Don Schindler

Digital Strategy & Executive Social Media Trainer

Month: August 2016

How to use Instagram Stories For Your Farm or Business

Wait, Don, what’s Instagram? Go here to find out at Instagram for your farm. Then come back to this story.

Instagram Stories is simply just a way to add multiple photos/videos together to make a story. But here are three reasons I think you should be using it along with a quick tutorial.

1. It’s hot right now. Things don’t last too long in internet land and right now people are checking out the new feature. There are very few people posting a lot of Instagram Stories so you have a fighting chance to be up at the top of everyone’s feeds (that follow you).

Instagram Stories are hot!

 

2. It’s really simple to use and has almost all the same features as Snapchat without the confusion of Snapchat’s interface.

It's simple to use.

So how do you use it?

Open Instagram.

Click on the + sign at the top left.

add-instagram-stories

 

The big button in the bottom is for photos and video – just click once for a photo and hold for video.

record-button-instagram-stories

 

Once you are finished with the photo/video, it will let you edit the screen by writing with the pen, marker or glowing marker. Or you can add text and then move it around or make it larger/smaller by pinching and pulling the text.

edit-instagram-stories

add-doodle-instagram-stories

add-text-instagram-stories

 

After you finished adding text or doodles, then you can cancel or save (down arrow) or use the Check Box to add to your 24 hour story.

Easy as pie.

3. Stories don’t last forever on it (only 24 hours) so you can have fun and tell a quick story about the farm. Here’s some farms doing so cool stuff with it.

Only 24 hours

Now you can exclude some people from seeing your stories.

https://www.instagram.com/waymar_dairy/

https://www.instagram.com/idfa/

https://www.instagram.com/thelittlehouseonthedairy/

https://www.instagram.com/udayoungcooperators

https://www.instagram.com/nyfarmgirls

https://www.instagram.com/vetpracticevahs

Unfortunately you can’t like Stories yet but you can message people direct through Instagram and give them some love that way.

If you go to the three little dots as the bottom, you can do some cool things there as well.

You can Delete, Save Video, Share as Post or go into Story Settings.

adjust-settings-instagram-stories

Once there, you can Hide the Story from people or allow message replies from Everyone, People You Follow, or turn it Off.

hide-settings-instagram-stories

Have fun using it and let me know if you have any questions. You can hit up at don.schindler at dairy.org or  use Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.

14 Photo Apps That Help You Take Better Pictures

Created with Snapseed

Created this photo using Snapseed – so easy

Snapseed – FREE – 4.5 (iOS) / 4.5 (Android) stars
Perfect your photos in a snap with the new Snapseed 2. This app brings to your mobile device the power and control of professional photo editing software, previously only available on the desktop. Now with the tap of a finger you can retouch, adjust perspective, re-edit, and more.

Layout from Instagram – FREE – 4.5 (iOS) / 4.5 (Android) stars
Create fun, one-of-a-kind layouts by remixing your own photos and sharing them with your friends. Choose photos from your camera roll—or use the built-in Photo Booth to take spur-of-the-moment shots—and instantly see them laid out in various combinations. Pick the layout you like best, then edit it to make it your own.

Pixlr – FREE – 4 (iOS) / 4.5 (Android) stars
Unlock your creativity with Pixlr – the free photo editor! Capture any moment and make it beautiful with over 2 million combinations of free effects, overlays, and filters. Once you’re done, share your finished work directly to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or your other favorite social networks!

PicLab HD – FREE – 4.5 (iOS) / 4.5 (Android) stars
PicLab Studio is the go-to app for your design needs. Produce stunning images by combining text, artwork, graphics, effects & photos.

Qwik – FREE – 4 (iOS) / 3.5 (Android) stars
Qwik is the fastest and easiest way to make pretty photos and to share them with friends on your favorite social media. Take your photos further and easily add stunning Artwork, Typography & Effects to your photos. The app was designed to making it effortless to edit photos into great design pieces in no time and absolutely no experience!

VSCO – FREE – 2 (iOS) / 4.5 (Android) stars
Create, discover, and connect on VSCO®.
Shoot and edit your images with our superior mobile presets and advanced camera controls. Publish images and journals, or curate others to your VSCO profile. Explore content from the people you follow, curated work from the community, and exclusive editorial content from VSCO Originals.

Superimpose – $.99 – 5 (iOS) / 4 (Android) stars
Just with a few taps, create professional grade superimposed or juxtaposed photos on your iPhone! You don’t need a computers and expensive software to superimpose or blend/mix/combine/cut/copy/paste one photo on top of another any more.

Camera+ – $2.99 iOS / FREE Android – 4.5 (iOS) / 4 (Android) stars
It’s all about one thing… great photos! Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or someone who’s barely touched a camera, Camera+ will make you love taking photos.

Honorable Mentions
Camera MX
Procamera
Mixture
Enlight
Fotor
Faded
Lifecake

What questions would you like me to answer now? Just hit me up on socia l media or just email me at don.schindler at dairy.org.

Also what should you be taking photos of and how should you do it? Here’s a simple program.

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