Here's How Singer-Songwriter Johnny Orlando Makes His Instagram Page 3-Dimensional
Singer, songwriter and actor Johnny Orlando has established himself as one of YouTube's most prominent young artists, and with more than 5.8 million followers on Instagram, he's making quite a name for himself there as well.
Johnny's incredible pics allow his fans to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into his life, whether that's traveling on tour, hanging out with friends or just posing for a photo shoot. But how does he manage to capture his style and personality in every one of his Insta images? We sat down with him to find out.
Johnny's Fave Photos:
Johnny Orlando: Recently, I've been into posting my favorite outfits that I've put together. I feel like it's a second extension of my art. My real art is music, but it transfers into different areas of my life, and I like to show that off whenever I can.
J.O.: If I'm not doing a style photo, I love doing funny captions. Usually it'll be a play on words, or something that relates directly to the photo I'm captioning. Otherwise, I'm teasing something very indirectly or using song lyrics.
When I do use lyrics, it'll be a mix of my lyrics and other song lyrics that inspire me. Sometimes I do stuff from my unreleased songs, so people can get excited about them. Other times, I'll use well-known songs, like "7 Rings."
J.O.: If I'm going to touch-up a photo, I'm probably not going to use any of Instagram's filters. Usually, I use VSCO. They have really cool filters and you can make a lot of great adjustments there. I don't really have any go-to filters. It's different for every picture because of the lighting and the overall feel you want the picture to have. I don't really have a theme to my photos, so I go picture-by-picture.
Lighting and Angles:
J.O.: When you're taking a photo, the light source should always be hitting you directly. You don't want to be looking directly at the sun, but you should be facing it. The light should be bouncing off of a wall, or you should be facing a window if you want to get good lighting.
For angles, you never want to shoot from the top. You either want to take it straight-on or slightly angled up at you to capture the best picture.
When to Post:
J.O.: I usually post once a day—sometimes once every couple of days if we have a lot going on. But we try to post during peak hours, when we have the highest activity on Instagram, and they show you that in Insights now, which is great. For me, that's usually somewhere between noon and 1 p.m.
What to Post:
J.O.: I never know whether I'm going to post something before the photo is actually taken unless it's a stage picture, where it isn't really of me. Things can look very different depending on who's taking the photo. I can't stand most pictures of me. That's just the way I am, and I have to be convinced to enjoy my own photos. I have to look through all of them to see which ones are the best, so I can favorite them for later.
J.O.: Outfits help. If you have a cool outfit on, you're more likely to feel and look good. I guess you just have to take a bunch of pics, and then at least one will be good, right?
J.O.: In my experience, people really like it when you reply to their comments, and that gets even more people commenting because they want to be replied to as well. If you engage with people in your comments, they're more likely to comment again. When we post a photo, we try to answer comments for anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes after it's been posted. That just encourages another wave of people after the initial rush to keep commenting. I usually just go live, because that's the easiest and most efficient way to interact with a bunch of people at once.
J.O.: I feel like Instagram is very fickle. While some people can be very one-dimensional on Instagram, you can also take it as an opportunity to extend your brand and your image as someone who isn't just a face. If you have personality in your captions and your photos, people really respond to that. It's fun showing the world who you really are—that you have more than just one dimension to your personality.
J.O.: A photo is worth posting if it has something special in it. If it's in front of something cool or you're in a unique, scenic place, or it's an important milestone, like you're performing at an arena, you definitely want to post that. Those aren't things that happen every day. Anybody can take a photo in their room and post it, so you have to try to stand out.
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