Over the years I’ve come across more than a handful of people who wanted to join bookstagram but didn’t. Why? Lack of props. Whenever I hear this reason, I’m sad because this means one less voice in the bookstagram community. The primary topic of conversation is books. Props are just that — props. Sometimes they’re the focus but most of the time they aren’t. This means that ultimately, props are not required.
One frustrating thing about bookstagram is copyright infringement. This happens when someone else reposts an image without permission from the photographer or illustrator. To be clear, crediting the content producer doesn’t absolve anyone of violating copyright. The point of contention is permission.
Initially, I meant to put together a post outlining ten desktop editing options. This would have been a logical follow-up to my post on ten mobile photo editing apps. I trawled the App Store every other week for new apps, considered recommendations from photographers and read posts from bloggers across various niches.
Backgrounds can make or break a photo. When framing photos, it’s easy to get stuck on the items intentionally included — books and other props in the case of bookstagram. Is the book cover visible? Does the mug fit the theme? Which vase to use? These details matter, of course, but the background is what ties everything together. That’s why this edition of Bookstagram 101 rounds up seven backgrounds to add variety to your Instagram feed.