8 Tips for Photographers to Boost Their Business Through Instagram

For photographers and other freelancers, turning your work into a legitimate business can be hard. You need impressive samples to get your client’s attention, and you need clients to get samples. Luckily, social media sites like Instagram provide a way of reaching more people (and prospective customers) than ever before. Do these 8 things when posting pictures on Instagram to start being taken seriously as a photographer.

 

Post Consistent Content Regularly

 

When on Instagram or on any social media, you are ideally building a presence that showcases you and your brand. Your followers will come to expect that you post at regular intervals and that you’re putting up relatively consistent content—if your photography niche is nature, but you post something different like headshots or self-portraits, those posts are less likely to get a response.

 

Use a White Border

When you add a white border around your photos, you show that you’re a real photographer who knows what you’re doing, and who is in control of the viewing process. By adding this space, you can preserve the original dimensions of your photos rather than having them manipulated into the square, vertical, or horizontal preset sizes on Instagram.

 

Take Advantage of Symmetry

Symmetry can add harmony and balance to an otherwise average photo. When you snap a shot using symmetry, you are showing your audience that you thought it out beforehand, and aren’t just posting pictures at random.

 

Avoid Selfies, Opt for Self Portraits

 

If you’re looking to attract clients, but still want to post pictures of yourself, instead of selfies aim for self-portraits that incorporate other artistic methods. Try shooting from a faraway angle, or use symmetry, as described above.

 

Underexpose Photos

Most Instagram photos are taken from iPhones. iPhones tend to over-process images and can wash out some of the details that can really take an otherwise great shot to the next level. To underexpose your photos, tap and hold the frame over a bright area within the shot. This will channel the focus and exposure on that point, leaving the rest of the photo less processed and more defined.

 

Buy Instagram Followers

 

Buying Instagram followers gives the appearance of a popular Instagram profile when potential clients view your profile. A client is more likely to do business with a service provider who has a large following. Additionally, a large following on your photography or personal accounts indicates a positive reaction from the audience when looking at your photos which helps build your reputation for future photography jobs due to the bandwagon effect. Purchasing followers through reliable sources is recommended, and our recommendation is Vibbi. Vibbi provides the highest quality Instagram promotion, as well as tools such as a web viewer and tool to back your photos up from your Instagram account: ideal for photographers to show off their gallery of photos from their Instagram in an effective way!

 

Add a Lens Over Your Phone’s Camera

Many Instagrammers boast close-ups of subjects like fruit, flowers, or insects that were taken with a smartphone. Chances are, they’re using a lens like an Olloclip that attaches over the existing iPhone lens. These detachable lenses are much more affordable than DSLR cameras normally needed to take those shots, and they can result in the same great detail for photos taken on a macro level.

 

Use Hashtags Properly

You want people to be able to find your photos. If you overuse common hashtags like #photographer or #ocean, your work is likely to get lost in the thousands of photos being added every second that are using those same hashtags. Instead, do some research and opt for more specific hashtags. Use the apps Tagstock (iPhone) or Favtags (Android) to help you decide which hashtags to use.

 

Keeping these things in mind will help you get taken more seriously as a true photographer utilizing Instagram to showcase their work.

5 Best Mobile Apps to Monitor Your Credit Score

Your credit score is a very important aspect of your financial health. This number is used to determine what financing terms and interest rates you pay – or whether you can get financing or credit in the first place.

Having a bad credit score is really frustrating. You may be turned down for a home loan, auto loan, new credit card, or even a job.

Today we review 5 best mobile apps that allow you to get a free credit score and manage your finances on the go. Let’s get started!

Credit Karma

Credit Karma is one of the most well known credit monitoring sites, and they offer an iPhone app so that you can keep track of your credit score on the go. Credit Karma is completely free, no credit card or paid subscription is necessary, and it provides your TransUnion credit score and shows you what factors affect this score.

With Credit Karma each section of your credit score is graded, and there are useful tips about what you need to work in so that your overall score is improved. While Credit Karma is available at no cost your credit score is only updated every 30 days.

Credit Sesame

Credit Sesame also allows you to monitor your credit score without any cost or charges, and no credit card is required. Many consumers like this app because it has an easy to use layout and is simple to understand.

Credit Sesame app shows you where your credit score may be lacking and provides suggestions on improvements that you can make to certain score aspects like debt to income ratio or past due accounts. Your score and relevant information is updated every 30 days.

Bill Guard

BillGuard is not a true credit monitoring app per se, but it is an app that can help you properly manage your finances and bills so that you maintain a good credit history and a higher credit score.

This app offers an analysis of your spending so you know exactly where your money is going, and it provides alerts about any fraudulent activity on your financial accounts within a short time period of this activity. There is no cost to use the BillGuard app and you can link together all of your financial accounts including bank accounts and credit accounts. BillGuard can give you financial peace of mind while protecting or helping you improve your credit score.

myFICO

myFICO is one of the oldest credit monitoring services offered online, and it has been around for quite some time. Now there is a mobile app as well, letting you get into your myFICO account and giving you access to all 3 credit bureau scores instantly.

This app does require a subscription to use and there is typically a cost involved, but in exchange you will get live updates and notifications whenever your credit score changes with one of the major credit reporting agencies. You even have the ability to set specified thresholds if desired with this monitoring app. Many consumers are willing to pay a subscription fee in order to get these benefits and access to all 3 of their credit scores.

Credit.com

Credit.com is another credit score monitoring app that is completely free to use, and this program updates approximately every 30 days.

You can access your Experian credit score, find tips and suggestions on raising your credit score, and even learn why specific factors affect your score in certain ways.

Which Credit Monitoring App You Like The Most?

Have you used any of the apps listed above? Did you find them helpful? Let us know in the comments!

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