Many of us have gotten used to making beautiful Instagram images with resources like Canva and Photoshop. The sucky part is that these tools are usually accessible on a computer or a tablet. But what if you’re on the go, and you have something amazing to share? There are 3 tools that will help you make quick Instagram pictures when you’re no where near Canva or Photoshop.
Instagram Tool: Dropbox
If you don’t have Dropbox, I’m not quite sure what you’re doing. But it’s one of the best tools to have if you’re running a business, period. Your Dropbox should be the home of your photos that you’ll use for your pictures, such as stock photos, template backgrounds, and any other elements you might need for your posts.
I personally have Dropbox for business, which gives me 1 TB of storage. I have literally all of my files in it. I have a special folder specifically for my stock photos that I’ve bought.
Stock Photo Resources: Create Her Stock, Colorstock, Black Stock, Creative Market
If you’re looking for beautiful and affordable stock photos that represent us, the following sites are the places to go:
Create Her Stock: From the site, “CreateHER Stock is a collection of awesome images for the everyday female blogger and creative of color. It’s here to serve as your go-to resource for photos that you can truly relate to.” You’ve probably seen many photos out there from this awesome site, because they have a freemium model. Every month, newsletter subscribers get a set amount of free images. The VIPs (such as myself) get unlimited photos for only $7/month.
Colorstock: From the site, “Colorstock is a curated stock photo library filling the growing need for authentic depictions of people of color.” I love this site because the photos are high quality, in a variety of scenarios (food, sports, technology, etc), and are usually about $7/each. I’m also happy to boast that one of my good friends, photographer Zyaire Porter of Porterhouse LA, is a contributor.
Black Stock: From the site, “A more authentic and respectful stock imagine collection of Black Culture, People and Life.” Aside from founder Kenneth D. Wiggins being a huge supporter of Startup Noire, Black Stock has a great library of stock photos featuring black men and women, capturing life from our viewpoint.
Creative Market: From the site, “Creative Market is a platform for handcrafted, mousemade design content from independent creatives around the world.” I’ve used Creative Market to get not only stock photos, but mockups, themes, and fonts too. While it’s not super diverse, if you want object focused items, this is the place to go.
Instagram Tool: Adobe Post
Now you need an app to make a statement on the picture. Enter Adobe Post. I saw an ad for the app on Instagram, funny enough. It’s a free app that lets you style your photo and add text as well. It’s super easy to use, but because I care, I did a quick app demo for Adobe Post.
Instagram Tool: Watermark
Finally, stealing is real in these social media streets. While some people think it’s tacky to include a watermark, I believe it’s essential for branding and for copyright protection (not necessarily legally, but it’d be nice if people knew where the original picture came from. I have a PNG (transparent background) version of my logo saved, so I add it, pretty small, in the corner of my photos.
I use the app Watermark to do just that: add a watermark! Another way to add your logo is to create an on-the-go template with your logo already added to some stock photos. You’d use those strictly for when you’re away from the desk, and need to make a post, well, on the go!
Bonus Instagram Tool: Keyboard Shortcuts
As you may know, Instagram allows you to use up to 30 hashtags. While I personally think 30 might be pushing it, they’re good for branding and getting found by your target audience. As opposed to having all of your hashtags in a note on your phone, set up a keyboard shortcut to enter them for you quickly.
Just like Siri loves changing “omw” to “On my way!” like you’re super excited about everything, get her super excited about your hashtags instead and save yourself some time.
When I type in “#snht” (Startup Noire Hashtags), it auto-corrects to:
When I type in “#bght” (Black Girls Hashtags), it auto-corrects to:
You know how much time that saves?!
And now that Instagram has rolled out the ability to switch between profiles (hallelujah!), it’s easier than ever to Gram on the Go.