Photography and Social Media seem to go hand in hand now-a-days, everywhere you look it’s like professional photographers have taken everyone’s images for them. If you’re not as creative as you’d like to be or aren’t as Photoshop savvy as others, I have a few hacks that will make it seem like you have your very own professional photographer team.
1. Equipment- save your money!
You don’t need to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on a complete photography studio in order to take nice pictures for social media. A smart phone really can do the trick! With that being said in order to get NEXT LEVEL pictures you may need to spend some money on accessories.
- Invest in a tripod- this makes your pictures look stabilized and crisp. I vote for one like a Joby, their legs move and adjust to any form so that you don’t need a flat surface to put your tripod on. Heres a link to the tripod I use: https://amzn.to/2T5CCCX
- Pick up a Bluetooth remote- using a remote can be more accurate than just using the self-timer option on your phone. It allows you to have a little bit more control over your pictures! If you are using a camera see if there is a compatible app that will let you take the picture from your phone. This is helpful since it projects on your screen what the camera sees so you can pose and adjust if you need to without running back and forth to the camera! (If you buy the tripod I purchased it comes with a bluetooth remote! What a bargain!)
- Backdrops- whether you’re taking pictures of yourself, others or of objects, backdrops can be found everywhere and don’t have to break the bank. The easiest backdrop is a solid white wall- this way you can edit it to any colour you want in Photoshop or Photoshop like apps! Another great option is thrifting old fabric/curtains- this can add an extra dimension to your pictures- without breaking the bank! If you are wanting to post pictures of still objects you can get Bristol board in 10+ colours at most dollar stores! Saves money but your pictures will look crisp and clean!
* Extra tip: You don’t need soft boxes and ring lights to make your photos look good, natural lighting is always the way to go!
If you don’t want to take the time to become a pro at Photoshop I suggest these three apps to help, they can really make your photos stand out even more!
- Canva- This is great tool to boost your social media posts. It is free and has a desk top version as well as a free app for your phone. This app has a variety of different templates that you can choose from in order to create your posts, including Instagram, Facebook and Blog posts. It is quick and easy to use and really adds a professional “graphic design” look to your posts!
- Facetune- This is a great app for portraits. It is a free app, however, some of the functions you do have to pay to use. With that being said the free version has more than enough options to help you. You can retouch your images just with the click of a button, options range from whitening teeth to smoothing out your skin. If you’re trying to make your portrait photography stand out on your socials this can give you the professional look you are yearning for. For a thorough walk through of how to use the app check out this YouTube video here.
- VSCO- This app allows you to add filters and dimensions to your photos. I like this for both still life and portraits. Again, this app is free but does have features that you can pay for. You can also edit your photos on this app, but it doesn’t have the same amount of components as FaceTune does. You can add a variety of different filters to your images- you can make them look old, or like a polaroid, you can even add rainbow lighting and age spots! It really is a unique way to brand your photos and also keep them cohesive if you stick to just using one filter within the app!
This hack involves more thinking and less app usage, time to use your brain! Interesting and intriguing captions really can make your social media pictures stand out! Even though it’s not directly on the image, you want something that highlights your image but doesn’t take away from it. Some tips on how to think of a caption is to
- Think of what you would want to see, I know this sounds silly, but it works! If you were scrolling through your feed and saw your image, what would you want to know about it? Would you want to know the location? Or how it was done? Or maybe you just want more insight on why the photo was taken. Be mindful and think of your audience.
- Use emoji’s thoughtfully. Adding emoji’s into your photo captions are great! However, too many can distract from your image! Use ones that correlate with your image, either in subject matter or in colour- if it doesn’t work, simple, don’t use one!
- Research hashtags- Even if you aren’t looking to reach a huge audience with your photos, hashtags can still be a handy tool! Before using hashtags, you can research similar ones and see what content they have affiliated with them! Using something generic that doesn’t support your image isn’t going to help your images stand out. Be thoughtful and mindful of what you are affiliating your images with!
Well there you have it! A few hacks that anyone can use to have their social media pictures stand out more! What do you do to make your images pop on the timeline? Are there any other apps that I should try out?! Leave a comment below to let me know!
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