This week I thought I would talk about saving Instagram pictures and creating saved collections.
I got this idea from another photographer Ashok Suren, while me and Tabitha was on a shoot with him he was showing us poses to do from photos that he had saved on Instagram. We both found this extremely helpful as instead of him trying to explain the pose he wanted us to do we could actually see it which made it so much easier for us to try and replicate. I think this is the main use of saving images on Instagram into collection for specific purposes or shoots. This is not the only use though and we will get into some more uses later but first lets continue. What I do for example is I have three collection that save images into. These being, female outdoor portraits, male outdoor portraits and fairy lights. The name of each collection is pretty self explanatory. As I am relatively new to outdoor portraiture I sometimes struggle to pose people or just run out of idea on a shoot. And that’s where this comes in. because I only save images of poses that I like into these collections if I get stuck on a shoot I can have a scroll through and BAM! One jumps out that I think will look cool. And not only that I get to show the person how I want them to pose which is a lot easier than trying to explain it to them. Even if I don’t find a pose that I think suits the person or location I am shooting atleast its getting the creative juices flowing.
Another use for these collections is to use them as a mood board before a shoot, if you know your location(which you should) before the shoot you can scroll through and look at images that are in a similar location to get ideas and inspiration. This has helped me massively and allows me to go into a shoot with a few different and hopefully cool looking poses that are not just your norm.
Probably the final use for saving images into collection is for them times when you’re just uninspired to go out and shoot and are just not feeling very creative, everyone gets like this at some point or another and I have found my collection to really help me get you out of it. You want to save them jaw dropping images for this one and images that really emotional touch you, as these will have the most impact on you and push you to go out and shoot even when you might not being feeling like it.
Everyone that I know that does this have said it helps them a lot so I’m sure it will help you too. So I hope you found this little tip helpful and it will get you out of them sticky situations when you don’t know how to yourself.
Give it a go and let me know what you think in the comments below.
Don’t Follow Paths, Create Them!!