Instagram is my favorite social media 'thing.'
I love it.
It is like expresso blogging~ just snapshots of life.
A peek into a person's ordinary~ and sometimes not so ordinary~ moments.
Because I am a photo freak, I put a lot of effort into my Instagram feed.
I have the iPhone 5s, upgraded from the 4s about a year ago.
It has the capability of taking amazing photos.
I use to shoot all my blog photos with my Nikon D7000.
But I am clumsy.
And I already broke a Nikon camera by dropping it one too many times.
(A very expensive mistake.)
So, it is just easier to use my phone for most photos.
It is always with me.
It is small.
And I have one of those ugly Otter cases, so it doesn't matter how many times I drop it.
I love my iPhone camera.
And because I spend so much of my photography time using it,
I thought I'd share my best/most used tips with you.
I am not an expert or a real photographer...but I like to pretend I am.
So, pretend with me and act like what I'm writing matters.
And then tag me in your awesome photos...
So I feel like maybe I had something to do with your awesomeness;).
(No, I am not... Tag me. @kristacanary)
TAP. TAP. TAP.
do it. get up real close to your subject. and then tap away.
it messes with the focus and looks totally rad.
just make sure you tap on the part you want to focus on...
and then enjoy watching everything else get a little fuzzy.
get on their level.
lie on the floor with your butt in the air.
or squat awkwardly.
it looks weird in public.
you won't see those people staring at you ever again anyhow~
but you will have a great photo forever.
just do it here and there.
only keep the important part.
it makes you look like you know what you're doing, photography-wise.
even if you don't.
(I don't know what I am doing half the time...
so the smoke shot took three people standing around a shotgun,
holding it perfectly still and shielding it from the breeze...
Thank you awesome husband and brother.)
get RID of distractions.
I love a good,old painted building.
or a run-down shed
(awesome, cuz we have one of those!)
basically, a non-distracting space that allows a photo to pop.
(that is one of my fave Niamh photos, on the left.)
we live in a dungeon.
an A-frame house with no windows along the length of it.
so, I have to play around with light A LOT.
natural light (I NEVER use my flash) is so sparse...
but tapping the screen (TAP to mess with light, too)
will usually allow me to grab just enough for a decent photo.
and shadows are okay~
don't be afraid of a good shadow, peeps.
it is not my favorite type of photo,
but we are all posers now and then;).
this is Philly being 'Rick' from The Walking Dead.
(no, he is not allowed to watch the show. no matter how much he begs.)
and both of my kiddos in their Halloween costumes.
Mable and Dipper Pines.
Who else is obsessed with Gravity Falls??
on the flip side of that,
sometimes the 'life shots' are not spectacular from a photography standpoint.
but, they are some of my very favorites.
I snapped a photo of this 'dad-son talk' after baseball practice, from inside the car.
it is probably my very favorite photo ever of my boys.
and this is Niamh.
taken at a stoplight.
I can't really explain her sometimes~
but that's why a photo is worth a thousand words.
you should take photos of yourself.
so your kids can look through them when you are 80 and talk about
how cool/stylish/weird you were.
there is the 'hold-the-phone-infront-of-you-in-a-mirror' selfie.
and also the timed photo selfie.
(I use the TimerCam app)
don't be afraid to Instgram your own mug.
what do you love to take photos of?
(besides my babies) I have a thing for books and coffee mugs.
take photos of what you love.
they are not wasteful shots~ it is part of what makes your life
special and interesting.
get this app, moms.
A Beautiful Mess.
another fun app.
too many photos with doodles and writing in an Instagram feed will
start to make my face twitch...but a couple here and there add some funky.
just don't #abeautifulmess it up on every awesome photo you take.
it can take away from a perfectly magnificent photo~
but it can also make an average photo awesome.
know the difference.
the Elusive Man.
this guy hates having his photo taken.
he doesn't understand how cute he is.
especially with a 5 o'clock shadow and a cut-off, muscle shirt...
for the guy (or girl) in your life who hates photos~
turn off the volume.
and snap away.
and then lie.
okay, don't lie because that is bad.
just take a good photo and then when they see it roll up on your Instgram feed,
they will fake-complain...with a half smile.
because they know you just made them look
it is my favorite.
do it sparingly.
because life is in color.
but those timeless moments just look a little cooler in black & white.
so edit away:).
i don't know what to say except,
get up high.
or far away.
stand on the table.
or hang 50 feet over the edge of the Battleship NJ
to capture your son's little fingers holding on to his favorite place in the whole world....
do what you need to do for the amazing photo.
(just don't die doing it.)
and then laugh at all the goofy shots in between your great ones.
like when your kid draws the 12 disciples on the chalkboard wall.
and you are so proud you photograph him accidentally under the arrow.
that points to Jesus.
or when you Instgram your husband.
and people think you are having drinks with one of the cast from the Jersey Shore.
funny, because we really were at the Jersey Shore.
and realize that maybe 2% off the photos with your kids turn out the way you
imagined when you clicked the camera button.
It is okay, though.
I can't wait to show Niamh's future crush my stack of
'that's not funny, Niamh' photos.
they just might be funny after all;)...
Hope this was either informative or made you laugh.
Either way, I am happy.
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And if you leave a comment here, make sure you include your Instagram name!