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I tried something new on Instagram

Discussion in 'Design Den' started by Floris, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. Floris

    Floris I'm just me :) Hi. Staff Member

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    I tried something new on Instagram, and it's so not me. But, it's fun to do and I was in the mood for it.

    My instagram by the way is: https://www.instagram.com/mrfloris/

    Normally I don't really focus on editing pictures too much when it comes to Instagram, or to play the whole game of telling the audience what to do. I feel that if they scroll through pictures and see something they like, they will either enjoy it, like it, or perhaps leave a comment. Maybe follow me, interact and we become friends. If not, no big deal. I am who I am, and I aim at the most to take nice to great pictures that I like, and I like to share with the world (by the way, loads of them, I do not because I keep them for a library I am building, or for print and personal reasons).

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    But the last week I have been trying out the Instagram features like Multiple, Story, and Call to Action. As many - many - many, many do. It's not really my thing, but, still.

    I've loaded a few pictures that I took and added them in the multiple thingy, so you have to swipe to see more. This has a few pros and cons, one being that the picture is a square (maybe in the future they allow widescreen etc.)

    And I have put a few up where I basically tell what to do (in a friendly manner), like double-tap this, or swipe to ..

    I also tend to not overuse #hashtags, but this week I have been trying to just over-use them a tiny bit.

    Just to see what the response is, the interaction, if it makes a difference, and if I am happy with it.

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    The little [ []] icon etc should disclose which ones are multiple ones that require an interaction, and the text is obvious. In the app there's a bit more to see obviously.

    I think it improves on a few levels, but you compromise on a few other levels, when it comes to photography. But how serious do you (me) want to take Instagram photography?

    Looking forward to hearing a few opinions as to what you think of this, or Instagram as a whole.

    Anyway, as you can see here, it's a picture clearly made to call for that happy feeling that the nice Spring weather awakes in us, and a direct call for action by asking to double-tap to start Spring.

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    And these two pictures are clearly edited for composite and their own actions. Kitty is sleepy, and then when you pet her, she gives you attention and a little heart is there - indirectly saying "share the <3 and double tap" and provoke another action. The pictures were originally widescreen and not so soft, and had no text, not made for a square or to be swiped. But this is friendly, it's provoking a happy feeling and targeted at cat-lovers on Instagram. But of course it takes away from the quality of the picture. The detail, the HDR effect, and the brightness gets replaced by noise in the picture.

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    It's hard to explain in a few paragraphs what I mean with what I try to do here, or why. And how I use it to move forward. I like Instagram as a hobby, it's one of the handful of items in my workflow for my photography hobby. The "these are nice" pictures that I don't keep for the library and are okay to share with the world lend themselves perfectly fine for Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Where I just share what I might be up to today, or what's going on with me (or my kitty, horses, etc).

    It's also a platform, but mainly for the advertisers, for the rest of us, it's just a means to an end, a social network where we share pictures of our selfies, our food, our travels, and our pets.

    Just trying to spice it up to see how that's received. And overthinking it a tiny bit too much perhaps.
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2017
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