The Instagram Apps, I couldn't live without.

This is a small collection of the apps, I use for as good as every post which gets uploaded on the @jmawb Instagram account

1.      Buffer

2.      VSCO

3.      Focalmark

4.      Dropbox/OneDrive/iCloud Drive


The Key to Organisation

Buffer is an organizational tool, which is used predominantly by Social Media Managers. However, I too use it to in order to organize and remotely post to Instagram, Twitter and my Facebook Page.

When connected to Facebook and Twitter it will automatically post at the allotted time which had been set by you. Yet due to Instagram’s restrictions, Buffer is only allowed to remind, rather than post. So you get a push-notification, confirm it and it automatically adds the photo with caption to Instagram.

Buffer also provides all imaginable statistics to each post which gets created through Buffer, allowing it’s algorithm to continuously alter the automatic times; creating better results.



My Mobile Editing Suite

VSCO is a synonym for high quality filters, both for photographers like I, yet also for fashion/lifestyle bloggers who love tumblr. The large quantity of filter sets, which are available as in-app purchases giving a huge, diverse variety for all types of posts.

This once again isn’t my main use for this app. When I am in a rush/don’t have quick enough access to my laptop, I upload my shots via WI-FI to my phone and then edit them. This is what I then use to edit, why? Well it has a clarity setting, and a truly good one. That’s the main reason tbh.

Yes, it isn't necessarily the most in-depth editing suite available for the App Store, Snapseed and many others offer a lot more possibilities, yet with my photos being street, and relatively raw; a large amount of editing isn't needed.


My Hashtag Cheat Sheet

Focalmark is an app which analyzes the most trending hashtags at that present moment. One has three options e.g. with my account B&W, Berlin, Leica. Using these three points, it then curates the top 30 or less hashtags for those topics. These hashtags will also change depending on the day, and which are the most popular.

I use it, for each and every post, as if I’d use my standard 30 hashtags based on my average shot, they’d never change; nor would I ever have large enough data sets to get the trending hashtags in my 30. Whether this app, as such actually improves the engagement of my shots or not I can’t guarantee however with this app being free; there is nothing to lose.


The Simplest Way to Post

Cloud services, are the programmes which I use the most. Whether it be iCloud, Dropbox or whichever provider. Using these apps, is the easiest way to transfer photos from my Computer to my phone. With a direct export from Lightroom to the cloud, within seconds I have my brand new edited photo ready to post.

I have found this to be the simplest way, after using E-Mail for a long time, I changed to Airdrop however, with the variety of problems that one sometimes has using it; cloud services seem to be the simplest method to me.

What I did newly discover though, is that one can also publish photos onto Instagram, directly from the computer. You can do this, by setting the browser as an iPhone or Android layout, going onto and on the top, middle you’ll see the camera logo where you can then directly post.