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The Advice Book for Instagram Bloggers

*This is a book review of Capture Your Style by Aimee Song.

Quick Facts

Author: Aimee Song
Release date: September 20, 2016
Genre: Self-help
Number of pages: 208
SJ Rating: 80%

The Review

“Even when something is deleted, screenshots can always come back to haunt you.”

Aimee Song

To be honest, I have mixed feelings about this book.

First off, I really appreciated the fact that there were more words than pictures. It definitely had more words than her other book I read. She said her reasoning for writing the book is because “I want to share my love of the human connection,” which I thought was really sweet. I also enjoyed the varying kinds of content and information.

Though I enjoyed the content, I feel like it was paced kind of weird. The book starts with a step-by-step guide to setting up Instagram, and the last two chapters were focused on increasing engagement and the business side of Instagram; there was also a super long chapter tossed in there. Lastly, (this can be taken as good or bad), it was for a specific kind of audience that didn’t include full-time college students working part-time jobs.

This is where it switches from being a review to a list of things I learned/want to keep in mind (there’s not much else I could say, review-wise):

  • phone is for insta photos; DLR or professional camera is for blog posts
  • hold finger down for about two seconds to activate ae/af lock on iPhone
  • “Constantly change up the types of images you’re posting so that you always have a story”
  • “A slightly off-center subject is more desirable than having it in the middle of the frame.”
  • place horizontal line slightly above or below the center of the shot
  • kneel and take the shot with camera angled up to make you look taller and leaner
  • clenching down on your teeth brings out your jawline
  • best angles for food pics: birds-eye or straight on
  • flat lay: have “star” of shot to build harmony and balance around

All in all, I’m not completely mad I read Aimee’s book; I learned a lot more than expected. It wasn’t a breezy read like the other one, which I appreciated. There was just something off about it, and I can’t quite put my finger on it.

“There’s no such thing as a ‘wrong’ outfit as long as you’re authentic.”

Aimee Song

Next book review: Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

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