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9 ways to up your bookstagram game


Bookstagram has pretty much taken over our lives here at MP!. We pick certain editions of books because they’ll look cool in snaps, hoarde strange things to be used as props and we’re ALWAYS in search of good lighting.

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But how do you make your bookstagram compete with the masters? Let us give you a few tips.

Props can give a perfectly good picture that extra oomph to make it a great picture. 

It’s obviously super cool if the props match an element of the books, but you can also go on colour, shape or even just because it looks darn cool!

Lighting is your friend.


You really can’t beat natural light. If you can’t find it indoors, take your books outside while we’ve still got some daylight! This will get harder as we slip into Autumn and Winter, so plan to get your bookstagram shoots in early in the day.

It’s not all about filters. 

Filters are obvs amazing and we love them, but don’t forget that you can manually edit and adjust your pictures to get them perfect. Sometimes it’s even more effective! You can find the manual tools in the Instagram app and just on your phone’s camera.

Take part in challenges.

Did you take part in our ‘Geek Girl’ challenge earlier in the year? Instagram challenges are a great way to get yourself out there with people tracking tags and hosts sharing and regramming their favourites.

Stock up on shots to post when you don’t have time for a full-blown photography session. 

Did we have time to stage and shoot this epic Harry Potter pic in the middle of YALC? Ha! But we didn’t miss a day of bookstagram because we had the picture all prepped and ready to post on our phone (btw, have you entered to win a signed YALC tote bag yet?)

Use what you’ve got. 

When your mum brings home a tub of mini doughnuts, you steal those suckers and take the perfect picture before the siblings descend and they’re gone. (Also a perfect opportunity to snaffle a few for yourself.)

Focus.

No, no, we know you’re focusing, but is your camera? If you’re Instagramming on your phone, simply tapping the screen will make the camera focus on that spot. It sounds pernickety, but it makes SO much difference.

Sometimes less is more. 

You don’t need 10 props, 6 books and snazzy filter to take a gorgeous picture. Sometimes, that 1 extra thing is what makes a picture perfect, but sometimes taking it away makes it even better.

You do you. 

If you love it, post about it. Don’t obsess over themes, what gets the most likes or comments – it’s your space for you to share the things you love. You do you!

Let us know your top tips for conquering bookstagram at @maximumpopbooks

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Written by Sophie Waters

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Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.