I know what you're thinking.
This is the most petty, narcissistic post Christina has ever thought of doing. I halfway agree with you. Narcissistic, absolutely. Petty? Kinda....well, no.
There has been conversational overkill around Instagram, social media in general, and our self esteem. Don't determine your worth by the number of likes, stop coveting other's curls, don't buy clothes off Instagram, blah, blah, blah. Those lessons are all valid within their own right, but what if you just want to put your best fro forward and get a little feature love on Berry Curly, Fros & Beaus, or Trials N Tresses? Or maybe you're a blogger just looking to step up your visual appeal in 2015?
I feel you.
What some of you all may/may not know about me is that aside from my obsessive love of hair products, I have a soft spot for social media. I love analytics, studying trends, understanding the drives and draws of various platforms, and of course connecting with all of you. With the time I dedicate to understanding social media (and being a consumer), I've picked up a lot of useful information that has helped me step up my game -- especially on Instagram. The quality and overall aesthetic of my photos has improved greatly, if I must say so myself. Part of it is due to that awesome Canon t3i Rebel that Samuel bought me in November. The other part is, well, apps. I'm not versed in Photoshop (although I can fake my way around a few things), and I don't have a keen eye for editing, but I know trends, and I know apps. Here are the 5 apps (in my opinion) that will help you take your natural hair Instagame to the next level:
(All apps are available on Android and Apple, unless otherwise stated)
I know this isn't an editing app, but in 2015, a phone devoid of Dropbox is not an option. It's one of the best ways to move photos from your camera (unless it's WiFi enabled) to your phone. Pop your SD card in your computer, upload from the card to Dropbox, open the app on your phone, and boom. It's a two-way street -- you can also upload photos from your phone to Dropbox, which is perfect for those of us with finite-memory phones (#TeamiPhone). For my blog posts, Instagram, Facebook, and more, I'll take a ton of photos at the beginning of the week with my Canon, upload the ones I want to Dropbox, and stash 'em there until I need 'em. You can do the same with pictures of products you want to share, documenting hair styles, photo grid tutorials, and more.
|My graphic for the Curl Care 101 series is a joint venture between Pixlr and Rhonna :)|
4. Camera+ by Tap Tap Tap
Well, there you have it folks! Those are the 5 apps I use regularly to make my photos look like I actually know what I'm doing. Here are a few final tips for getting good photos to start with:
- For phone photography, always wipe your lens before you snap. You'd be surprised how many fingerprints and oil smudges end up there -- and how much of a difference a clean lens will make.
- Less-busy backgrounds make for cleaner pictures where the subject matter (you) stand out.
- Make sure the light source faces you, and not your camera lens (i.e. face the light, don't let the light eminate from behind you) -- unless you're doing three-point lighting, but that' another story for another time
- Avoid the front-facing phone camera when you can, but if you must use it -- follow tip #1!
- If you have a professional camera, invest in a wireless remote. The best $20 you'll ever spend.