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Photo by @rkrkrk After multiple attempts to capture Mount Fuji over the years, Ryosuke Kosuge…

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After multiple attempts to capture Mount Fuji over the years, Ryosuke Kosuge (@rkrkrk) captured his dream shot. 🗻 “My photography style is ‘dense,’” says the photographer from Tokyo, “which predominantly captures lots of information and density.” Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPLayers.

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Photo by @iraville “I like the idea that we can do things by ourselves and don’t have to buy…

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“I like the idea that we can do things by ourselves and don’t have to buy everything,” says illustrator, designer and #DIY enthusiast Ira Sluyterman van Langeweyde (@iraville). “Self-made things are more special and valuable. For me, it’s much more fulfilling to paint into a sketchbook I have bound myself, with watercolors I have made myself.” Ira finds inspiration for her watercolor illustrations in a number of things: picture books, animated films, small towns, idyllic scenes of everyday life.
This month, she is participating in Flow Germany’s (@flow_magazin) #DIYnachten project. Every day in December, Flow will reveal a new tutorial for a DIY gift — just like a Christmas advent calendar. Spoiler alert: Ira’s self-made gift is a watercolor bookmark. “I like to read myself,” she says. “Also, I thought it would be a good idea for making book presents more unique.” 🎁🎄

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Video by @zakthebaker The driving force behind Zak Stern’s — better known as @zakthebaker — love of…

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The driving force behind Zak Stern’s — better known as @zakthebaker — love of baking? Craftsmanship. “It’s not so much about me expressing myself through one-of-a-kind creations,” explains Zak. “It’s more about reaching towards perfection through practice and repetition and in service to the community.” Right now, Zak and his team are baking a lot of babka in his Miami bakery for #Hanukkah.
“We make this babka every day, mixing, filling, braiding, proofing, baking. And each day we’re trying to get that perfect, creamy honeycomb crumb with the perfect balance of crispy, crunchy crust. Then, poof, it’s gone. Someone buys it, and they hopefully enjoy it. And we start the whole process over again the next day. This is what I love about craftsmanship: It’s a journey. It’s a never-ending pursuit of trying to make each day better than before.”
Learn more about Zak (and his babka) on our IGTV channel.

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Featured photo by @mao_kokubu Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPLayers This weekend the challenge is to…

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPLayers
This weekend the challenge is to make images and videos that play with layers and depth, as in this featured photo from @mao_kokubu. Here are some tips:
Build depth in your image. Accentuate the background or foreground elements in your image or video. Whether it’s a closeup detail of a giant leaf, an out of focus building on the horizon or a car passing through the foreground of your frame, objects can come together to create a layered composition.
Look for pre-existing layers. Think about documenting your subject behind interesting layers, like a wire fence, or through a window with interesting reflections.
Get detailed. You can embody a sense of depth and layers in the details of an intricate hairstyle, the colorful layers of a tall cake or even what lies beneath a corner of peeling paint.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPLayers hashtag only to photos and videos shared over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. By adding the #WHPLayers hashtag, you consent to and grant Instagram all rights to repost your photo or video. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video shared over the weekend with the #WHPLayers hashtag is eligible for the project and, if selected, to be featured next week.

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Video by @vickiee_yo Starting today, you can make a close friends list on Stories and share with…

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Starting today, you can make a close friends list on Stories and share with just the people you’ve added. Instagram Stories has become the place to express yourself and share everyday moments, but our community has grown and sometimes what you want to share isn’t for everyone. With Close Friends, you have the flexibility to share more personal moments with a smaller group that you choose.
To add people to your list, go to your profile and tap on “Close Friends” in the side menu. Only you can see your close friends list and no one can request to be added, so you can feel comfortable adjusting it at any time. When you share to Stories, you’ll see the option to share with just the people on your close friends list. If someone has added you to their list, you will see a green badge when you’re viewing their Stories. You’ll also see a green ring around their profile photo in the Stories tray.
Close Friends will be rolling out globally today on the latest version of Instagram for iOS and Android.

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Photo by @sakuracos Hello, world! Today’s #WeeklyFluff is Non, a 2-year-old Himalayan cat and member…

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Hello, world! Today’s #WeeklyFluff is Non, a 2-year-old Himalayan cat and member of the @sakuracos family. According to her human, she loves cuddling up. (We’re not surprised.) 😻

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Video by @chalk.asmr “I always loved the smell of earth and rain,” says 26-year-old Rida…

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“I always loved the smell of earth and rain,” says 26-year-old Rida (@chalk.asmr), who lives in Chicago and is originally from Pakistan. “When I was in school, the chalk sticks smelled like rain, especially when they were wet.” She bought the same brand at home, would pulverize them, add water, make a new shape, let them dry and repeat the process over and over. “It was my happy place, and a secret hobby that I loved,” she says.
Rida didn’t know anyone shared her passion, until years later when she found Instagram’s #ASMR community. “I was utterly shocked,” she says, and then she started making videos of her own. Today, helping followers who deal with anxiety is Rida’s favorite part of the process. “ASMR helps me relax, and when people message me, telling me that they wait for my videos every day, it literally makes my day. This makes it so much more rewarding.”
Check out today’s story and our IGTV channel to see more of Rida’s signature #ASMR chalk videos.

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Video by @the_eggshibit “You would be surprised how many egg puns you can come up with,” says…

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“You would be surprised how many egg puns you can come up with,” says Michele Baldini Kamborian (@the_eggshibit) from Texcoco, Mexico, who started transforming fried eggs into art four years ago. 🍳 “I might see something throughout the day that inspires me and wonder what it would look like made out of fried egg,” says the 21-year-old, who is currently studying to become a doctor. “I’ll play it out in my mind or sketch it out on paper, if necessary, then I’ll get cracking.” After taking a photo of his creations, which on average use two to three eggs, Michele doesn’t let his edible art go to waste: “When I am at home, my family helps me by eating some. When it is really too much, we have two dogs who are always willing to help out.” Check out more of Michele’s egg-citing designs — today on our story.

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Featured photo @rrrudya Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPsquares This weekend it’s time to think (in or)…

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPsquares
This weekend it’s time to think (in or) outside the box. The challenge is to make images and videos that play with variations on the square, as in this featured photo from Alina Rudya (@rrrudya).
Here are some tips:
Start with the shape. Find or create patterns using squares. A checkerboard floor, a tall building with a grid of shuttered windows, or even a random configuration of three-dimensional cubes could all be fun starting points for your submission.
Try a new angle. Get creative with new perspectives. For example, place your subject in the corner of a square room and have them stretch out to fill the extremities of a life-sized square frame; set your friend atop of an oversized cube; or use a square frame within your image to draw attention to your desired point of focus.
Be playful. Revisit your childhood for inspiration. Think of games like tic-tac-toe, hopscotch and chess that are all based around the square. Or go outside of the box and use your imagination! Build an environment out of colorful blocks, or turn a cardboard box into a rocket and have your pet go for ride. 🚀
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPsquares hashtag only to photos and videos shared over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. By adding the #WHPsquares hashtag, you consent to and grant Instagram all rights to repost your photo or video. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video shared over the weekend with the #WHPsquares hashtag is eligible for the project and, if selected, to be featured next week.

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Photo by @bryrclogs After working as a designer in the fashion industry for 15 years, Isobel…

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After working as a designer in the fashion industry for 15 years, Isobel Schofield started Bryr Clogs (@bryrclogs) in 2012. “I felt that there was a better way to make things that was responsible, ethical and connected,” says Isobel, whose company makes every pair of clogs to order in their San Francisco workshop. “Since the very beginning, I’ve connected with my community through Instagram. I shoot all our photos and stories on my phone, capturing real moments from life in the studio and out in the world. I believe that being authentically ourselves, and showing what we do and why we love it, brings like-minded people to us.”
Isobel’s advice to new businesses trying to build a presence on Instagram? “Be real and be true to who you are and what you believe in.”
Watch as Isobel and her team construct a pair of their signature clogs on today’s story for #SmallBizSat.

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