We first took note of Ibby’s work on Instagram @i_khan_kapture. His photographs are bright and colourful and his Photoshop skills are remarkable even though he’s never had professional training. There is a rise in young photographers who embrace the possibilities of photo editing software. Editing your photographs can be a great way to enhance your photographs and add a touch of personal style.
Learn more about the Instagram community
Ibby enjoys the support and inspiration he gets from the Instagram community. “We motivate each other and I’ve met some of my closest friends through photography and Instagram.” Guys like @jozigrams and @weexploreZA put a lot of effort into keeping the community alive, giving more photographers the opportunity to improve and network by hosting Instameets.
Followers want to see a colour scheme
Colour can subliminally influence the decisions we make, and the things we like and buy. It can also influence what people like on Instagram. Ibby says that colour-coding your feed gives your profile a unique aesthetic look and consistency that may increase your following. Although he doesn’t have a specific colour scheme, he does like using bright colours, “so my feed pretty much looks like a rainbow with the odd desaturated photo here and there”.
How to increase your Instagram following:
- Post only your best work. It’s all about quality, not quantity.
- Engage with other Instagrammers. “Make time to engage with those who comment on your photos and I’m not talking about a bunch of flame emojis; be genuine.”
- Be consistent. Post as often as you can whilst keeping in mind that it’s all about quality. He posts Monday to Friday between 6-7pm and doesn’t post over the weekends as he wants to enjoy this time shooting and relaxing. Find a rhythm that works for you.
- Networking. It’s all about the community. Go out to Instameets near you, hang out with other Instagrammers, go shooting and encourage each other to grow both creatively and on Instagram.
- Be yourself! It’s very important to stay true to yourself and refrain from merely following trends.