I absolutely LOVE the book community on Instagram. There are great books, great people, and most of all, great photos! If you are looking to start a bookstagram, or just wanting to post a picture of the book you're #currentlyreading, here are some tips on how to edit your pictures.
Part 1: Taking Your Photos
Now, before we start going to town, we need to prep for our bookstagram photo shoot. Make sure if you are taking your photos inside, you take them where there is a lot of natural light. I am fortunate enough to have a sun porch in my house that provides the perfect place to take my pictures, but you can take your pictures any place with lots of light. Windows, doors, and the hole in your roof are all perfect for natural light.
You also want to make sure the background of your photo is in order. If you're taking your picture in your bedroom or in front of a bookshelf, make sure that everything behind the focus of the picture is pleasing as well. Nobody and I mean nobody wants to see your dirty laundry on the floor behind your current read.
Tips for taking great photos:
Part 2: Consider the Photo you are editing
I'm going to show you the steps I use when I edit my pictures, but keep in mind that all photos are not equal. Your photos may start out a little darker or brighter than mine, or they might already be as sharp as possible, and that's okay! Just remember to use these steps as basic guidelines, not hard rules. It's all about playing around to find the perfect combination for your photos.
Part 3: Editing Your Photos
I use an app on my phone called Color Story, but just about any editing app that allows you to adjust the settings will work. I've also used PicMonkey and the Apple Photos app in the past.
1) Take your photo and open it up in your editing app.
2) Go to the tab where you can adjust the settings of the picture.
3) Next, turn up 'Clarity', 'Contrast', and 'Brightness'. Remember, a little goes a long way. Clarity will make your photo a little crisper, while contrast and brightness will brighten up the pictures.
4) I will then scroll over and turn up 'Saturation', 'Exposure', and 'Sharpen'. Saturation and vibrancy both help the colors in your pictures to pop. I only used saturation on this particular photo because vibrancy makes reds and pinks super bright and it didn't look good with my journal. Exposure brightens up your photo, and sharpen makes it extra crunchy.
*Bonus Tip: If you go to the 'Saved' tab and save the steps you just did as a filter, you won't have to the all the steps leading up to here ever again. This works great if you take your photos in the same location and the lighting stays about the same. Then, in the future, you will only have to crop your photos. #timesaver
5) Now, go back to the 'Tools' tab and tap on 'Crop & Frame'. Here we're going to work with 'Tilt' to angle the photo just right and 'Crop' to get rid of unnecessary edges. I also like to work with 'Perspective' when I'm dealing with flat lays if I find that my phone wasn't level with the floor when I took the photo.
Part 4: Admire Your Masterpiece
CONGRATULATIONS! You have received your (unofficial) Book Insider Certificate in Bookstagram Editing! Go out there and start taking pictures of all the books!
How do you edit your bookstagram photos? Let me know in the comments and also mention what types of blog posts you would like to see me do next!
From behind her camera,
You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.
— Ansel Adams
I can't believe that I am officially over halfway done with this volume of Precommendations! This series has been so much fun to do, and I am so glad I started it back in January. If you have any ideas for new series, please let me know in the comments on what types of posts you would like to see from me.
There really aren't very many YA books coming out in July, so this issue of Precommendations is kind of short. If I missed any of your most anticipated reads, let me know in the comments as well!
surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?
Compare to: All the Bright Places, by: jennifer Niven
This book sounds like it has some All the Bright Places vibes going on with it, which is another book I really enjoyed. Two kids with nothing in common one day become great friends. I really like that this book takes that idea and applies this new friendship to something very personal to one side of the relationship. I think something very thought-provoking and meaningful will come out of this book, and I can't wait to see what it is!
navigate secret romances, thorny relationships, and the London Tube. As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera… wearing only her polka dot underpants.
Compare to: Anna and the French Kiss, by: Stephanie Perkins
This book sounds like the perfect one to accompany you on your vacation this summer. Whether you are just going down the road or across the world, a book about travel is perfect for this time of year. I love to read books that are set in new places, especially in Europe. It's on my bucket list to do exactly what Sydney plans on doing, and this book seems to me like it's one step closer to accomplishing that. With that being said, I also think it will be interesting to see how Sydney handles all of the hurdles that come with traveling and being away from her mother.
Compare to: Windfall, by: Jennifer E. Smith
It just so happens that I finished Windfall not too long ago, and this book follows the same kind of plot line. I love Kasie West's writing, and I've been meaning to read another book by her, so seeing how her characters handle winning the lottery will be neat to follow. I have a feeling this version of teenage lottery winning will be a little more romantic than Windfall, so I am very excited to see how this story unfolds.
There you have it, folks, my most anticipated reads for July! If you are looking forward to a book I didn't include in this list, please let me know in the comments so I can check it out as well!
As her TBR continues to grow,
It doesn't matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books.
— Jo Walton (Among Others)
Where do you buy books? Let me know in the comments below!
While she shops for new books,
If I read a book that cost me $20 and I get one good idea, I've gotten one of the greatest bargains of all time."
What books are you looking forward to this month? Let me know in the comments below!
The girl who should be studying for finals,
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."
Queen Victoria the Enlightened
The tale of Queen Victoria begins on a calm spring afternoon. The rain had settled, and the sun came out to stay. King Arthur and Queen Charlotte of Barda were on their way back from a neighboring country, where they had settled a trade agreement. They were a very happy couple, as the queen was expecting her first-born child any day. What she didn’t know was that “any day” had come upon them.
What do you think about book clubs? If you have any book club recommendations for me, leave those in the comments!
While she contemplates starting a book club,
Why can't people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?"
Those are some of my favorite nerdy topics other than books. Do you have a favorite to recommend? Leave it in the comments below!
While she attempts everything nerdy at once,
Never apologize for being nerdy, because unnerdy people never apologize for being assholes."
What did you think of this month's challenge? Would you like to see me host my own challenge? Leave a comment below!
From her viewfinder,
The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."
What are some books that you feel like everyone except you has read? Leave a comment below telling me about it!
As she tries to read as much as she can,
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking."
Ashton is a high school girl with a passion for books. She also participates in other activities such as sports and musical groups.
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