Do you struggle with Instagram?
Do you post lots of pictures of your breakfast, coffee, shoes and cat, but still find your only followers are your mum, that quiet girl from high school, and some rug merchant from Istanbul?
You use filters, borders, selective blur and hashtags — but hardly anybody seems to care?
Why? It’s not because your photos are terrible, it’s more likely because you’re not telling a story with your pictures, says Mulwala-born photographer Rhianna Walshe.
“I post for me,” Ms Walshe said.
“I joined back in 2011. The first photo was a random one of my feet,” Ms Walshe said.
“When I turned 19, I posted a photo a day of me with different stuff in the background. That went for a year. Now I go back and look at the 19th year of my life — it’s a story.
In less than two years, Ms Walshe, 21, amassed more than 1740 followers by posting an average of one picture a day.
“I enjoy having a few followers. It reassures me, but at the same time, I only post things that I like the look of. Because I’ve studied photography, I’m picky.
Ms Walshe says don’t post blurry or dark photos, “unless you’re doing it in a creative way,” and “too much of one thing can be overwhelming”.
Write captions that add to the picture’s story, consider when your intended audience will be online, and, if you want to share several photos on one subject, Ms Walshe says there are better options than to overload followers feeds with a slew of pictures.
“Afternoon and nights are when people are on their phones,” she said.
“Make three or four pictures in one night into a collage and post the one picture.”
Ms Walshe encouraged the use of hashtags, and third-party editing applications to make pictures stand out, and for people to delve into their Instagram and camera settings to ensure the highest-resolution images are saved to your camera roll or memory card.
You can find Rhianna Walshe on Instagram @ihaveabearhat. Follow Ben Eyles @benhasacat and The Border Mail @bordermail.
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