

Why is it so addictive?

One of the main reasons is that you can express all your feelings and your sensitivity with total freedom.

There are many “Lolitas” on Instagram making a lot of hearts skip a beat by showing off their most attractive features, as you can see, there is an addiction for all types of people.

It’s still too soon to know how IG will evolve but for the moment, the platform is a very respectful one and user’s participation is confined to the “I like” button and the usual positive comments.

I have never seen any discouraging attitudes towards people just getting started, on the contrary.  Join now and see the world from a different view point!

@philgonzalez

Sent from my Iphone the 18.11.2011

63 Comments

  1. how to join?

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    • Hi Bella! With an iPhone Instagram is a lot easier because you can post anywhere at any time, but an iPod touch (what I use) and an iPad also work well. You just need to connect to wifi which is in most places.

      @kimberlillian

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      • how do i chanqe my profile picture . !

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    • i don’t know how to join too
      i have an iPhone

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        • Follow me on instagram : oliviapottsxo ….follow for follow like for like and sfs! Check it out! Post a lot!

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  2. Hi Bella Bellisima,
    You need and Iphone, download Instagram and read our post 1 and 2!
    Thanks!

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    • how do i chanqe my profile picture . ?

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  5. Is there anyway to sign up with instagram or webstagram without having an Iphone? to only use on the computer?
    Thanks!

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  6. hey I want join on instagram but I don’t have iphone.would you help me to making instagram account for me,pleaseee.thanks

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    • At the moment, its impossible to have an IG account without an Iphone my dear.. Probably in next few months but now now. At the moment you can check pics done by other trough webs browsers check our links section on this web. thanks

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      • Hi Phil, my iphone is temporarily recovering after a bad fall, but I will have it back soon. I would love to host an Instagramers event in Palermo, Sicily, and invite you in connection with the VintageFilmFest we’re doing here December at studio427. Need to talk. Speak soon. K

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        • Hi! Yes, please give me a kick and i put you in contact with IgersItalia group that can help too! Nice idea!

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  7. Hi everyone, my name is Luis and I’m from Mexico, I’m new on this stuff but I have to say it’s really addictive, anyway, just one question, I’ve synced my Twitter and Instagram acounts to post my pics in both sites at the same time, like I said, I’m new, I just started using this amazing app just yesterday and today I’ve logged in my Twitter account and seen a few pics I uploaded last night, so I clicked on the link to see the actual picture on my profile and just noticed I already have a follower, but I can’t acces the link to see who’s that person, is there a way to manage my account on Instagram and see who’s the follower among other things?

    Thanks in advance for your reply, have a great day. Cheers!

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    • You can look to our “apps” section and you will find a recent article about INstafrManager app!
      Very interesting app for managing your friends and followers. Hope it helps!

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  8. Hi!
    just want to know if its possible to have Instagram on an LG phone?
    plz help me!
    -Othilie

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    • It´s impossible at the moment. Instagram is only available for iPhone although the company is developing an Instagram app for Android according to its owners.

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      • Okay.
        -it’s just that it looks so cool, and i love taking photos! Im really looking forward to it!

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  9. I am just starting an Instagram acct and i cant figure out how to upload pics. HELP!

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    • in the central icon in the app in the footer bar.. and then you choose your pics, etc, etc.. :-)

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  10. if i delete instagram off my iphone and then reinstall it again, will i loose all my pictures etc?

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  14. Hi Dears, i would like to be part of instagrammers and get photos for my blog. What do I have to do? Thanks
    Heike

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  15. Uh.. Hey!

    I’m having problems with my instagram.. Whenever I upload pics from my phone gallery to instagram it just messes up.. How can I fix this problem? Please answer ASAP.. Please.. For Pete’s Sake..

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  16. Hello Instagrammers!!!

    Can you help me with my problems?

    Well, when i choose pics to be uploaded in my Instagram, it splits by itself..

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    -Add tags to your stuff. That way when people search tags, they will see your posts.

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  24. Can someone help me? I have already taken some pics on Instagram and they showed up in Instagram and on my Iphone4s. Recently as of the last 3 days no sooner do I take a pic then the app shuts down and returns to my phones front page . What can I do to get back to taking pics to post? I have tried deleteing the app and reloading it several times. I have tried at dif locations (ie. work, home, resturant) and still same thing happens. Any suggestions?

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  26. I’m having a hard time posting pics. I don’t know what to do ! Is it because I’m using a laptop computer instead of a I-pad or tablet ? Please help me, please I’m desperate to get on there with family and friends. I’m dis-abled from M.S and the internet is pretty much the only outside conversation I have, I really don’t like being on the phone, I prefer my computer….

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