What makes for a better photo op than a summer vacation? If you don’t want to miss out on enriching your Instagram profile with fresh, eye-catching posts and stories that highlight the best moments from your summer adventure, read on. Here are some tips that could help you in that endeavour.
Find the perfect spot
Regardless of the destination of your summer vacay, in order to make attention-grabbing Instagram stories and dazzling posts, the key is to find a spot that is “instagrammable.” You can be spontaneous and take pics and vids as you walk around, or you can scout for perfect locations beforehand. Finding a spot worthy of your Insta profile is possible wherever you are, be it in front of an old, decaying building, in a cute coffee shop, or by a well-known historical monument. If you opt for popular sights, it would be a good idea to avoid peak hours so that the place you’re trying to capture doesn’t get blocked by large crowds.
Create appealing color schemes
If you pay attention, you will notice that many of the profiles that catch your attention for appealing posts have one thing in common – using colours to their advantage. There are multiple ways to do this, depending on what your goal is. One way would be to use a limited colour palette – a technique a lot of experienced photographers use, which will ensure that your profile feed looks clean and well-balanced. Another method you could apply is adding contrast to your images by means of complementary colours. The latter option will make your posts look bolder and very noticeable. A lot of influencers use one trick: they will plan their pictures ahead with the colour-scheme idea already in mind. This allows them to match their outfit to the background, which can create fascinating and creative results. They might bring more than one outfit with them so that they can change for different locations.
Experiment with Instagram features and editing apps
Even after you’ve used all the tricks in the book for capturing an outstanding photo or video, you might find that you need a little bit of extra help to make it more “special.” That is where editing comes in handy. While there are numerous apps for picture and video editing, Instagram itself offers many features that can make it easy for you to make your posts stand out. The essential element for your vacay posts is definitely geotagging. If, however, you find Insta features to be limiting as every user has access to them, you can always resort to editing apps. The good thing is that nowadays you don’t need to be an Adobe Photoshop and Vegas Pro expert to edit your pictures and videos. There are a lot of mobile apps that make editing easy and time-efficient for an average user. Even Adobe created such an app called Photoshop Express, and there are numerous other picture editing apps, as well. When it comes to videos, you can make long videos to show off the beauty of the place fully, and then use a time-lapse app, such as Lapse it for Android and Instagram’s Hyperlapse for iOS, which will speed up your video, but also stabilize it, eliminating all the shakiness.
Wrap it up with a slideshow
After you have completed your journey, you could close that chapter by posting a video that includes highlights and moments that you didn’t get a chance to post. You can experiment with editing tools that were mentioned previously to add text, speed up the video, add music and so much more.
Hopefully, these tips have helped spark your creativity. However, don’t get too engrossed in taking perfect photos and/or videos so that you forget to enjoy your vacation. Keep in mind that it is fine to take a break from Instagram to stay present in the moment.