Dishing Junk – The act of dispensing ideas of little value in a casual or silly manner.
Bookstagram(mers) are the new COOL kids of the book blogging world. First, the Book Tubers came along and pissed all in our cheerios and now it’s them + the bookstagram peeps. And what’s more annoying than spelling bookstagram? Seeing their pictures will all the stuff in and thinking – to compete with that I gotta spend a crap ton of money on tchotchkes that are gonna get full of dust and sit on my shelf taking up precious book space. But – if you are dying to get in on the craze, I have so not-so-good tips just for you!
Your photo will not be seen unless you use a hashtag. Hashtags are the way other can search for photos similar to the ones they post. Everyone who posts using #bookworm will all be in the happy #bookworm family. So…you want to be in as many groups as possible, so hashtag in every way you can. Instagram has ones that just pop up – click and click and click by just typing #. Then if it doesn’t pop up, make shit up. Who knows, you might start a trend.
Props make the #bookstagram. Without props you are taking a picture of a book. Oooh. No one has seen that before. No need to spend any money on props. Just grab whatever you have lying around and stick it in the picture. If you are confused, just color code it and make it awesome. Don’t second guess yourself, throw it in there and just do it. Sure, a dried up old leaf has nothing to do with the Steampunk book you are promoing…but it sure looks cool with that cover. It’s not about the book – it’s about the photo!
Lighting and Resolution
Any photographer will tell you lighting and resolution will make the image. Make sure you have the proper lighting and take the photos with a good camera. If worst comes to worst go outside and drop your book in the grass and take a photo. Outside lighting is the best, especially – well I’ve read – dawn and dusk. Then snap a picture of your sunset and get another great Instagram photo.
There are tons of great bookstagram peeps, get your ideas from them. I mean don’t copy them exactly – that would be – well I don’t know, it’s not really a copyright issue, but you know you don’t want to make anyone upset. Hashtag #oops
With the popularity of the iPhone and other phones that might be out there that are competitive with said iPhone – but I can’t name them, because who doesn’t use an iPhone? Not this girl. Well, use the iPhone to take your images, the resolution on the camera is as good as any fancy camera you can find at fancy camera stores. Then practice how you shoot, mess with angles and how you set up shots. Make it fun. Do things differently.
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