With over 70 million active daily users, Instagram has become one of the fastest growing and popular social media platforms today. It’s an easy way to show your friends, family and others your story through photography. It’s also become one of the most popular platforms for hair inspiration. From pixies and braids to color work, it’s quite possibly the fastest way to grow your personal brand and salon business!
Instagram gives all hair artists a platform to show potential clients exactly what they are capable of. But there’s more to it than snapping a quick picture and posting it to your Instagram. If you want to stand apart from the rest, you need to take time to set up the shot. By taking different angles, mastering composition and creating a consistent style, others that view your work will know that it belongs to you...without looking at your name!
Since editing is one of the most important elements of posting amazing Instagram photos, we are going to share a few power tips that will take your hair posts from good to great!
1. Image Cropping: Instagram has a standard square image size with every single post, so keep in mind that if you shoot in portrait or landscape, your image will have to be cropped to match the 1x1 image size. There’s a few different ways to go about sizing your image outside of the Instagram app.
HOT TIP: Rule of Thirds! You know those handy grids on your photo during the cropping process? The point with these grids is to pick where you want to draw the attention of the eye. Where the grid crosses each other is going to be your strongest points of the images, meaning, that is right where the eye will go when it first see’s the image. Your focus point needs to be what you want to showcase the most……yes the hair, because we are showcasing our work right?
Use LAYOUT to Create Collages or the Mirror Effect: Created by Instagram, LAYOUT automatically places your images in a square format and then you have the option to create a fun collage or even the popular mirror effect to your images.
Instasize: This free app is great for when you have a photo that you want to keep in its original format (not the 1x1 standard size). Instasize lets you insert any size of image within the square so you won’t lose any image. You can choose a border color to coordinate with your images – we suggest a clean black or white border with your images.
2. Image Clean Up: Now that we have our image cropped and the eye drawn to exactly what we want, lets start the clean up process. We can’t always control our lighting, but with photo editing applications available on our devices we are capable of editing as if the image was dropped into photoshop. A couple of things to keep in mind during the clean up process are: choose your style – do you like subtle and mute colors, deep and rich or maybe just clean and sharp? Once you have your style picked out, not only will this help to keep your Instagram feed consistent but it will also help brand yourself! Less is more; don’t overkill on the editing. Viewers tend to engage more with a photo that looks realistic and professional. Ok now that we’ve got the key points covered, lets take you into the clean up process.
Open up the AVIARY app and that's where we will begin a mild image clean up.
Filters: The first icon on the bottom is the filter options. This app has a wide variety of filters to use and can accommodate most styles. Select the filter you want to apply, and adjust the opacity dial at the bottom to your liking. Keep in mind that we want to accent the hair and keep the image professional looking. Hit the check mark to save.
Within the FADED app you have the options to add color overlays as well. When you have an image that is pulling strong red castings, try adding a blue color overlay and adjusting the opacity to a low number and this will balance out your colors.
Now you have a clean cropped and edited image!
HOT TIP: We suggest using a watermark on your images.This will help to brand yourself and it also helps to prevent someone else from taking your photo, reposting it and not giving you credit! We suggest using the app called IWATERMARK. This lets you upload your actual watermark and quicly place on images!
What apps do you use to edit your photos for Instagram? Do you have a specific method that you use to retouch your photos? Share you comments in the box below!
Show the hair world your talent and start sharing! We hope this helps you to understand the importance of the images but also creating excitement to really brand yourself!
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