How I Take & Edit My Bookstagram Photos!

Hi all!

Today I am going to run you through a very BASIC guide on how I take and edit my Bookstagram photos. If you want to follow me on Instagram (or just check out my profile) visit @my_bookish_universe. Now, I am by no means a professional photographer/editor. In fact, my images cannot compare to some incredible accounts I’ve seen online. But if you are curious to start a Bookstagram, and only have a simple smart-phone, I can show you how to make your pictures look a bit more presentable and fun. Let’s get into it!


I take all my photographs on an iPhone 6. I may not have the latest model, but I really like the quality of the camera. 


The theme of my Bookstagram is: colour. I like to include lots of bright tones and playful patterns. I also aim to match the book covers with similar backgrounds or use props that relate to the titles. Here are a few examples:


In this Bookstagram photo, I’ve used a lacy white dress and my actual wedding shoes to match the theme of the book itself. I like how it makes the colours on the cover pop. I’m really proud of this one.


In this Bookstagram photo, I’ve matched my red and white dress with the cover of the book. I can’t believe how good it looks against this background!


You would not believe how many of my daughter’s things make great Bookstagram props. I have her red velvet dress and white baby blanket as a background. I like how those two shades match the colours on the cover. The little girl’s dress is also relevant to the plot itself.


This Bookstagram photo is quite simple, but still beautiful in my opinion. I put the book on a black background and then added sticker stars to the fabric. It really brings out the galaxy-style cover.


For my final example, I’ve included denim shorts, a chap-stick and bracelet. I wanted to bring out all the summer vibes. You can find so many props lying around your home that can add extra life to your photographs.


The only program I use to edit my Bookstagram photos is an app called Afterlight. It’s free on the Apps Store and so easy to navigate. You can edit your photos yourself or use the filter packs provided. I am a huge fan of the Seasons pack (see below) and the Equinox filter is one of my favourites (again see below).



Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this basic guide and found it helpful. Please link your Bookstagram accounts (or your favourites) down below so I can check them out. Also, feel free to provide me with tips. I’m always learning and really want to keep upping my photography game!

Peace & Love xoxo

4 thoughts

  1. Wow, you make this sound so simple, and the photos really do look amazing. I love the thought you put into matching the backgrounds and the books; I must say the top one, and the one against the red dress look they were made to be together!

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