How can Instagram be better?

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Here are 9 small things you can do right now to improve your Instagram feed.

These are the things you must know to make a visually pleasing Instagram feed. By visually pleasing, I mean a consistent look.

When your feed looks good overall, people are more likely to like your photos and follow you.

If you are a business, I cannot stress enough the importance of finding your visual voice.

Your feed is your business card and the face of your business. Behind every face, there is a personality. Your Instagram theme is that personality. Which is why it is important to get that right.

In this article, I’ll tell you:

  • Which layout you can use
  • How to rearrange your Instagram photos
  • And some simple – but SUPER IMPORTANT – tricks

If you apply these tips, I guarantee you will see a difference.

Let’s get started!

1. Pick a grid layout

The first thing you need to know is the layout of your overall feed.
This will make it so much easier to stick to a consistent Instagram theme.
It is an easy way to start a theme.

There are 7 types of Instagram layouts. I went into details about each type in this article.

2. Choose a theme

Call it vibe, mood, soul. An Instagram theme is what your Instagram feed looks overall.

It is your visual personality.

So what do you want your theme to be? Grunge, moody, boho, tropical, colorful, minimalistic and white?

What are you passionate about? Pick 3 things you absolutely love.
For example: fashion, food and nature. Share photos about these 3 topics. This is your content, your story, your theme.

I made this article (and this video) to show you different types of themes you can create with Preview app. Get inspired. Choose your style. And stick to it.

If you stick to a style, then you will have a consistent theme.

3. Pick ONE filter and stick with it

A theme is nothing without a filter.
Using the same filter all the time is the easiest way to start a theme.

We have made things easy in Preview app with all the Filter Packs. That way you can keep the same vibe in your feed, consistently.

4. Space out your photos perfectly

At this stage, you have a layout in mind.
You know what you want your theme to look like.
And you have a filter.

Perfect! Your theme is starting to look really good!

Now, you need to make it flow.

Why do some Instagram accounts look SO good?
They look SO good because they know which photos look nice next to each other.

Let me explain:

Unless you have a coffee Instagram account (what we call a “monotheme”), don’t put all your coffee photos next to each other.
Instead, space them out. Because you space out your photos, your overall feed will look much more balanced.
That’s what you want to achieve: balance.

It will be easier for our human eyes to scan through your feed and appreciate your content. If you just put one coffee mug after the other – it might get boring.

I went into details about this topic:
How to Order / Color Coordinate Instagram Photos (video)
How to Arrange Instagram Photos (My Best Kept Secrets) (blog post)

PS: if you are a coffee shop or a small business creating unique mugs, then that will be your monotheme. But remember, you don’t have to only share a photo of your mugs and coffee all the time. Be creative with your photos. I will make a separate article about this soon.

5. Color coordinate

One level up. Color coordinate your photos.

To color coordinate:

  • Pick 2-3 colors you know you will always use in your photos.
  • Then space out your photos in your grid to balance your theme.

For example:

  • @lumiwau uses pink and blue background colors all the time and space them out like tiles.
  • @hanneernest uses black and red colors to make her theme.
  • @sarah_bubbles_ uses blue and green for her travel theme.

6. Always crop the same way

The key to have a consistent theme on Instagram is also to always crop your photos the same way.

For example:

  • Keep it simple: Always use square photos.
  • White border theme: always use the same white border.
  • Rectangle photos: always use a rectangle border.
  • Mix & match borders: one level up, pick 2-3 borders that you will always use.

7. Natural light is your best friend

How many times have you heard this tip?
If you’re not using natural light, you’re missing out.

It is SO important to take your photos with natural light.
Why? Because you will have higher quality and more detailed photos.
Photos taken with natural light will also look better when you apply filters.

The best natural light to take photos is:

  • In the morning or
  • At the end of the afternoon

Take the photos near your window.

Pro tip: For an even more consistent theme, take the photos with the same lighting all the time. Try taking your photos at the same time each day.

8. High quality photos always win

It sounds silly to include this tip. But it will make a difference to the number of likes that you will get. A blurry photo can be seen from miles away. A high quality photo looks sharp and is inviting. It makes us want to DOUBLE TAP.

When you share a photo, make sure it is a good quality photo:

  • Avoid the front camera (lower quality)
  • Use your back camera (higher quality)
  • Avoid screenshots to repost an image (it lowers the quality)
  • To repost, use the repost feature in Preview app (higher quality)

Editing tips to increase the quality of your photo:

  • Go in the Photo Editor of Preview
  • Select the “Enhance” feature to automatically improve the photo
  • Add contrast
  • Add a little bit of sharpness

9. Have fun

Your feed will never look the way you want if you’re not having fun.
Love what you do. Take your time to create what you want to see and share.
Just use that creativity of yours!

Have fun planning your feed!

See you all on Instagram!

Here a 3 thought on how Instagram could improve.

  1. Integrate a few more options in the desktop version.
    For a lot of brands or individuals it would be much easier to post from desktop. You can do that now using third party apps, but that limits your organic reach.
  2. Stop the shift toward a Facebook-like algorithm.
    Hardcore Instagrammers know that the algorithm is changing quite frequently and it’s going toward a more Facebook-like algorithm, with “bubles” and so on. I believe that in order to improve Instagram needs to drift away from the way the Facebook algorithm distributes content.
  3. Introduce a group/community feature
    Instagram is really good to interact, the only thing missing is a real community feature.

If all of these 3 get implemented in the next 12 months, well Instagram will be king for a long time.

Well it’s instagram, you can’t edit the page, the only thing I can think of is adding good pictures, which you already did.

what Kate said is good too, the nails are quite much, but i’ll disagree about selfies since you look beautiful, try adding some attracting pictures (ocean/stars/flowers….).
however don’t fall for Amber, buying accounts isn’t good idea at all.
if you want some good pictures I can help you picking some, you just need to tell me what theme you want them, I got quite some searching skills.