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Travelogged’s Best Moments on Instagram for 2013, Plus 5 Instagram Tips

Travelogged's best moments on Instagram by Statigram

Travelogged’s best moments on Instagram by Statigram

I love Instagram (connect with me as Travelogged), the mobile photo-sharing platform. I don’t use it as frequently as Twitter or Facebook, but I still have fun posting photos that would otherwise languish on my phone. My Instagram photos tend to be quirkier, more artistic, more food-oriented, more personal and more slice of life than the photos I post on Twitter and Facebook  — or sometimes none of the above. On more than one occasion, Instagram filters have resuscitated a photo to such an extent that I’ve then gone and posted it on the other platforms. And sometimes even on this blog.

Sometimes I think that I get more out of Instagram than I put in  because I enjoy seeing other people’s photos so much. I can take a quick tour around the world in about 30 seconds. Just like me, the users I follow (a mix of IRL friends, travel bloggers, lifestyle bloggers, hotels and tourism organizations) tend to post more creative photos on Instagram. It’s a great way to do visual research, whether it’s for an actual trip or just fuel for my daydreams. And there’s a lot of interaction on Instagram — photos get reactions.

If you’re looking to get more out of Instagram, here are my top five tips:

1. Go easy on the filters. I love it when the filters help you restore the colors that the iPhone photography took away. The filters can also do amazing things in removing shadows. It’s one thing to enhance your photo, but it’s quite another to dramatically alter the colors. I say this especially as a travel blogger —  was that water really turquoise? Also, food usually looks less appetizing with filters, so use them sparingly.

2. Don’t overdo the #hashtags.  Instagram is a very limited platform in the sense that the only way that you can see the photos of users’ you don’t follow is by searching for the hashtag. It’s tempting to put in as many hashtags as possible in hope that your photo will be seen by more people. But you may annoy your followers if your photo captions are one #hashtag #after #another. So use the hashtags sparingly in the caption, and then add in more as a comment. Just like on Twitter, it’s important to do your homework and see which hashtags are popular. A quick search on Instagram will let you know how many photos use that exact hashtag — try a few variations to determine which ones are best. There’s also an app called Instatag that can help you figure out relevant hashtags.

3. Interact with Other Users: There’s so much to see and learn on Instagram. Often people won’t put too much in the caption (brevity is always encouraged on social media), so I’ll ask them where exactly that is. If it looks like they used a cool app to get some sort of photo-editing effect, I might inquire about that. Or maybe I’ll just let them know how much I like the photo — I know I always appreciate a compliment.

4. And when you reply to comments on your photos… Make sure to use an @mention. If not, the person won’t know that you responded to them on your photo. If it’s on their photo, then they will receive a notification so you don’t have to worry about that.

5. Don’t post too many photos a day. Often I don’t post enough photos, but at least I’m not guilty of posting too many. If I have several photos from one event or meal, then I will make a collage with PicStitch so I can combine them into one photo.

Here are my top five moments in Instagram in a video by Statigram, a website that tracks Instagram metrics.

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These are the photos that I’ve posted in 2013 that have gotten the most “likes.” The first one is the view of Central Park from the community room in my building in Manhattan during peak foliage. I love this view, and I try not to take it for granted! The second one is the Palais de l’Isle in Annecy, France, which is one of the most beautiful sights as I’ve ever seen. The third one is the fabulous pool at Terre Blanche in Provence. Funny enough, the last two sunsets were taken last week in Siesta Key, Florida, where I was staying with my parents for Christmas and spending as much time as possible at the beach. This Gulfcoast beach sure has some amazing sunsets! I have to say, my Instagram followers (and users who discovered these photos through the hashtags) chose pretty well. These probably are my five best photos for the year. If you’re curious, you can see all of my Instagram photos here.

17 Responses to Travelogged’s Best Moments on Instagram for 2013, Plus 5 Instagram Tips

  1. Gran Canaria Local January 5, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

    Instagram is something we’ve not yet tried. But we welcome your tips. And might well give it a go. You’ve inspired us so.
    Gran Canaria Local recently posted..San José

    • Liz Borod Wright
      Twitter: http://twitter.com/travelogged
      January 6, 2014 at 3:09 am #

      You should definitely get on Instagram — I’d love to see your photos of Gran Canaria! I’m sure you have lots of great ones to share.

  2. Penny Sadler January 6, 2014 at 4:10 am #

    I’m not sure if it’s my browser? But I can’t see anything on the video clip. I did click through to your Instagram page though. Good tips. I’ve been wondering about those dang hashtags.
    Penny Sadler recently posted..Tips For Visiting Amsterdam

    • Liz Borod Wright
      Twitter: http://twitter.com/travelogged
      January 6, 2014 at 4:17 am #

      That’s a YouTube video clip of my top photos in Instagram — I’m sorry it’s not working for you! May be a problem with Flash in your browser? But you can go to Statigram and get your own video of your top moments if you’re interested.

  3. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas
    Twitter: sunshinesiestas
    January 6, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    Super great tips. I blame my antiquated phone for its lack of precision, and instagram helps me not only make them look better, but share directly to facebook and twitter.
    Cat of Sunshine and Siestas recently posted..Seville Snapshots: The Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos in Triana

  4. gabi (the nomadic family)
    Twitter: nomadfamtravels
    January 6, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    absolutely inspirational. thank you for sharing liz. really lovely. i would love to invest that much time on such great projects. thank you for inspiring me. gabi
    gabi (the nomadic family) recently posted..My Addiction- Accepting and Releasing: Part 9

  5. Corinne January 6, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    Love it! Love Instagram! Love PicStitch! Love your photos.
    Corinne recently posted..Sunday’s Travel Inspiration – Botswana

  6. Tiana Kai
    Twitter: tianakaimiami
    January 6, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    I love Instagram! Sometimes I feel like it’s the one app made for me. I love being inspired by fellow artists/photographers/travelers, so much fun!
    Tiana Kai recently posted..Eating major food porn in Florence

  7. Val-This Way To Paradise January 6, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    Do you have to have a SmartPhone to use Instagram? Because I can’t seem to figure out how to access it on my laptop and I don’t have a SmartPhone…
    Val-This Way To Paradise recently posted..My book is out!! Dream Catcher: The Magic Of Living Your Dream Life

  8. Jennifer January 6, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    Great tips. I especially love the “tone down the filters’ suggestion. Some of the photos that I’ve seen onInsta are so super saturated that it actually detracts from the picture.
    Jennifer recently posted..St. Regis New York Hotel is a Best Luxury Hotel in the World

  9. Jessica Wray January 6, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    I love instagram and I totally agree with these tips. Especially the one about minimizing the filters on food. Food photos should always show the actual colors on the plate, not vintage or warped ones! :)
    Jessica Wray recently posted..A British Christmas

  10. Helen January 6, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

    As a photographer, I was anti-Instagram for years because I just saw way too many photos that were oversaturated and overfiltered. The last thing I wanted was to see more of them. But l learned that there is a whole community of stellar mobile photographers on Instagram. I joined the platform 3 months ago and I just can’t get enough of it. From minimalism to landscapes to portraiture, I’ve found such inspiration and a convenient outlet for my creative self when I don’t have my DSLR with me.
    Helen recently posted..The Toronto Ice Storm in Photos

  11. wanderingeducators
    Twitter: WanderingEds
    January 6, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

    fantastic tips – ty!! i loathe hashtag overuse…
    wanderingeducators recently posted..Taiwanese Night Market Culture: Eat, Drink, and Be Daring

  12. Elena January 6, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    Great tips. The hashtag piece is something that I am working on- I usually do not put them in my original caption, but add them as a comment a day or two (or even later) after – even then, trying not to over do it.
    Elena recently posted..Lessons Learned from Traveling in 2013

  13. Bethaney - Flashpacker Family
    Twitter: flashpackerfam
    January 8, 2014 at 7:44 am #

    Great tips! I am not really using Instagram to it’s fullest potential but I do love Instagramming my photos. They always looks so much better afterwards. I agree with not bumping up the colours too much if you’re trying to portray a destination to your readers. Another thing I dislike is the borders. I made the mistake of using them to start with but they look inconsistent when I put them in blog posts…. better to leave them out I think!
    Bethaney – Flashpacker Family recently posted..Kuala Lumpur or Singapore: Which City is Better for a Stopover?

  14. Micki
    Twitter: barefootnomads
    January 11, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    Great tips! I’ve just started really getting into Instagram (yes, I know, I’m only about 3 years late on that one), but I’m really enjoying it.
    Micki recently posted..A Guide To Skiing In New England

  15. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    Twitter: GreenGlobalTrvl
    January 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    Great instagram tips. I especially like the tip about interacting with Others.
    Mary @ Green Global Travel recently posted..NORTH CAROLINA: The Controversy Behind the Outer Banks Wild Horses

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