A Guide to Instagram
REGISTER AND SETUP
And let us skip this. I am sure if you have decided to use Instagram, you should be able to manage this step.
LETS GET SOCIAL
Instagram is an isolated social app that lives inherently on mobile, it’s important to connect social accounts to get the most out of the experience. Link your Instagram to your Twitter and Facebook.
Go to Profile Tab > Edit Sharing Settings then choose the network you want to connect.
Each time you upload a photo to Instagram, you’ll have the option to share to each of the social networks you’ve enabled, or to none. If you choose to share to no social networks, the photo will post only to Instagram, viewable only by those users who follow you on the app. (More on social sharing in another Post.)
INSTAGRAM’S MAIN TABS
The five tabs you’ll use most often on Instagram are along the bottom of any screen in the app.
Here’s a rundown of what you can accomplish in each of the five tabs along the bottom:
- The Home tab (shaped like a house on the far left of the row) takes you to your main page, where you’ll see your friends’ photos and yours in chronological order, newest first.
- The Explore tab (shaped like a star), lets you find posts and people to follow that Instagram thinks you’ll like.
- The Camera tab (the blue button in the center) is what you’ll push to take a photo using the Instagram app.
- The News tab (a heart inside a talk bubble, to the right of the Camera button) is where you can see the photos that your followers have liked, or a list that details both the people who have liked your photos and your newest followers.
- The Profile tab (shaped like a page from a website or magazine, on the far right) is where you edit your profile, see all the photos you’ve posted, view your photo map, see the photos you’ve been tagged in by friends, and see a list of the Instagramers you follow, as well as who is following you.
ADD A PHOTO TO INSTAGRAM
Tap the camera button in the center of your Instagram navigation panel
Choose a picture already saved to your phone. If you choose the latter, click the double-square button on the lower-left of the screen.
By default, Instagram activates your device’s camera, so you may either choose to snap a picture or use one already in your album.
If you choose a photo from your albums, keep in mind that Instagram sizes photos to perfect squares. Therefore, if you select a photo that was originally taken horizontally (landscape), you’ll have to crop some portions of the image — either that, or live with the default black border
Apply or not apply a Filter
Another celebrated editing option on Instagram, tilt-shift allows you to selectively focus certain planes of the photo, almost as if you were using a special DSLR lens. Tilt-shift gives the appearance of an altered depth of field, which can make smartphone snaps look stunning when used wisely.
Before saving your photo, test a few other edit options. Tap the sun icon on the lower-left of the edit screen to apply the Lux effect — essentially, an auto-enhance button that enriches the colors in your image.
Additionally, the curved arrow to the right of the frame option rotates your image, and the next camera icon flips your camera front-facing so you can take a picture of yourself.
Type the best Caption for your photo, an anecdote, or really anything your social networks would enjoy. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: HASHTAG, HASHTAG HASHTAG and @mention people, especially if you plan to share via Twitter
Once your photo is ready to go, click the green checkmark. This brings you to the social sharing screen.
The caption will be the text of the tweet, and the app will file hashtags and @mentions accordingly.
If you’ve enabled location services, you even have the option to tag where you took the photo. Then, depending on what networks you’ve linked to Instagram, toggle the accounts to share across those platforms.