As many of you might have noticed, Instagram recently released their latest update Instagram Stories. My first reaction was rather negative, as it is a copy of Snapchat, but after giving it some thought I've come to the conclusion that this can be a great way to connect further with all of you.
What is Instagram Stories?
With Instagram Stories, you don’t have to worry about overposting. Instead, you can share as much as you want throughout the day — with as much creativity as you want. You can bring your story to life in new ways with text and drawing tools. The photos and videos will disappear after 24 hours and won’t appear on your profile grid or in feed.
- Instagram Introducing Instagram Stories
As you can see it's very similar to Snapchat, in fact it's more or less the exact same thing. So how can this be a good update?
I've been on Instagram for a long time and that's where most my followers are but on snapchat it took a lot of convincing from people around me before I decided to finally create an account a few months ago. Rather than spending time building a new audience on a different platform, I feel like Instagram Stories is a better option for me as I reach way more people in much shorter time. Yes, that means that for now I won't be using Snapchat anymore.
How I'll Use Instagram Stories
Like I just mentioned, from now on I'll be using Instagram Stories rather than snapchat to share behind the scenes and other photography related stuff. Having this "all-in-one app" keeps it much easier for me.
If you're following me on Instagram and you're interested in seeing my Instagram Stories this is what you'll get:
Behind the Scenes
When I'm out travelling I'll bring you along on my adventures. This will be both when I'm photographing locally and when I'm out travelling to other countries. I'll show you the places I'm photographing, the places I'm travelling through, interesting things I see on the way and other things that are related to my photography and travelling. I'll also share some information of the locations and images I'm taking and explaining why I'm using that lens or filter.
Tips & Tricks
Teaching others the fundamentals (or advanced techniques) of photography is something I really enjoy. That was also the reason I started CaptureLandscapes, a place where you can improve your landscape photography.
In my Instagram Stories I'll share my best tips & tricks about both technical aspects of photography and post production. I'll tell you why I do what I do and how you can do the same.
Question & Answers
I normally receive many questions from my followers on email and on different chats. The truth is that I unfortunately don't have enough time to answer all these questions, especially since many of them require long answers. So, to answer as many questions as possible I will do Q&As on Instagram Stories.
Simply send me a question directly on Instagram (as a DM) and I'll do my best to reply in a story. I'm aiming to answer at least one question each day, if I get that many questions, so the chances are high that I'll answer your question!
Announcements & Special Offers
Every now and then I have some announcements to make. This can be related to upcoming trips, ebooks or products such as calendars and prints. When these announcements are made I'll also put together exclusive offers that are only given to my Instagram followers and that disappear after 24 hours. So, stay tuned!
This is what you can expect from me on Instagram Stories. I hope you follow along and don't be afraid to send me some questions!
If you want to learn how you can benefit from Instagram Stories be sure to take a look at my tutorial How to Take Advantage of Instagram Stories.