Bookstagram Tips: Photographing And Editing

Hey everyone and welcome back to my second round of tips to make your bookstagram experience more fun and hopefully easier! If you missed it, I shared five tips about props and bookstagram themes/styles so make sure you check them out too!

For today’s post, we’re going to be talking about some tips regarding photographing and editing the pictures you’re going to use for your bookstagram accounts – or just your account in general! I do hope these will be of some benefit to you guys whether you’re already quite experienced with bookstagram or want to start out!

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By no means do you need an expensive camera to be able to take bookstagram pictures.

I’ve been using the camera on my phone ever since I started sharing pictures on Instagram and it’s always worked fine for me. Right now, I have a Huawei P9 with a 13MP camera that I use for my pictures.

Obviously, there’ll be differences between taking pictures in good light vs. in barely any light – but that’s the case with pretty much any camera, I would imagine.

Another benefit to taking pictures with your phone is that you don’t have to transfer your pictures elsewhere to edit/upload them. You can do it all from one device and even on the go without having to bring a heavy camera on top of an already heavy book! Win-Win, is what I would call that!

Natural Light

I take all of my pictures underneath the window in my kitchen and I can usually take pictures there no matter what time of the day it is, at least during the long summer days. We’ll see how this works out during the much shorter winter days.Β You could probably get a lightbox and make your set up fancier, but that’s an additional cost so if you can work around it, do it!

Also, something to keep in mind is that if you use your regular ceilings lights, those might mess with the overall colors of your pictures (mine will often turn out a bit too much on the yellow/peach side of things – plus, it often adds shadows I can’t work around) which means you have to edit your pictures more.

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This is something I’ve only started using about a month or so ago, but it’s been great. The one I’m currently using is a light brick wall which balances colors really well which takes quite a bit of editing time off my hands!

But as with so many other things, you can always use whatever you have on hand already. I was using my floors before that or my desk – neither of them were the best base but I made do with what I had at the time.

Having and using a set background also helps you create a cohesive look without doing too much work – which is something else I really appreciate.

Multiple Pictures Of Books/Series

If you’re going to go through the trouble of messing up your shelves by taking multiple books off them, make sure you’re also making the most of the situation.

I like to take multiple different pictures of the same book and/or series whenever I’m taking pictures (entire series on one picture, feature a favorite book from that particular series, chapter images, front page that has the title, etc). You can also switch up the angles for various pictures to keep it fun and different for yourself and the people viewing your pictures.

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I don’t know how everyone else does it but I love to edit my pictures as I go.

To me, there’s nothing more annoying than taking all the pictures, cleaning everything up only to then realize that there’s something in your picture that doesn’t quite work out for whatever reason. Maybe you missed something in the background that you don’t actually want in the picture or you can’t quite get the picture the way you want it to.

By editing as you go, you have the chance to quickly change things around when you spot a mistake while you’re editing. This has saved me from quite a bit of anger at myself in the past, let me tell you!

Editing Software

There are honestly so many different apps out there these days that you can use to edit your pictures (and I’ll often try a few every now and then) but I found that the one I continue to go back to over and over again is Instagram itself.

If you’ve seen my post about how I take my bookstagram pictures, you already know that I edit my pictures exclusive within Instagram. It’s the easiest and quickest way for me as it’s all on my phone and I can do it all in one sitting. And something you should know about me is that I love it when things are convenient and fast.

Grab Your Coffee And Let's Talk!

How do you guys take the pictures you share with everyone else (no matter if it’s bookstagram or any other social media platform) and what do you use to edit them? I’m always curious about trying new apps so please, make sure to leave some of your favorites in the comments below!

Would you guys be interested in any more bookstagram related posts? Is there anything, in particular, you would like to know? If so, please let me know in the comments down below too! I can’t wait to hear from you in the comments down below!

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17 thoughts on “Bookstagram Tips: Photographing And Editing

  1. I have been loving your series on bookstagram, Swetlana, thank you so much for writing it. I love how simple you make it seem, too – I am especially nervous about editing pictures, because I’ve seen and heard of so many editing apps and how much time it takes, I’m glad to hear not everyone uses billions of apps – you manage to make awesome pictures and have a wonderful feed overall without juggling between a thousand different editing apps and I love that πŸ™‚

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    1. Aww, thank you, Marie! I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying it! ❀

      I got into a short period of time where I had multiple apps on my phone for editing but I realized that I just don't really use them or barely use them. Some people have SUCH pretty Instagram stories even and while I tried doing that for a bit, I quickly realized that I preferred having my stories be as candid as possible.

      Oh my god, Marie. *cries* Thank you so, so much for your super kind words! ❀

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      1. I guess really, in the end, it all comes down to personal preferences πŸ˜€ and you are so welcome, thank you for writing such a great post, I really learned a lot from it! ❀

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  2. Right now I use a camera ( a birthday gift) and I use natural light as much as I can. When I edit I use Snapseed and a little bit touch of Instagram features. And nothing more. I try to keep all my pics as clean as I can.

    Usually I go for my garden or white sheets of my bed to work on the backgrounds.

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    1. I’ve been thinking about using my family’s digital camera but I can’t find the charger for it ANYWHERE pretty much since we moved and it’s annoying me. xD Because those pictures would turn out even nicer and I could probably do a lot more with it.

      I had Snapseed on my phone for a bit but I kept going back to Instagram each time. But I’m super happy that it works so well for you!

      I love, love, love nature shots! And the aesthetic of white sheets!!

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  3. Lovely tips! Lighting is definitely vital, and lately my bedroom has been filled with gorgeous light that is just perfect for taking pictures of books. Of course I don’t own a bookstagram but I always love looking at other people’s bookstagrams. Do you usually arrange a “photoshoot” day throughout the week and take millions of pictures to post over time, or do you randomly take pictures and immediately edit & post them online?


    1. Do you not want to get into bookstagram or why don’t you have one?

      I do a combination of both, most of the time. I’ll take an hour one afternoon and take as many pictures as I can of usually about 3-5 books/series. I also do edit them right away and then save the screenshot to my phone because I like knowing that the picture turns out the way I want it too immediately. And then whenever I want to post something to Instagram I just go through my screenshots and post whatever goes nicely with the way my feed looks at that particular point in time.

      I should 100% be more organized about it because I often find myself running out of pictures to post but with zero motivation to take new pictures. xD

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      1. No, I suppose I just prefer maintaining one personal instagram where I sometimes post book-related things than have two separate ones…

        That seems like a great system anyway!

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  4. I will never be the great bookstragrammer, but your post series has been very helpful, so I’m really grateful that you take the time and share your tips and tricks! πŸ’•
    Whenever I take pictures, I just use my phone’s camera as well, it’s actually quiet good so I have always been satisfied πŸ˜„ I do have a normal camera as well (nothing fancy), but when I take pictures with my phone I can edit them immediately in my favorite app. It’s called Moldiv (idk if I have mentioned it before) and has a lot of great filters and options for free!

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    1. Aww, thank you so, so much for your super kind words Caro! They mean a lot! ❀

      Yeah, I'm super happy with my camera on my phone too and it's much more convenient that way too! Though I've been looking at better cameras for the next phone I might get when I extent my contract for my phone because why not, right?

      And I think you might have mentioned that app? It kind of sounds familiar but then I might just be imagining it too. xD I'll have a look at it! ❀

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      1. Anytime ❀
        It’s definitely very practical and you don’t need a fancy camera! There should definitely be some phones with even better cameras!

        Sometimes I don’t even know what I rambled about xD But it’s really good anyway πŸ˜€

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