How to: Instagram like the stars

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WANT to make it big on Instagram? Pop­u­lar­ity on this so­cial net­work is not all about the hash­tags you use (any­one for ‘‘in­sta­good’’?) but it can also be about the col­lages you cre­ate, the fil­ters you add and even pho­to­graphic com­po­sure. Be­low are some tricks celebri­ties use.

LAURENCONRAD [1.8m fol­low­ers]

The Hills’ alumni has forged a fash­ion ca­reer, but Lau­ren Con­rad is also well known on Instagram, where her pho­tos typ­i­cally at­tract more than 40,000 likes. Con­rad’s pho­tos are of­ten arty and fea­ture a retro, yel­low hue thanks to some post­pro­duc­tion in an app called Fo­tor, free in Google’s Play Store and $2.99 in Ap­ple’s App Store. Users can add frames, crop pho­tos and share to other net­works.

KIM KAR­DASHIAN [7.5m fol­low­ers]

The preg­nant re­al­ity TV show mogul is a reg­u­lar Instagram pho­tog­ra­pher. Some shots con­tain sev­eral pho­to­graphs, how­ever, thanks to in-phone col­lage edi­tors. Google users can opt for free col­lage mak­ers such as Photo Grid, while Ap­ple users can down­load free apps such as In­staframe. You can choose how many pho­tos to use in a col­lage, their lay­out, and even the frame around each pic­ture.

SEAN‘DIDDY’COMBS [2.2m fol­low­ers]

Sean Combs has dis­tanced him­self from his ‘‘Puff Daddy’’ moniker but is still fond of in­spi­ra­tional phrases. To make words look wor­thy of a pic­ture, you can em­ploy poster-mak­ing apps. Google Play op­tions in­clude Keep Calm and Poster, while Ap­ple op­tions in­clude Phoster and Poster+.


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