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Things To Use as Bookstagram Props! | Bookstagram 101

Hey guys!
I’m back with another Bookstagram tips post!
My first two:Β Bookstagram Tips for Beginners Β | Biggest Bookstagram Mistakes

Today I thought I’d share some prop ideas! Props are almost essential for upping the quality/aesthetic of your Bookstagram! I highly recommend having a few go-to items for your pictures.

1) Fairy Lights!

Who doesn’t love pretty lights?
They’re easy and look so good with books! You likely already have them, so use them! Or buy some cheap ones. I’ve gotten mine from Poundland and Primark for dead cheap!


2) Clothes/Blankets

Something you don’t need to buy: Clothes! Use them!
If you have a cute jumper/cardigan use it! Scarves also work too. Better yet, put your outfit into the picture! It adds something extra.


3) Flowers/Petals/Plants

Fake or real: both work!
This is one of my favourite props ever. I love flowers and plants and I love seeing them with books! It’s such a pretty combo.


4) Book Merch!
(Bookmarks, pins, candles etc)

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Everyone has bookish merch, right? Utilise it!
Bookmarks, pins, candles etc all make amazing props! Play with angles and placement and you can get some really good merch shots.


5) YOU!

If you’re not too camera shy, go ahead and put yourself in the picture!
It’s so fun to see the bookstagrammer in their pictures. It makes it a bit more personal!
I personally am a little camera shy, so it’s not something I post a lot of but I definitely like to include it occasionally!


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Biggest Bookstagram Mistakes + How To Fix Them

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Hey Guys!
Happy Sunday
Today’s post is continuing my Bookstagram 101 series; Biggest Mistakes. I’m going to be sharing some mistakes you could be making, that could be affecting your account and how to fix them!
If you want some tips for starting a bookstagram, you can check out my first post here!


Let’s get onto the mistakes:

1) Bad Lighting

I cannot stress enough how important lighting is!!
Use natural light – it’s your best friend in photography. Poor lighting can make your pictures look low quality, dark and dull. Light and bright photos definitely do the best on Instagram.
Fix: Take your photos by a big window or go outside!


2)Big Watermarks

Nothing ruins a pretty picture like a watermark. I know you don’t want people to steal your pictures, that’s fair but watermarks are so ugly when they take up a lot of the picture. It can be off-putting to some to follow someone who puts a huge watermark across all their pictures. It ruins the photo, in my opinion. I am always hesitant to follow people who use massive watermarks. We’re literally on there for the aesthetic after all.

Fix: Stop using the watermark/ Make it smaller/ Don’t place over entire picture


3) Dark Background

As mentioned before, light and bright is best. A darker background can work if you’re skilled but it isn’t always popular. Use a light or white background, plainer the better; you want your books/bookish items to be the centre of attention. Use can still incorporate other colours/patterns but keep it minimal and strategic!

Fix: Use a white/light coloured sheet


4) Not Engaging in the community

Engaging with other Bookstagrammers is KEY for a successful account.
If you’re one of those people who just posts, never uses stories and rarely comments on others’ posts and expect success then you’re doing it wrong.
Never engaging comes across as impersonal and distant, you want to be as active as possible – not only will this improve your likes/comments but you’ll make friends!

Fix: Use your stories, comment on posts you like, host/join shout outs! Be present in the community.


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So You Want To Start a Bookstagram?! | Bookstagram 101

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Hey guys!
I don’t usually post on Thursdays but here I am. I am busy preparing for my holiday tomorrow! So I’ve been good and scheduled a few posts for when I’m away.

Today I wanted to talk about Bookstagram. I have been trying to write this post for ages but have been putting it off due to other posts taking priority. Better late than never!

I’ve been on Bookstagram for a while now and I thought I’d share some tips for beginners/ people wanting to get into the Bookstagram community!


 

1) A good username is key

Use something simple + catchy. It’s hard at first but look around, take inspiration from other users, books, fandoms etc. You could even go with something as simple as *insert your name* reads. One of my usernames, before I settled on LiteraryLeisha, was LeishaReads.

Top tip – DO NOT USE: full stops, hyphens, loads of numbers etc
Why?
It makes it so much more time consuming for people to find you.
It’s harder to remember the placement/order.
I recommend not using them at all.


2) You DON’T need a fancy camera

Your camera phone is sufficient. Trust me. The vast majority don’t start out with a fancy DSLR camera. Most use their smartphone. You just need to learn to use it to its full potential and you can get some incredible shots.

Example – this was taken on my phone (Samsung Galaxy s8):

Which brings me to my next point:


3) LIGHTING. LIGHTING. LIGHTING

Good light is KEY.Β  Lighting is everything. Remember that and you will succeed.
Natural lighting is your best friend. Take all your pictures near a good source of natural light. You could take it a step further and go outside. As much light as you can possibly get, the better.


4) Choose/Find your aestheticβ„’ / Keeping to a theme

So, once you got a great username and some pictures ready to post, you’re going to need to edit. To edit you need to know what your aesthetic is going to be. Cool toned or Warm toned? Black and white? I recommend using an app and sticking with the same filter for every picture, that way you create an ongoing theme – which will make your feed look aesthetically pleasing.

I customised my own filter on the app VSCO and copy it onto every picture I want to post. My current theme looks like this:

 

5) #Hashtags

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Now you’ve got some great pictures all done and ready to post. So you need people to actually see and appreciate your work. This is where hashtags are key!
Hashtags allow others to discover your pictures.
Tips for utilising hashtags:
– Keep a note of your most used hashtags so you can copy + paste into each post
– Use relevant hashtags (i.e. #Bookstagram)
– Don’t use too little; you want as much exposure as possible
– Don’t use too many. Apparently, there is a limit of how many hashtags you can use but also how many times your picture can appear. I recommend around 15-20 hashtag maximum. With a minimum of 10.


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