Ok lets for a second take away the ads, the marketing, the competing, the comparing, the influencing, the throwbacks and the follow Fridays… all of which I am a huge fan. Lets just talk Instagram, the internet based photo-sharing app. Instagram has long been my thing. When you strip away the modern day falderal, photography is undoubtably beautiful. There are almost 700 million of us tapping in daily, sharing little squares of our lives. I love it, I love taking photos and I love sharing them with the world.
When I look through my Instagram feed it immediately takes me back, it’s my own little scrap book and within seconds I’m back to that period in my life. There is also that wonderful feel of community that greatly inspires me. London marathon 2015, the love and support was incredible, the build up hours before and the pride afterwards all expressed through medal holding proud as punch selfies and connected through a simple hashtag. Can you believe I planned, organised and lived my entire backpacking adventure based on #wanderlust, what an adventure it was. I renovated our home with thanks to a wonderful lady in the English Countryside who just happened to be online sharing her little squares of happiness at the exact time I was in need of interior inspo. It’s remarkable. Anyone can take a picture and yes I do believe those with passion see the picture before it is taken (amateur here on my Iphone 6s) but with that in mind I love Instagram for what it is. We all get an open opportunity to express, create, love, inspire, share and see.
I am often asked what camera and editing tools I use so I thought I’d share some basic step by steps. Keep in mind I’m no pro, far from it, just a girl with an eye for the little moments.
Ok so wait for it, all of my posts are taken on my iPhone…. no seriously wait for it, my iPhone 6s. My Iphone X arrived this week which on first impression I am super impressed, I cant wait to get snapping away.
First things first….lighting! Natural light is a must. I’m not keen on using a flash, it completely changes the colours, tones and feel of the photo. The right lighting will enable better editing and a much clearer photo.
Look at the contents. Last week I took some beautiful candid photos of Alfie playing in our kitchen and there is was, standing ugly in the background, my overgrown laundry basket, bulging at the seams, dirty clothes spilling over the top, doesn’t make a nice picture. Look at your photo before it becomes a photo. Alter the angle, move objects, take a second to look before you snap.
Get creative. Technology is fascinating. Use props and turn your photo into your own little work of art.
Take loads and I mean loads. I take close to 50 photos for each of my posts, sometimes more, never less. The difficult part is deleting the not so perfect shots, because no Mummy wants to delete photos of her baby, ever. Favourite the ones you love, narrow them down to two or three then decided on the one.
Get inspo. Use Instagram to your advantage. I also love Pintrest, magazines, a simple walk in nature and believe it or not I even use my own imagination. There are some beautifully creative people out there doing some pretty magical things, personally I try not to copy, I always try to make my pictures my own.
Lastly have fun, don’t overthink a photo , just have fun. Inspire yourself… who knows you may even inspire others, I think that’s the best part.
As always thank you fro reading. Come say hi on Instagram
Iphone Editing tools:
BokehCamFX (for the pretty lighting effect)