How to: Instagram like the stars
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+.