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I’ve seen quite a few of these types of posts floating around over the past few months and thought it was about time I shared my take on Iphonography. I don’t particularly think I’m very good at it, take one look at my feed and it’s selfies, photos of Aerys and a few outfit snaps. None the less I do really enjoy Instagram and I have to admit that it’s one of my favourite social media platforms. I somehow managed to amass over 100k of you guys on my Instagram so heres a mini guide of my favourite apps and some of my Instagram tips!

My Favourite Apps


Does anyone still use the basic Instagram filters? Not me anyway. Although since they’ve introduced the editing tools within the app I find myself doing a little bit of in app fiddling! I’m sure none of these are going to be groundbreaking but if it helps one person then I’m happy with that. Im always hearing about new apps that completely change the way I Instagram so hopefully you’ll find one you haven’t heard of before. Feel free to share your favourite apps in the comments!

VSCOCAM: This is pretty much THE ONE when it comes to apps. It’s the only app I use religiously as it does everything I need it to do and has the best selection of filters I’ve come across. I like that it makes things a little more interesting, rustic and adds depth. Photos in VSCOCAM just look so different compared to all the other filter app's I've tried.

AFTERLIGHT: Afterlight was introduced to me via Zoe. It has a tonne of filters and little extras including light leaks and changing the shape of your frame. It’s pretty snazzy and I do find myself pulling photos into it often!

DIPTIC: My go-to collage app. I also use this app on my Macbook to create collages with ease. I don’t often collage my images but I do like to do that “”mirrored” effect so use this to do that.

My Tips

Take as many as you need!

I normally snap between 5-10 times per Insta-subject. I change things like composition, exposure and different framings until Im happy. Having a few to pick from also means you can pick out the best and edit away! Just remember to delete the photos you haven’t used - I’m sure we’ve all had the dreaded “No Storage” message pop up frequently!

Popular Images

Things that go down well on my feed are NOTD’s, OOTDS, pretty cafes, cakes and photos of my kitty. I like a mixture of all different bits and bobs on my feed but I find myself liking a lot of photos of food, cute pets, holidays and flowers. Rule of thumb, think about what you like to see on Instagram and try and take that into your own feed.

Take Selfies the right way!

Did you know the volume button on the side of you’re iPhone will help you take selfies? Instead of tapping the screen you just click the side buttons you use for volume. Trust me - It’s a life changer.

I hope this little talk has helped you in some way. I don’t want to come over all basic and blah but I know we all appreciate a good Instagram feed. Feel free to follow me over on my Instagram @llymlrs!

This post is scheduled - I am currently travelling around Asia returning August 25th

53 comments

  1. thanks for the tips lily!

    www.itslaramarie.com

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  2. OMG how did I not know that the volume button helps you take photos!? Thanks Lily!

    The Style Rogue

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  3. Ooo a really useful blog post. I've been testing other photography apps from the App store on iPhone and now I'm going to test these.

    Also my volume buttons don't take selfies for me. Is this a setting?

    Average Adventures

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  4. I love Diptic, I didn't know you could get it for a Mac though - I'm definitely going to download it!

    Blog This With Hannah

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  5. Lovely tips :) Thank you for the few app recommendations~ I'm gna download some now to play around. Volume button trick for selfies is great *thumbs up*

    Thanks for the post, I hope you have a great day! <3

    *Yingcbeauty*

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  6. I feel like such an idiot for not knowing the volume button on my iPhone could be used to take photos - I've been struggling all of this time! Hahahaa. Great tips Lily! xo

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  7. Thanks for the tips - love helpful posts like these.
    X sjoukje | www.lemontierres.com

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  8. Wow I didn't know that about the volume button! Great tips Lily, thanks! x

    SophiesMakeupBlog

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  9. I love VSCOCAM its amazing and thanks for the volume button tip!

    http://lux-rose.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. Really nice blog post !

    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  11. I love VSCOCAM! I really want to try afterlight!

    Sophia // sophiebysophia.blogspot.com

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  12. I love VSCO cam too, and I like that Instagram has a highlights/shadows tool now - makes all my pictures so much lighter
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Super helpful, thanks for the tips!

    x

    Josephine
    www.josephineteresa.blogspot.com

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  14. great tips!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  15. Lily ! That post is SO useful ! :o I picked up the first App you recommended, i'm gonna try it out soon ! Your IG is so good :) and thanks for the life changing tip ! I didn't knew about it ! :D
    Love from France, Victoria

    http://godsaveourdressing.blogspot.fr

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  16. Thank you for sharing! I use aviary its a free app like Afterlight :-D.

    XO from the Netherlands

    www.glamourbyc.nl

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  17. I can't believe I've had my iPhone for so long and didn't know about the side buttons for photos :O

    I have a big announcement & celebratory giveaway running on my blog at the moment: http://www.woobered.com/2014/08/the-big-reveal-giveaway.html

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  18. I've had my iPhone for almost two years and learned via watching that ITV2 show with Joey Essex about taking selfies with the volume button! I never knew that! ...Joey Essex taught me something! lol Great tips - I love Insta too! :)

    Jen xx
    www.kitsch-n-sync.com

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  19. Good tips Lily! Never heard of those apps, will defo give them a go
    xx

    www.mandybajwa.blogspot.com

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  20. Thank you so much for this post! Just downloading VSCOCAM now :) fingers crossed it'll help improve my photos!
    Sam
    x

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  21. Great tips. I have heard of VSCOCAM but cannot decide whether to download it as I love afterlight so much! I am tempted to give it a go though as everyone keeps saying it is the best. xo

    EmsAlice // Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  22. nice post!

    www.lipstickontshirts.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. hahaha I only recently found out about the volume button thing... It was a revelation!

    -X-
    Joy / http://fashionfoodfunforever.nl/wordpress/

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  24. Great apps!
    XO
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

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  25. I love VSCOcam & Afterlight too! Your instagram is one of my faves (:

    L x

    www.loulabeth.co.uk // bloglovin'

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  26. Great advice! I can't believe I haven't been following you on instagram. Time to change this.

    xx,
    http://tinydarling.blogspot.com/

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  27. I love vscocam it is so good for pictures!! :)

    http://champagnelifestyleteabudget.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. Great tips! Thank you for sharing;-)
    XX
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

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  29. Thanks for sharing........really a great info. please share on your blog that king of useful info in future also.

    Cheap Formal Dresses

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  30. I just got an iPhone so I'm loving all these posts going around!
    Megan x
    London Callings

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  31. Loved these tips! I am saving up to buy myself an iphone.

    www.emandthem.co.uk

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  32. Great instagram ideas! I've just downloaded vsco cam :)

    Emma at www.collagemepretty.blogspot.co.uk

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  33. haha yes ive just discovered the volume button as well, soooo much better!

    http://wiltedxfaded.blogspot.co.uk/

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  34. Amazing tips, thank you for sharing :-) you have made me want to give VSCOCAM a shot soo bad! Alice// http://beautyoutlookxo.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  35. im so addicted to instagram defiantly my favourite social media apps
    http://misslaurenmorgan.blogspot.co.uk/ xx

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  36. I've heard a lot of positive things about VSCO cam, so today is the day it becomes part of my app fam.

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    Jess x

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  37. Thanks for the tip on Diptic! 100% downloading onto my MAC!

    Georgina
    foxonthehunt.com

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  38. I have got the good information through your blog; I will share this to my friends as well. had me going

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