How To Rock Instagram Like A Superstar: @C_COLLI
Hello you. Today I’ve got another beautiful Instagram superstar to share with you, and it’s the lovely Cristina. She’s generously sharing her tips, and secrets so that you can be inspired and improve your photography skills. I love that she really knows how she wants her finished photo to look, and takes control of it.
Tell us a little about you.
My name is Cristina Colli. I love photography, storytelling, and flowers, and I express this love creating floral still life images. I’m Italian but I live in the UK, near Oxford.
How did you get into photography or photo-taking? When did it all begin for you?
My parents gave me a polaroid camera for Christmas when I was about 11 or 12 years old. I loved taking photos, but the camera broke after a little while, and I think we threw it away – I wish we hadn’t done that! My dad would lend me his camera for special occasions, but even though I would have liked to learn photography, at the time it was an expensive hobby and I never did.
It’s only when I finally got a digital camera that my photography journey began. I took a short course to learn how to use my camera in Manual, and then just kept playing with it!
What do you love taking photos of most?
Flowers! I adore flowers, and I like being at home and working on my own, so still life photography really suits me. I love to create images that tell stories of the seasons, of the beauty found in the simplest of things, in ordinary objects like teacups (I love tea too!), vases, garden tools, scissors, books… the poetry of every day life.
I also like photographing natural landscapes, especially country views, gardens, woods, trees, flowers… and my cats, although they always seem to move when I’m about to take the shot!
I edit my DSLR photos with Lightroom and Photoshop, so I started using Photoshop Express because it felt quite natural to me, and because I find its adjustments quite flexible. I mostly use Snapseed for the brush too, it’s very handy to touch up selected areas of an image.
Can you share a recent favourite photo of yours – and take us through how you edited it?
I took this photo with the native iPhone 6 camera. I always shoot in the square format, so I didn’t crop it. I lightened it up a little, increasing the highlights and exposure, then I increased contrast a tiny bit, and sharpened it. I think that I also used the brush tool in Snapseed to increase Saturation of the three hyacinths, and to dodge (lighten up) the middle of the anemone. That’s it.
You can see more of Cristina’s beautiful work, by following her on Instagram under @c_colli.