The simplest way to print Instagram and Facebook photo books

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We’re always looking at ways we can help our customers print their Instagram photos or their Facebook photos. We have a pipeline of new features coming up but sometimes its not about adding new features – it’s about being there to answer customer queries.

For those times when we can answer instantly, we’ve just launched Printr-bot – our automated Facebook messenger bot. Printr-bot can answer all sorts of questions about our service – and when it can’t it’ll try and put you in touch with one of the Printrbook team.

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5 ways to grow your Instagram following

Instagram

Instagram is an amazing community. Here at Printrbook we’ve met so many talented photographers by connecting with them through Instagram. But of course, you’ve got to start connecting with people to get the best out of it.

If you’re just starting out, here are a few tips to help you connect with the community and grow your followers.

1 Be consistent

As the old saying goes ‘consistency is key’, especially when it comes to creating your Instagram content. If your account is purely for you to store your personal memories, then posting a picture of your pampered pooch moments after sharing your latest culinary creation (captioned #foodporn of course) is fine. However, if you’re looking to gain new followers then carefully curating what you post around a consistent theme makes for a well-balanced grid when potential followers visit your account.

Whether you like fashion photography or capturing nature is your specialty, chose a theme in order to make your account more compelling. Uniformity can not only be made by refining what you post but also by editing all of your photographs with the same filter or picking a colour that runs through your entire page.

Check out @m_awwad, @rustyfd912 and @laliou for a few examples of our favourites.

2 Only post high quality photographs

Let’s be honest, there’s nothing worse than an account filled grainy, dark and out of focus photographs. Not only is it just not very aesthetically pleasing, it simply depicts a lack of care (not what you want to portray if you’re looking for followers).

Make sure you take the photograph in bright, (natural if possible) light to avoid an abundance of pixels becoming the main focus. Obviously this is not always possible, in which case take time to play with the brightness, contrast and sharpness during the editing process (VSCOCAM is a personal favourite).

3 Be social

This is one of the most important things to focus on if you’re looking to create a following.

A key way to get your name out there is to take advantage of Instagram’s ‘explore’ section. Finding other accounts to follow that inspire you or post similar content is crucial to getting your account known. When you find them, simply follow them and start engaging with them – like and comment (with genuine, considered comments!) on their photos. By doing this, you are able to create connections and ultimately gain interest.

Moreover, don’t neglect your followers. Asking questions in your captions is one of the easiest ways to engage your audience while giving you the opportunity to get to know the community on a more personal level.

4 Use relevant hashtags

Hashtags are a simple and fast way of getting your account out there that requires very minimal effort. But be careful!

#We #All #Know #Someone #Who #Posts #Like #This

Don’t be that person.

Relevance is key. If you’re posting a snapshot of what you wore to your friend’s birthday bash the night before then #foodporn probably isn’t the best option. Another way to make it look slightly less like you’re begging for likes, is to put the hashtags in the comment section of your post rather than the caption.

There are lots of ways to find popular hashtags – we’ll cover those in another post.

So, keep things short and sweet and hashtags will become your new best friend.

5 Post what you love!

While it’s all very well capturing a high quality, perfectly edited masterpiece, if you aren’t enjoying yourself in the process then there really is very little point. At the end, if you feel passionate about a photograph, post it. After all, it’s your own social platform, and people are following you because they like your style. Your passion will shine through in your feed, so go for it!

 


When you’ve got your feed looking tip-top, why not print the best photos in an Instagram photo book?

New feature: print photo location

We love getting feedback on our books and suggestions for new features. Quite a few of you have been asking for an option to print the location of your photos. So we’ve been hard at work adding that feature and are delighted to say it is now available on all our photo books – both the Instagram and the Facebook version.

Adding the location of each photo to your book is simple – just tick the “Print the location” checkbox on the printing options page:

Print photo location

Here are a couple of examples of how the location is printed:

Location printed beneath photo

Sunset over Bath, UK

This feature uses the location you set when you added the photo to either Instagram or Facebook. Of course, for photos with no location set, nothing is printed.

We hope you enjoy this latest update. More are planned – we’ll keep you posted here on our blog. If you have any feature requests, please let us know.

Interview with @hendrae

@hendrae

We are big fans of minimalism. There are some incredible minimalist photographers on Instagram and @hendrae is one of our favourites – his compositions have a real sense of fun. He’s been selected twice to be a suggested user by @instagram and has built a loyal following within the community.

We recently caught up with him to find out a little more about him and his Instagramming.


When did you join Instagram and why?

I joined Instagram in early 2013 because it was one of the social media platforms that was trending in my area. My friends and various people I know were using it, so I just downloaded it. I think it’s cool when you can capture and share any moments to keep it on the platform.

What equipment do you use to shoot?

Mostly I use an iPhone 5 and sometimes a Fujifilm X-M1.

What do you use to edit your photos?

I use VSCOApp, Snapseed, and Photoshop Fix.

What is your favourite shot that you’ve published on Instagram?

All of them are my favourite (haha!) but here are some that I particularly like:

@hendrae

@hendrae

@hendrae

Has Instagram changed your approach to photography & if so how?

It has. At first I did not focus on a single style – there are so many inspiring instagrammers and photography styles on Instagram, but the minimalist style interests me the most!

What inspires you?

I think everything can inspire me. I usually look for ideas on various social media platforms like Instagram, Pinterest and Google. There are so many photographers in the Instagram community that inspire me.

Who are your favourite Instagrammers?

@connortd and @love_aesthetics

What is your favourite shot of theirs?

@connortd
@connortd

@connortd
@connortd

@love_aesthetics
@love_aesthetics

@love_aesthetics
@love_aesthetics

How do you promote your work?

Through Instagram only, but I am considering starting my own blog so I can promote more of my work.

To what do you attribute your success on Instagram?

For me Instagram is for fun, to gain experience and improve my skills in photography, for making friends and exploring new things.

What do you do for a living outside of Instagram?

I’m a freelance photographer and working with small businesses.

What advice would you give to Instagram newbies?

Find your passion, be who you are, and enjoy gramming!


If you’re not already one of @hendrae‘s 40,000 followers, why not check out more of his amazing photography!

Interview with @chee.yip

Chee Yip’s photography first caught our eye back in 2014 with his amazing, vertigo-inducing shots of Hong Kong and beautiful scenes of Georgian Bath (home to Printrbook HQ).

So we were delighted to be able to meet him at an Instagram exhibition being held in late 2015 at the Forum Coffee House in Bath. He was one of a few young, talented Instagrammers exhibiting their latest work – entrepreneurial, gifted photographers sharing their creative passion.

We recently caught up with Chee again to find out a little more about him and his Instagramming.


When did you join Instagram and why?

I joined Instagram in 2012 when I bought my iPhone 5 for social use and I saw other users upload photos and I thought to do the same to see what people react to my photo.

What equipment do you use to shoot?

I’m currently still using my Nikon D90 from 2011 and iPhone 6 Plus.

What do you use to edit your photos?

I tend to use Lightroom for my SLR shots, Snapseed and VSCOcam for my iPhone.

What is your favourite shot that you’ve published on Instagram?

Hong Kong

#ThroughMyOlloclip

My #WHPresolutions2015 is to learn how to use my Pentacon Six

Has Instagram changed your approach to photography & if so how?

I would say Instagram has changed my approach, my sense of style has changed since I first used the app. Meeting other Instagrammers brings a network of a community to share the same expression of passion. I also created the hashtag #ThroughMyOlloclip to see what other Instagrammers in the world showcase from their own perspective.

What inspires you?

For me, there’s quite a few things that inspire me. Different photos, quotes and life experience has helped me give me ideas to create and capture the right moment.

Who are your favourite Instagrammers?

@jayscale, @diaryofalex, @ericluis

What is your favourite shot of theirs?

@jayscale
@jayscale

@diaryofalex
@diaryofalex

@ericluis
@ericluis

How do you promote your work?

I normally use hashtags to showcase a wider audience than my followers and network with other Instagrammers!

To what do you attribute your success on Instagram?

To keep focus and never stop trying what I know best, sometimes I think outside the box (outside my comfort zone) but I always experiment what I have brought with me on my exploration.

What do you do for a living outside of Instagram?

I’m a full time student studying Business Management.

What advice would you give to Instagram newbies?

Never stop trying until you found your style and it’s not always about the equipment you have, its the person behind the lens what counts!


If you’re not already one of @chee.yip‘s 91,000 followers, why not check out more of his amazing photography!

Ultimate travel photography tips

It’s the middle of summer and of course with summer come holidays and the longing to travel. Experiencing your ultimate destination at first hand is fantastic, but we all love to take home photographic evidence – memories of our special trip.

This video from the fantastic Cooperative of Photography will show you a few tips to ensure your travel photography is the best it can be. We particularly like the ‘remove tourists from your photos’ tip – take a look!

Do you have any favourite tips of your own? We’d love to hear them in the comments box below.

Don’t blink or you’ll miss it

Yes, it’s an old cliche. But like many old cliches there’s a lot of truth in that old saying.

But of course we do blink. So it’s always nice to have ways of keeping the memories of that special occasion, moment or event alive.

We live in a digital world where we share special moments with our friends, family and followers on social media, but what will we have to look back on in years to come. What will be the equivalent of the old shoe box full of photos taken down from the attic and poured over with glee, surprise and a hint of nostalgia?

This weekend 175,000 people are sharing an amazing experience in the middle of the Somerset countryside. Yes, it’s Glastonbury weekend and there’s no escaping it. Our social feeds are full of images of revellers dancing their wellies off, come rain or shine. Glastonbury weekend is like stepping off the planet for a few long days. It’s an amazing experience. But come Monday morning there’ll just be the memories.

Sadly, we missed out on tickets this year. But flicking through our own Printrbook of Glasto fun has brought the memories flooding back.

It’s great to have a special record of an event like Glastonbury to flick through like this. Fun times shared with great friends, in the palm of your hand.

How do you keep your special memories alive?

7 funky photography tips

Digital photography is amazing isn’t it? With the myriad of editing tools available, it’s possible to accomplish some incredible results. But sometimes it’s fun to take a more ‘analog’ approach.

Ever wondered how to get that perfect levitation shot for your Instagram feed? Check out the video below from the fantastic Cooperative of Photography for this and 6 other funky yet simple ways to bring something new to your photographic output.

Have you tried any of these before?

Interview with Chaity and Riley the Parson Spokesdoggy

If you’ve not yet discovered the wonderful, fun photography of @ichaity yet you’re in for a real treat.

We first met Chaity when we collaborated on a project she was running to promote good dental health in pets – with Riley (her Parson Jack Russell) helping out! As part of that project we published the #ourpearlywhites Instagram photo book (with proceeds going to charity) which featured some of the 2,000 pets whose owners took part in the campaign.

Riley is a Parson French Canadian dog, and is now famous within the Instagram pet community. He is the spokesdoggy for several campaigns and, of course, a handsome part-time model for Chaity.

We chatted to Chaity to find out more about her and her beloved Riley.


When did you join Instagram and why?

I joined Instagram a few years ago, shortly after I was diagnosed with my chronic illness. It started as a hobby but quickly became a routine that keeps me busy while I recover. My dog, Riley, has been a blessing in keeping me active throughout my recovery.

What equipment do you use to shoot?

A regular point-and-shoot camera is what I use. The important things are to constantly try to be creative with my environment and Riley. Those parts keep it fun and interesting for me.

What do you use to edit your photos?

Natural sunlight is key for me to get sharpness and brightness in my photos. I also play around with the settings on the camera to experiment. As for editing, there are a number of tools out there but the Instagram app has some good ones.

What is your favourite shot that you’ve published on Instagram?

It’s tough to pick one but the one of Riley lying on his Harry Barker black & white stripe bed always does it for me. It’s fun, I love the contrast and he just looks so darn cute with that smile. It also feels sweeter because it was a difficult shoot. Placing the products, my back aching, but it was worth it.

Riley the Spokesdoggy

Has Instagram changed your approach to photography & if so how?

I knew nothing of photography before I started Instagram. You “point and shoot” as far as I was concerned. Experience has taught that so much more is involved. Plus, I had to come up tricks to get my dog to pose.

What inspires you?

There’s no shortage of inspiration with my husband, family and friends giving me support. Also, my hometown of Montreal has a great art scene.

Who are your favourite Instagrammers?

One of my favourite Instagrammers is @joselourenco. Their work is simple, colourful, sharp and always a pleasure to have on my feed. I like the way they play with patterns and you can tell they have an eye for colour and photography.

What is your favourite shot of theirs?

My favourite capture of theirs is from the Instagram Weekend Hashstag projects featuring balloons (#whpballoons). It was crafty, creative and funny. All the things that I love.

My name is Cluckingram

How do you promote your work?

I promote my work through my gallery on Instagram or my website, ichaity.com. People usually find me when I am featured in popular galleries with a hashtag.

To what do you attribute your success on Instagram?

It’s got to be a combination of things. I tried a ton of different stuff before finding my style. Keeping consistency with that style is what I continuously work at now. Being able to show the softer side of Riley, since his breed is known for being energetic and stubborn. It’s a nice contrast to display his calm and happy attitude. I think it’s a refreshing surprise to people.

Coming up with projects and introducing them creatively helps as well. All this keeps me motivated to battle the challenges of having a chronic illness. Sharing this part of my life with people and hearing their stories of dealing with pain helps us inspire each other and face those challenges head on.

What do you do for a living outside of Instagram?

I am a former art director and also worked in programming, graphics design and marketing. I am currently recovering from my illness and cannot return to my career, but I have been able to utilize my experience to put them to good use in my gallery.

What advice would you give to Instagram newbies?

My advice, if you’ve just joined Instagram, is to never concern yourself with numbers of likes and followers. Do it because you enjoy it. Show your creative side, whatever it may be. Work hard and develop your own style. The success comes with time and patience.


If you’re not already one of @ichaity‘s 125,000 followers, why not check out more of her wonderful photography featuring the oh-so-photogenic Riley!

Interview with photographic artist @nala_rinaldo

laliouWhen it comes to stunning nature and landscape photography, there are few Instagram talents like @nala_rinaldo. We’ve long been fans of his wonderful ability to capture sumptuous light of far-off exotic places.

Nala was a recent runner-up in a competition that we sponsored. So we got in touch to see if he’d like to do an interview with us – and we were delighted that he agreed. So, read on to find out more. 


When did you join Instagram and why?

I joined Instagram about 3.5 years ago…because I loved taking pictures with my iPhone.

What equipment do you use to shoot?

I was only taking iphone shots until I reached 230,000 followers. Then I bought my first DSLR Canon 6D as a gift to myself for reaching the 200K mark! That was 2 years ago. Then, when I lost my Canon 6D, I bought a Canon 5D but sadly that was broken by big wave on the beach! Now I am using a Canon 7D mark ii. The only other items of equipment I use are Gopro Hero 3+ & iPhone 5s.

What do you use to edit your photos?

For Instagram 99% of the time I only edit using Snapseed and sometimes Filterstorm. But for selling my photos I edit using Photoshop.

What is your favourite shot that you’ve published on Instagram?

Haha…what a silly question – how do I choose from my 1880 posts?!? Hahaha!

If I have to choose it would be one of these:

Nala Rinaldo, Using iPhone 4

Nala Rinaldo, Using Canon 6D

Nala Rinaldo, Using Canon 5D mark iii

Nala Rinaldo, Using GoPro Hero 3+

Nala Rinaldo, Using Canon 7D mark ii

Has Instagram changed your approach to photography & if so how?

Because of my love for Instagram, photography is now my weekend job!!

What inspires you?

Good movies, good artists and good music.

Who are your favourite Instagrammers?

As a person : @dotzsoh
As a photographer : too difficult to choose! So many with different styles!

What is your favourite shot of theirs?

See my answer above! My favourites are painters, musician and film makers that influence me: Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt , Claude Monet, Tim Burton, Michael Gondry and David Lynch.

How do you promote your work?

I never think to promote it. I am the kind of person that only follows my heart, doing what I feel is right.

To what do you attribute your success on Instagram?

I didn’t think I was popular until recently, but on this stage it’s made me confident that my taste and skill in photography have almost reached a professional photography level.

What do you do for a living outside of Instagram?

I make TV shows.

What advice would you give to Instagram newbies?

Keep creating and follow your own heart


If you’re not already one of @nala_rinaldo‘s 660,000 followers, why not check out more of his beautiful photography and follow him?