Instagram tips for artists
Instagram mistakes many artists make
Either it can be cropped wrong, or the photo was taken like this. Sometimes the missing part is so small, you might not even notice when you take the picture. Show the whole thing and only then you can share details.
#2: Messy composition
Showing your dirty laundry or random items on the background can be distracting. Don’t include anything that does not help you transmit your message. Don’t rely excessively on photo editing tools to take care of the mess. It’s always better to get it right at the beginning. (would you wanna be born pretty or through plastic surgery?)
Take your art out of the frame so you can avoid reflections from the glass surface.
#4: Instagram filters
It’s cool to take portraits with filter, but not your art. You need to show your art as it is. The main reason is that if someone buys it, he will need to get what he saw.
Showing your art among other things, or showing too many pieces of art at once can also give this confusion like ‘where should my eyes land?’ Make sure your art is the star, not the co-stars competing against each other for attention. Publish the other artists’ artwork you shoot or repost on a different account.
Don’t put big ugly watermarks! If someone steals your work but you communicate it well, it will be easy to find you via reverse image search. So this is a free advertisement.
#7: Awkward angles
Try to avoid shooting your main image with awkward angles (actually any angle at all). It doesn’t faithfully render your art. Especially if you have a dark frame, it shows very well how unnatural it looks. Take your main photo square on like a passport photo. It might not be the most creative way to show your work, but it’s the safest way.
Instagram photography tips
‘My 570 posts on Instagram only got me 520 followers. What have I done wrong? Can you give me some advice on my photos?’
This kind of question pushed me to write these tips: I’m going to share some good practices and give you…
9 tips on how to take better photos of your art on Instagram
#1: Aspect Ratio
When you frame your shot, think about aspect ratio. You can take 1:1 or 4:5 (slightly longer photos, 1080px by 1350px) depending on your art. If your artwork is slightly longer, it’s even better because it occupies more areas of the screen. However, if your artwork is horizontal, don’t publish like that. Among other square photos, it looks like a banner. Make a ‘passepartout’ white space around it, and upload as a square photo.
#2: Show multiples
You can upload up to 10 photos in the same post. It allows you to show some details, such as close-ups of your painting, as one of these multiple photos. However, make sure your main image is the ‘passport photo’ of your painting.
#3: Use props
Use items to tell your story alongside your painting. It is ok to include some fine art supplies, plants or anything really. For example, you can use seashells to decorate a painting of the sea. Use color or light contrast for example, and make the image pop, and play with the composition. Just don’t overdo it. If the props are too attention-seeking, your views can be distracted.
-Meera Lee Patel
#4: Include yourself
After seeing your art, people would like to know you. It’s great to show yourself making art in the photo, either in front, behind, next to it, holding it… Try to find a stylish way to present yourself. Imagine this is the ‘behind the scene’ photo of your art creation. If you are a bit shy, put it as the second photo in a series of multiples. You will get used to showing yourself later!
#5: Background texture
It’s ok to have textured background like wood, sand, concrete or fabric as long as it helps to reflect the work.
#6: Use a Frame
Frames can make your work look more expensive. Include a frame especially if you give the option for the collectors to buy framed art.
#7: Use Grids
Use 9 photos to showcase a large canvas. Make sure your original photo is at least 3240 pixels on each side. You can do it in Photoshop, also there are some Apps for mobile. Most of these Apps come with a watermark. There is a free one called 9 Square is free, on Android.
#8: Steal like an artist
Look at the top ones in your niche and see what they do.
#9: Create your style
Research, experiment and find your style. It can be a certain theme, look, or vibe. Once you find your visual identity, be e consistent. Imagine your account is like an art collection, you are the artist and the curation of this collection. You want to show your progress but stay within the same line of work. You can achieve this by customized presets in Photoshop, so you can achieve the consistency by just a click of a button.
# Bonus tip
Send your work to an influencer (that you know) with a handwritten note. Or just get a local influencer to stand in for a shoot so you can tag them and get their followers.