How to Edit the Perfect #Bookstagram Photo

09 Aug 2021

It’s Book Lovers Day! Where are our bibliophiles at? If you’re a lover of books and a user of social media then you’re no stranger to #bookstagram. Today of all days, this hashtag is going to be on fire and we want you to be prepared with the perfect bookish edit for your feed. Here’s how you get it done with AirBrush.

Choose Your Genre

Do a search of #bookstagram on Instagram and you’ll encounter tens of millions of posts featuring books and the people who love them. These self-proclaimed bookstagrammers are passionate about the written word and they’re incredibly creative about how they showcase their love. From book stacks to flat lays, color-coordinated bookshelves to artistic reading poses, there’s an impressive variety of shots you can take to celebrate Book Lovers Day, so before we get started on the edit, you need to decide which genre of book photography you like best.

Establish Your Characters

flat lay of an open book with coffee and reading glasses

Now that you know the type of photo you’ll be taking for Book Lovers Day, it’s time to select your main characters. First and foremost, determine who your protagonist(s) will be i.e. the book(s) you’ll be featuring. Once that’s settled, decide on the supporting characters (read: props) you’ll need to bring this visual story to life. Great options for props include:

  • Flowers
  • Blankets
  • Beverages (tea, coffee, wine)
  • All of the above

Focus on the Plot

Focus is key when it comes to creating a Book Lovers Day photo that’s #bookstagram worthy. Even after you’ve gone to great pains to set the scene, you still need to find your focus and pin down the plotline. The Crop tool is 

  • Go to Tools and select Crop 
  • Choose your preferred dimensions
  • Drag a corner to adjust the size of the frame 
  • Move the frame to capture the exact area you want in your photo

Work out the Details

When it comes to a good book, the devil’s in the details. From the words on the pages of your books to the various colors of the props you selected, it’s important to ensure even the smallest elements pop and come together to tell their own story.

  • Select the Details Tool in the Retouch tab
  • This Tool allows you to sharpen and emphasize any surface you swipe across.
  • For precision, zoom in and move the brush over any items you want to stand out
  • Tap the checkmark to save your edit

Finish with a Compelling Cover 

First impressions matter. With books, that boils down to the cover. With photos, it’s the filter. So be selective when choosing your Book Lovers Day filter. Take into consideration the scene you’ve created, the props you’ve incorporated, and most importantly, the title of the book. Browse the extensive collection of filters in our library and choose one that complements your #bookstagram photo composition. 

  • Go to your Filter Library
  • Scroll through the categories of Horoscope, Sweet, Retro, Atmosphere, Color and Foodie 
  • Select the filter that works best with your photo 
  • Use the center toggle to adjust the strength of the Filter
  • Tap on the checkmark to save your edit

And there you have it, a bookstagrammable Book Lovers Day edit that will surely give your followers something to talk about! Now it’s time to get to posting so you can showcase your passion for literature. Along with #bookstagram be sure to include #AirBrushApp in your posts and follow @AirBrushOfficial for more useful editing tips, tricks, and hacks!

Happy Book Lovers Day!