Jiri Siftar (@jeera) is one of the UK’s leading Instagramers, with thousands of fans and followers around the world. He treasures each and every one of his photographs as though they were his children, so when we heard he’d recently created a Blurb book to showcase some of them, we were keen to find out what he thought…
Blurb: So when did you start Instagraming? What drew you to it?
Jiri: I started as soon as it was launched back in October 2010. I’d read so much about it on the net and couldn’t wait to try it out for myself.
Blurb: You’ve attracted thousands of fans for your amazing Instagram photos. What top tips you can you offer to anyone just starting?
Jiri: Instinct is an amazing tool, and creativity is all about utilising it – if you think something could make an amazing photo – then try it! Be adventurous, but always remember the importance of execution too. Think about how the composition’s shapes and colours balance, and remember to crop the photos neatly!
Blurb: What’s your favourite Instagram picture you’ve taken so far and why?
Jiri: You wouldn’t believe how often I get asked that! (laughs). The truth is all my shots are my babies, but of course I prefer the latest ones. I hope that shows a sign of my development! (laughs)
Blurb: You’ve recently created your own Blurb book featuring some of your Instagram photos? How did you find the process?
Jiri: It was swoosh! I’m a usability designer by profession so I tend to cast a sceptical eye towards most new website designs, but Blurb did a hell of a great job!
Blurb: What was it like when the book arrived and you opened it for the first time?
Jiri: It was actually really nice. Everything is so embedded in digital these days; you forget how great it is to have an actual printed copy in front of you – especially when it is your own work, and photographs were always designed to be viewed in print.
Blurb: Now you’ve created your own book, do you have any tips for other users?
Jiri: Be bold – try different layouts and colours, make sure you get the resolution right and be sure to choose a book format which makes the most of your own great photographs.