How To Use Stock Photos For Instagram
Tapping into time-saving resources like stock photos for Instagram is how savvy business owners are winning at their social media strategy.
But you might be wondering: What if I want to add some of my own photos into my feed? How can I blend them in with Wellness Stock Shop images and maintain the beautiful, naturally polished look?
Or maybe you're thinking: I'm not a professional photographer, won't my photos look ugly next to stock photos?
Or even: Can I still maintain an authentic feed using stock images?
Personally, I think it's important to sprinkle in an occasional selfie or behind-the-scenes shot in order to maintain a more personable connection with your followers.
Here's what you'll learn:
- The #1 most important ingredient for a good photo (pssst... it's super simple, but no amount of editing will fix this if you get it wrong)
- My favorite photo filters to give your snapshots a beautifully (natural) polished look
- How to create a balanced Instagram feed so that your own snapshots blend beautifully with stock photos
Psst... If the mention of "selfies" and sharing your own photos prompts a mini heart attack, just breathe friend.
I've got some easy tips you're going to love.
1. Use Natural Lighting
Before we get to the editing bit, we need to have a heart-to-heart. No photo filter will fix ugly lighting.
This is the #1 most important thing you need to get right when taking your snapshots.
If you use poor lighting, like indoor lamp light or on-camera flash, there is no way to fix your photo. It will simply look ugly.
Please raise your right hand and commit here + now to only ever use natural lighting for your photos.
PRO TIP: Natural window light creates a beautiful, soft look for your photos.
2. Apply A Filter
BTW, pro photographers always apply a filter (also called presets) to their photos.
You'll want to try to match that finished look on your snapshot.
Personally, I don't recommend using any filters inside the Instagram app. They're outdated and often give your photo a "muddy" look.
Instead, I recommend using an editing app such as A Color Story.
Even a light filter with the slightest adjustments to contrast and brightness can transform your photo.
You'll be amazed by the difference it makes.
PRO TIP: If you're trying to blend your photos in with Wellness Stock Shop photos, you'll want to choose filters that are minimal with a natural feel.
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3. Balance Your Feed
Sprinkling personal shots evenly throughout your feed creates a balanced look.
As a general rule, you want to avoid posting several of the same type of photo in a row, or stacking them one on top of the other. This causes congestion.
Need some help with your feed? Check out these 5 popular Instagram grid layouts.
PRO TIP: Make sure all the images you use match your branding look. Not only will this create a cohesive feed, it will maintain a more professional appearance.
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