Late last year (I can’t believe I just said that!) I was lucky to be chosen to be part of the writing team for the Girl Bosses Australia blog, which launched in November. My first post was called ‘Make Your Insta Sing’ which detailed my top tips for creating a more engaging Insta account:
- Curate your feed
- Shake it up!
- Embrace colour
- Get quirky
- Be prolific
- Get your cheeky on!
To read more, here’s the post.
A friend suggested to me that I should put together some tips about my fave apps that can also help you get your creative on. This is more for those of you who are bloggers or have brands/businesses, but I’m sure you can have fun with these across your personal accounts too.
Apart from my top tips to create original and engaging imagery (which feature in the Girl Bosses post), there are loads of apps to get creative with. I touched on these a while back, but here’s a good look at my fave apps in a bit more detail.
Note: These are for those of you who are not designers and don’t have access to programs like InDesign, Photoshop etc.
This app is good fun. You know those quote-style images you see everywhere, but most are a bit cheesy with bad font styles. Well this is the app to create much better versions of those. I use it for our me&my.chats images.
The way to get the most out of this app is to shoot loads of interesting textures and images and keep them on file to use as backgrounds. If you’re stuck for where to find these, look around your neighbourhood for interesting colours on walls, it might be the trunk of a tree, a beautiful sky, a wooden table top, great floorboards, decorative tiles etc.
Once you have a great background shot, import it into Word Swag and type in a quote to sit over the image. There are loads of different font styles, ranging from fun and quirky to more sophisticated and classic fonts. I use a combination of both depending on what quote I’m using. In terms of the actual quote itself, you could Google famous quotes from your fave artist, designer etc. Or create some cool mantras yourself.
You remember those old school flip books? Well this is an app that pretty much creates a digital version and saves it as a video to your camera roll. The trick is you need a lot of images to really make it work.
When we’re out and about doing something more interesting than usual, like hanging at the NGV, I just follow Ava and snap away like a crazy lady. I take between 50-100 shots and then import them into Flipagram. That may sound mental, but just keep snapping and you’ll get loads of options.
You can choose the speed you want and it even has a setting just for Insta (15 seconds). Depending on what the content is, sometimes the faster the better. But beware it can also end up looking a bit like a Benny Hill sequence, ha! I particularly like this app because you can add music to the clip too, which gives you another element to engage with your audience.
Here’s the one I made from our most recent NGV visit, and a fun one we made for New Year’s.
and one from our visit to Melbourne Recital Centre.
If you like playing around with time-lapse videos, then this is the app for you. There is a time-lapse setting in the normal camera on the latest iPhone, but this app has more functions.
I usually film at least 15 seconds worth so I can load it straight into Insta, too easy! So once you’ve filmed your video, you can change the speed which also edits the length of the film.
In terms of my TOP tip – be prolific. When you see a great photo opp, take loads of shots. At different angles, from a distance, up close, from above, just shoot! Sometimes you need to take up to 20 shots to get one brilliant shot, and if you get a few more, boom!
You have more chance of getting a series of shots you can use across your socials, rather than just one great shot. A series of shots can tell a story and this will give you more material for your readers/followers to engage with.
Hope you find this useful and if you have any tips for me, please send them my way!
Note: This is not a sponsored post, I just love these apps and I wanted to share them with you.