How To Photograph The Supermoon
24th June 2021

Tonight we will witness the last Supermoon of the year, so what is it and how to photograph the Supermoon? This was the topic of a conversation on Clubhouse last Monday as part of our Astrophotography Club. I was asked to talk about my experience and give some tips on getting these photos right as, coincidentally, I am running a moon series on my Instagram @fabienb. Plenty of moon shots there, and...

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Instagram banned hashtags
25th February 2021

Once again, I found that I had used one of the Instagram banned hashtag. Now, this has nothing to do with the infamous “shadowban” practice controversy. I noticed a slight decrease in engagement compared to previous posts, so I decided to investigate a little. Turns out that the hashtag #sunriselovers had been flagged for inappropriate content. Which meant that it was not generating any engagement because my post was hidden by Instagram....

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4 Weeks of Instagram content in just 30 minutes
20th December 2020

That’s right: I created 4 weeks’ worth of Instagram content walking in Central London for less than 30 minutes. It could even be more than 4 weeks, considering I’m a bit of a slow uploader. But here you’ll see 20 photos I find worth sharing. And at 5 a week, it is 4 weeks of Instagram content. Taken on a 30 minutes walk. In case you think you don’t have time for...

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Smartphone photography tips
20th July 2020

My friend Dot Lung asked me to go live with her and talk about smartphone photography tips and how to take better photos with your phone. We both use iPhones, but all we talked about applies to Android as well. We did not talk about specific apps only available for one platform but actually discussed real examples of taking photos with a phone. Dot Lung is a fantastic Digital Media Strategist who...

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The Instagram Box - Street Photography in New York
8th January 2020

What is the Instagram box, you may ask? Well, Instagram has changed how we think about photography more than we can imagine. I’ll just give you some quick stats about the platform: (stats come from several sources: Digital & Social Marketing Conference London, Omnicore, Pew Research Center, Statista) Instagram was not the first online photography platform, but it was the first 100% mobile (even only on iPhones in the beginning). And in...

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Instagram influence on Mass tourism
6th November 2019

Despite being a fiery Italian (at least half of me is), I rarely publish rants on Instagram. It might happen on Facebook, where I still keep my private life and my friends separated from the rest of the world. But not on other platforms. Today, though, I woke up to fellow Instagramers from London promoting an app they are featured in (also hiding their involvement). And what I saw made me run...

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Photo critique
1st November 2019

As of this month, I started offering free photo critiques through my Instagram account @fabienb. The concept is really simple. I always try to find ways to give back and help the community and this is one more way for me to do so. I ask my followers to send me their pictures to review and critique. It’s the same kind of work an editor of a magazine could do, for example....

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20th July 2019

After the story about my shadowban and how it happened, I’m back to talking about Instagram account issues. Yes, again. How Positive… One thing I try to do every time on Instagram is reply to all who leave a comment on my photos. Even only to say thanks. Instagram is a social media so nurturing the social component is very important to me. And I like to talk with people, hear what...

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Fading figure leaving along rail tracks
9th May 2019

You might have heard of this thing called “shadowban”. Allegedly, Instagram has ways to punish spammy content and counter the rise of bots, fake accounts, etc. What Instagram does is flag suspicious accounts and consequently slash the reach and engagement that these accounts receive. And that would obviously be a good thing. You see this shadowban term surfacing in discussions because perfectly legit accounts get caught in Instagram security’s net. I’m sure...

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Instagram logo on display
7th March 2019

The other day, I saw somebody I follow on Instagram celebrating their “instaversary” (or however you name it). And it made me think about how I started on the platform myself. I’m a sort of compulsive early adopter when it comes to apps. I get very excited about everything new that seems novel and disruptive enough. And so, I jumped on board the Instagram train very early. Some background It was 2009....

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A photo of Camden Lock at night, with the reflection of the bridge on the canal
18th January 2019

I decided to kick off 2019 with a new photographic series on Instagram, all about city lights at night. In London but not only.My feed was never too consistent, despite all the recommendations you hear about making it so. In an effort to achieve better consistency while retaining the diversity of my style, I thought I’d share my photos as a series. This way, a good amount of similar shots will appear...

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