We’re pretty excited about today’s post because it goes hand in hand with The Rising Tide Society’s TuesdaysTogether topic this month about Instagram. Natalie, Caitlin, and I have been hard at work on a secret project that we will be announcing in a few days that unites creatives together to learn and support one another on Instagram.
But today we’re chatting about something many of us struggle with: Creating variety in detail shots for Instagram. Sometimes it feels like I have exhausted the shots I can do with my coffee for #MyMondayMugshot or of wedding rings for a client. But I have found three easy and inexpensive ways to add variety and interest to my Instagram feed (and they are also helpful tips for wedding days!).
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Add Interest to the Backgrounds of your Instagram Photos with these easy steps:
Shoot on Paper
Scrapbook paper, leftover wrapping paper and wallpaper scraps work really great for backgrounds. Look for neutral colors and patterns that match your brand colors. Posterboard and old books make great shooting surfaces as well!
I keep a basket of fabric scraps in my office to use as clean backgrounds for images. A few of the pieces are leftover scraps of fabric, but I also purchased one yard pieces of neutral linen fabric, which is super inexpensive. Cheesecloth works great as well!
These actually stay in my camera bag because they’re perfect for shooting details if I’m in a hotel room without great shooting surfaces. They also allow me to create neutral backgrounds outside if I’m in an area without great natural light.
Vintage silver platters and coffee table trays make great shooting surfaces as well! It’s an easy way to corral objects without filling in every inch of the frame. And they’re especially handy on wedding days for shooting boutonnieres, invitations and other small objects. Unfortunately, they don’t travel as well.