Good evening everyone and happy Wednesday! I hope you’re all having a good day and aren’t plagued by your stupid decision not to wear sunblock while at the pool for hours like me. But hey, if you’re being stupid you can bet on getting some sort of punishment for it. There’s no one but myself to blame after all.
ANYWAYS, what we’re all here for is a new blog post right? So let’s stop rambling and jump into a couple of tips I’ve gathered for you guys all relating to bookstagram and how to make your experience over there easier and more fun!
And if you haven’t seen my previous post, I talked all about how I set up, take and edit my pictures for bookstagram – all in one place with a quick video showing you the settings I use for editing, check it out here.
Let’s just start this off with one of the most talked about things when it comes to bookstagram: props and the number of them that you ‘need’ for your pictures. Which is actually zero (not counting the book(s) you use, of course). You don’t need to use any props if you don’t want to for whatever reason.
But if you do want to use them and are just starting out and can’t afford to spend a ton of money on bookish merch, you can start by using what you already have at home!
Mugs of coffee/tea always make for a great prop, notebooks (I feel like most of us have at least a few we don’t really use to their full potential), flowers (you can get them pretty cheap at the supermarket if you want to) or blankets, scarfs, big sweaters, etc! You might already have more props than you think you do.
Now, if you’ve maybe been doing bookstagram for a while and have collected quite a few props it’ll make your life much easier when you have them all in one place. You can grab them when you set up your pictures and you know exactly where they’re supposed to go once you’re done.
I keep my most used ones in a box that I got with some cookies on my desk near my kitchen (which is where I take my pictures) and I just have to grab that one item when I collect everything to take the pictures.
Books = Props
Us bookworms probably have at least a few more books on our shelves and they make for great props too! You can line them up nicely and have them act as a background, place other books on top or just have them peek up on either side of the picture you’re taking.
They also help grab someone’s eye when they stumbled upon your picture! Cait over at paperfury recently shared how she uses other books to draw in more people to her pictures and Cait is killing the bookstagram game, so I feel like this is something we can all learn from her (among many, many other things).
Personally, I love following accounts that have a coherent theme or style to their pictures because I know what kind of pictures to expect from them. Since we’ve already talked about Cait at this point, her account has a very clear theme going on and I love it. I recognize her pictures on my feed without ever having to look at who actually posted. There are a few accounts like that on my feed and I love them all.
But not only is having a coherent theme going to hopefully make your pictures more recognizable – it’ll also make taking pictures easier for you because you already put down the base work to figure out what kind of pictures you want to take. Now all you have to do is place the items you want to include.
Switching Up Themes
Here’s something I realized rather quickly: having a theme can negatively impact your motivation to take pictures.
For example, for a few weeks, I would alternate between uploading a picture that featured orange flowers and one that had white flowers and while it was fun at first, I quickly fell out of love with this particular theme but also didn’t want to take new photos to fit that ongoing theme.
So I switched up my theme again. My pictures are still bright and colorful, but the background is mainly the same and I just play around with different colors for the books and the way I photograph them.
I actually switch up my theme quite regularly – about once a month, I think. And while it would probably be a lot more helpful towards growing my following on Instagram if I stuck to the same theme/style – I switched over to a bookstagram account because I loved taking pictures of my books and sharing my love of them with everyone else.
This post was originally going to be ten tips, but I quickly realized that I was once again talking too much and this post would’ve ended up being close to 2.000 words and I don’t think we have that much time on our hands to read all of them. Instead, I decided to group my tips by category and share an entire post all about picture taking/editing tips next week!
For my fellow bookstagram lovers (whether you post too or love to follow bookstagram people) what’s your take on props and/or themes? Do you prefer a set theme or do you like whenever someone posts a variety of different images? Let me know in the comments down below!