#Bookstagram - Making Book Instagram Photos!

(1/9/17: There’s a new post up about my bookstagram adventures here!)

So I discovered the world of book Instagram photos recently and that pretty much was it for me. It has basically consumed my life. Wait, wait. Actually, books consume my life. But this is slowly inching its way to second place.

Wait, book Instagram photos, you say? Well, person who is rarely on Instagram or who probably just doesn’t know about the Instagram book world: book Instagram photos, or bookstagrams, for short, are basically photos featuring books. From currently reading photos, to recent hauls, to monthly book crates, these photos from book lovers all around the world are sure to inspire and captivate their followers and fellow bookstagramers.

I have been obsessing about which book to bookstagram next, it’s insane. I don’t yet have much props, and I’m only using my iphone to take photos currently, but I expect that to slowly change as I get used to the world of bookstagrams.

Sounds cool. So how do I start taking these book Instagram photos?

I’d tell you, but I’m super new at this. For example, it’s September 2016 right now and I just turned my account into a bookstagram account in, well, September 2016. But there are these couple of posts that’s helping me get started:

  • Bookstagram Tips and Tricks by @myriadinklings. It’s a pretty exhaustive tutorial (5 parts long!) and she gives useful tips on what to write on your very first post, which hashtags to use, and how to integrate with the community. Definitely a must-read for those starting out!
  • How to Fabulously Get Started on Bookstagram by @paperfury. I personally love this post because she is hilarious. Like the one above, she also talks about equipment, where to get props, as well as theme-ing your bookstagram account and lots of other useful tips.
  • 101 Guide to a Successful Bookstagram by @eviebookish. I like this post because she also talks about her journey to a successful Instagram account. It goes to show that people like her with thousands of followers started out somewhere small! She also lists apps and software she uses for editing, as well as cropping and props.

Wait. So if you’re not giving me any tips and tricks, then what the hell is this post about?

Well, hypothetically rude reader I just came up with randomly in my brain, this post is to document my bookstagram journey and what I’m currently doing as an utter newb. And, in the off-chance that you might also be an utter newb, you might also be looking for the bare-bones apps to get you started.

For example, right now, I’m only using an iPhone 6s to take photos. While the camera isn’t bad, it’s not perfect. But I am using a couple of apps to improve my images.

  • Slow Shutter Cam ($2.98): Helps with shots with fairy lights or candles. It also creates motion blurs and light trails!
  • Focus Twist (FREE): Creates that depth of field similar to that of DSLRs. Really great app for making your bookstagram photos look professional!

I’ll be using those apps until I manage to save up enough money for a DSLR. And maybe once I’ve gotten the hang of bookstagram a bit more, I’ll make a better post about it!

In any case, I hope to go back to this post someday and remember to keep pressing onwards, and I hope that anyone who sees this post and who’s also starting out on bookstagram can relate to it. And also probably pick up a few things on what and what not to do at the expense of my utter newbness.

So let me show you my starting-out book Instagram photos!

This is my very first bookstagram post on Instagram, for example:

It’s actually a photo I took a couple of years ago, when I got the Australian Limited Edition Hunger Games covers from a friend’s sister who visited there. It’s one of my favorite covers, and I hope to take a better photo of it when I get back to my home country, since that’s where I keep most of my books.

And that’s not even technically my first post; my first few posts were just pictures of book covers with a link to this blog. I deleted it because I wanted my feed to look more like the bookstagram account that I was turning it into.

So basically what I did here is based on the advice of myriadinklings; just post something and introduce yourself to the bookstagram world! I think I got this.

I have a couple more posts before the one above, but this is the photo that I’m especially proud about. I bought some fairy lights (they broke down a few days later, boo) and took out my Trials of Apollo copy and my tarot deck and out came this picture. I have alternate shots that I’ll probably use when I finish the review and make an announcement post on my Instagram account.

And lastly, this is my most recent one!

All three of the bookstagram tips and tricks posts I linked above talk about a common theme to your bookstagram account. I had been thinking about a theme for mine and I think I want it to have a lot of reds and blacks and whites. It’s a favorite color combo of mine so I think I’ll stick to mostly those colors. Probably toss in some dark, fairy lights-lit photos while I’m at it.

I’m so excited to start this account and I seriously need to plan more photoshoots soon! If you’re interested in looking at more photos, please do follow my Instagram account, @yalitreads!

I’m also on Twitter, Goodreads, and Google +! Please follow me there if you like!

Or you can follow my blog with Bloglovin!

Do you have your own bookstagram account, or some favorite bookstagram accounts? Link me to them below (so I can also follow them lol)!

14 Comments on #bookstagram – Making Book Instagram Photos!

  1. Joy
    September 17, 2016 at 5:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow, I am a published author, blogger and a freelance writer and somehow I had never before heard of bookstagrams! What a cool concept!

    I would imagine that this is an awesome way for fans to show their support of a particular series or author. My 12-year-old daughter is an avid reader of books from a variety of genres.

    I will definitely have to share your site with her. This is something I could definitely see here getting into! Keep up the fantastic work! I love your site and can feel how passionate you are about the topic you’ve chosen!

    I look forward to learning more!


    • Chiqui
      September 18, 2016 at 2:01 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much! I’ve only recently discovered bookstagrams as well, so you’re not alone haha!

      It is indeed a pretty awesome way for fans to show their support. Fans can be really creative too, using their props to bring out the feel of the book. I’m glad to hear your daughter is a book reader!

      And thanks so much I hope she enjoys her time at my site!

  2. Stephanie
    September 17, 2016 at 7:33 pm (3 years ago)

    I love how you write, just cracks me up. I’ve never heard of bookstagram before, and really haven’t been a big instagram user. I’m trying to get more involved in it though and am just a newbie as well. Your links are helpful. Thanks for the info! Also, glad to know I’m not the only one just now getting into instagram lol

    • Chiqui
      September 18, 2016 at 2:02 am (3 years ago)

      LOL thanks I try my best! I haven’t been much of an instagram user either, although I’ve had a personal one for a while. Glad you like it and I hope the links help you out, it certainly did for me!

  3. compteach
    September 18, 2016 at 8:13 am (3 years ago)

    Hello this is an amazing idea. Im using Instagram but I have never had an idea of bookstagram. Its really great when youns are innovative, maybe you should make a video about bookstagram. Your page design is great and i really like a way you write your posts. just keep going and work hardly

    • Chiqui
      September 18, 2016 at 10:09 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks a lot! A video about Instagram sounds interesting to make, I’m not sure when I can but I’ll keep that in mind. And thanks so much for the kind words, they’re much appreciated!

  4. Lionismee
    September 18, 2016 at 4:01 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for teaching us about bookstagram. I have a niece who will be very interested in this. I’m sure that most of her posts will involve anime or science fiction.
    I am also an avid reader but I think that pictures of my old Kindle would be rather boring on instagram. Any suggestions?

    • Chiqui
      September 20, 2016 at 1:59 am (3 years ago)

      you’re welcome! I’m kind of new at bookstagraming too but I hope to get better with practice. 🙂

      I’ve actually seen really pretty bookstagrams with Kindles! The best way to go about it is to use props to make the shot look great. You can either use a lot of colors (since the b&w of the kindle will stand out that way) or you can use pale colors.. Or even a lot of white props and backgrounds! I particularly like flowers and stems.

      Hope that helps

  5. Brit
    September 26, 2016 at 4:51 pm (3 years ago)

    LOOK AT THOSE HUNGER GAMES BOOKS. *DROOLS* I think this is a great launch!

    • Chiqui
      September 27, 2016 at 1:45 am (3 years ago)

      THANK YOU I love those covers, so glad my friend agreed to buy them for me (on behalf of her sister lol)

  6. Filipa @ down the reading hole
    September 26, 2016 at 6:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Fun fact: I only started my bookstagram this month as well!!!! You photos are awesome and thank for linking to those posts – those tips are life-savers. As a bookstagram-newbie, I’m still feeling my way about, trying this and that and failing miserably once in a while. But it is still really fun and, when I’m not taking mildly good photos :p, I’m drooling over other people’s masterpieces and dreaming that one day I’ll be like them. Oh well – that’s the life of a bookworm

    • Chiqui
      September 27, 2016 at 1:44 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks I’m glad you found the links helpful! And aaah thank you I just take them with my phone but I hope to get a DSLR soon! I think I already followed your Instagram, lmk if I didn’t though lol!

  7. Kevin
    September 27, 2016 at 2:09 pm (3 years ago)

    I never thought of or even heard about bookstagraming. I’m pretty new to Instagram as well. I have a coin collecting blog I started in May and started Twitter and Instagram for this blog around the end of June. This sounds like a good idea. I’ll have to look into this more. Thanks for the idea!

    • Chiqui
      September 27, 2016 at 2:57 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you glad you find this helpful! Let me know when you do get a bookstagram account so I can follow you! 🙂


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