How To Bookstagram Part 2

I recently surpassed 30,000 followers on Instagram so to celebrate, I decided that it was time to post “How To Bookstagram Part 2” 🙂 Starting on April 2, 2016, I will try my best to post a bookstagram themed post on my blog every Saturday so if you have any questions about bookstagram or have any ideas/requests on what I should talk about for this new “blog series” please let me know! 😀

Please keep in mind that this is just how I take photos, edit them, and whatnot!  I will be dividing this “How to Bookstagram” guide into three parts.  Part two is all about how I take photos and edit them.

Once I have all three parts up, I will link them here:

Part 1 – Intro/Basic Tips

Part 3 – Followers/Likes/Conclusion


What is bookstagram? Bookstagram is Instagram’s platform for book lovers.  The community is filled with people who want to share their love for books through photographs. 

my personal experience:

I have been a part of the bookstagram community since January 2, 2015.  My username is @celinereads. I was not sure how I felt about joining the community because at the time, I only owned around ten books and I thought that there was no way that I was going to be able to post regularly.  After I joined bookstagram, I started to buy more books to build my collection.  Keep in mind that you do not have to have a large collection of books to join the bookstagram community.  You can take photos of your own books, library books, e-books.  Basically anything that will allow you to discuss books with other book lovers.

how I take my photos

I have been asked countless amount of times what camera I use to take my photos and what filter/app I use to edit my photos so I am going to discuss it all here.

  1. Camera:  I use a Sony Nex-5N to take the majority of my photos.  Sometimes, I use the camera that comes with the iPhone 6s+, and no one really notices a difference so it is not necessary to use a DSLR camera.  All you really need is any kind of camera.  If you are just starting out with bookstagram, I would suggest using your phone camera or any camera that you already have and then investing in a better camera later on, but it is not necessary to use a big, fancy camera!
  2. Lighting:  I talked about lighting in part one so I will briefly discuss it here.  I highly recommend using natural lighting when taking photos.  The colors look more realistic and vibrant, in my opinion, but you can always edit a photo to make the lighting exactly how you want it.
  3. Editing:  To me, editing is the most important step. Yes, even more important than the camera you use. When I first started posting photos, I used the Leila filter on the Afterlight app for all my photos.  When I used the ripped out pages of a book as my background for a few weeks, I used the Russ filter on the Afterlight app for those photos.  Now, I don’t filter my photos.  All I do is use the Instagram app to adjust the brightness, contrast, structure, warmth, saturation, and sharpness.  Here is an example of why I think that editing is the most important step.  On the left is the photo without any editing and the right is edited.

  4. Theme: By theme, I mean editing your photos all the same way or using the same background consistently.  Having a theme isn’t necessary in my opinion, but I think that it makes an Instagram feed look more neat. For me, I don’t use the same backgrounds.  I like to switch it around, but I always edit my photos the same way, which is super bright and colorful.
  5. Have Fun:  Don’t think of bookstagramming as a chore!  Bookstagram, like reading, should be a hobby not a requirement.  I said this in part one, but if you don’t feel like posting or taking photos, don’t!  I find that taking photos of books helps me channel my inner creativeness and it makes me happy so if you’re getting bored of taking photos, switch up the background or find a new, creative way to show off those beautiful books!


I hope this post helpful for anyone who is new to bookstagram or for anyone in general!  As always, if you have a bookstagram account and you want me to check it out, feel free to put your username in the comments and I will definitely check it out!





51 thoughts on “How To Bookstagram Part 2

  1. Gabby says:

    This has helped me, thank you! I’ve just started out with my account and needed a few tips to get me started. my insta username is @smellofnewbooks 🙂

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  2. Paula Marie says:

    Congrats girl!!! I really love your pictures, your books and well everything that has to do with books. I really like your feed because I read more less the same genre that you do, so yeah. I would be very honored if you could visit my bookstagram @marie_shewolf so you see it haha. Actually right now I’m doing a “bookshot” so I’ll just go and finish that hehe! Thank you for the tips, really helpfull.

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  3. Paula Marie says:

    Congrats gir! I really like your feed and your taste in books, cause well those are my favorites too. Thank you so much for the tips, they obviously help, and on that note: right now I’m doing a “bookshot” and all advice is welcomed. My bookstagram is @marie_shewolf if you ever like to go and see it, like it, and any feedback I will appreciate 🙂
    – Sincerely a fan
    Pd. Hello from Mexico

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  4. Leyanis M says:

    Congrats on reaching 30K!!!! 🙂 you deserve it, your feed is gorgeous♥ For my the hardest part is finding the right light for picture time ;A; or really, finding the time to get the things set up XD great post btw! ^^

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    • celinereads says:

      Thank you so much!! 🙂

      I totally understand the whole lighting thing. It took me awhile to figure out the right time, but after experiment with different hours of the day, I found that an hour or two before noon is the best time for me to take photos. Oh, and I get it! sometimes I’m too lazy to get things set up for photos or to find the time to take photos so I try to do “book photoshoots” once I start taking photos so I don’t have to take everything out again everyday 😛

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  5. Anwesha Sahu says:

    Congratulations on 30K ! Your feed is so beautiful…and it happens to be one of my favourite accounts.And your blog posts about bookstagram-ing have been really useful…like so much useful….Also,can you please check out my account? It’s @living_in_the_pages .I could really do with a piece of advice.. 🙂

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  6. sophia says:


    i just started today and i’m kind of impatient.. when will my followers increase? when will i start getting traction? how long did it take u to get to where u are?

    okay, i’m done hounding 🙂



  7. chattyfangirl says:

    Hi Celine! I love your blog! I have also started a little book and lifestyle blog and I would love it if you could check it out and maybe follow and like? It’s called chattyfangirl at wordpress. Anyone else reading this i would love it if you would also check it but don’t feel u have to. Xxx


  8. beckakw says:

    Hi Celine! I recently followed your insta account and just started your April book challenge. It’s so fun! I love your account and your blog! I started a blog with wordpress early in the year and am still trying to get it going ( I would love any tips you have for beginner bloggers. Also, I wondered what your opinion was on staring a bookstagram on a personal account. My username is @bdubs01. Thanks! 🙂


  9. Samantha says:

    Hi Celine, I recently got into bookstagramming mainly because of you and your account 😅 I absolutely love your photos and congrats on 30k, that’s insane! You’ve inspired me to start an account myself (@littlepapershower), so thank you 💙 I’ll hopefully be trying to do your April book tag (starting slightly late) but yeah, basically you’re awesome and thank you 😄

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  10. Nadine Rouchdy says:

    This is so helpful Celine! I’m a huge fan of your account!! I’ve just started up a bookstagram channel – would you mind checking it out? It’s “readbydine” 🙂 any advice would be great!

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  11. Anonymous says:

    Congrats on 30k!
    I was wondering what app and which filter you use to touch up your photos? I don’t have a bookstagram I’m just interested for general use.


  12. BooksAndOtherMiracles says:

    this was a super help! Congrats on 3(8 by now)k… your photos are flawless! my bookstagram is @booksandothermiracles…. thanks for the advice… 🙂 Xx


  13. Beautiful Leaves says:

    This is so helpful! I love you!! I began my bookstagram about 2.5 months ago, and I love it! I was badly injured in January and I’ve been bed-ridden. Bookstagram has really saved my sanity. This is so nice to have extra information and tips. I really liked the part about editing- I think that’s my hardest part. But you made it so easier to understand. If you ever have time, could you let me know if my “theme” looks concise? And the editing flows? I would love your opinion or individual tips. Check me out at reading_until_dawn


  14. Audrey says:

    Thanks so much for writing this series! I’m actually finding it hard to have a theme. Most of my pictures are against a white wall but it just looks plain and cheap. I really want to take creative photos but they never turn out right even though it looks so simple >< I've just started bookstagram and my username is @cloudreads so if you have any recommendations on how to improve that'd be really appreciated!


  15. downthereadingholeblog says:

    HI! This was so helpful, I started bookstagramming about two months ago and I really enjoy it! Congrats on 40K you have such an amazing account, you deserve it! My account doesn’t have a theme since I am in the middle of moving so it’s easier for me. I was thinking about starting a theme once I settle down, would you recommend it? PS my instagram is down.the.readinghole


  16. Libby Gregory says:

    Hi, I’m trying to take better pictures for my bookstagram as well, i may need some help. I like to take pic outside with the natural light, (but lately its been to hot to go outside ). What should i do?


  17. touchofpages says:

    Celine you’re very inspirational! Congrats on 58K!!🎉🎉 This was very helpful to me because I’m restarting my bookstagram and changing my feed. You are one of the few bookstagrams who inspire me so much. If you maybe have some time, I’d be very grateful to you if you check my bookstagram @touchofpages. Ty and love you❤


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