Looking to get into creating Instagram worthy content that you can start creating today? You’ve come to the right place. Let’s talk about how to create content with a self-timer all on your own (and the benefits.)
I started working on my Instagram all by myself and there are thousands of creators that did the same (or still do!) It’s my personal recommendation to start this way. First of all, creating content on your own gives you creative freedom and also teaches you about your content. You will notice the best angles, your favorite lighting, the space and setting, the colors, and so much more. If you’re unfamiliar or uncomfortable with creating, this is going to help you really understand how to get the result you’re desiring. Furthermore, it will help you with content creating later down the road when you start working with others. It gives you an edge to know how to be in front and behind the camera especially when working with brands and creatives.
Finding the inspiration to create content is the key to setting yourself all up. There are a bunch of ways to get inspiration, but my best recommendation is to try with Instagram and Pinterest.
The Instagram explore page is a great place to find trendy, artsy images that everyone already thinks are amazing. Especially since the explore page is a collection of what instagram thinks is the best content. If you are interested in content creation with a self-timer then you probably already follow a few creators, which will automatically reflect on this page. One other trick is to use the “save” feature on photos that come across your timeline and inspire you. You can even build albums in your saved folders that help you keep your inspiration tidy.
Pinterest is another reliable place to find aesthetic ideas for your photo. I have a board labeled “aesthetic and optimism” as well as a few other boards that I can look through. This helps me get pose ideas and outfit inspiration.
When looking for ideas to inspire you, don’t look to replicate, simply just look for aspects that inspire you. Some examples are a blue sky, a brick wall, a pink dress, long hair, and other details similar. It’s much easier to find details that inspire you and then use those to curate your own image. Trying to replicate someone’s picture can get frustrating, so stay open-minded during the creative process.
Getting Set Up
This part will definitely vary based on the equipment you have and choose to use. The items I recommend here will be based off what I use, but I will give alternatives as well.
Firstly, you need something to take photos with and if you aren’t in the camera shopping phase, a fairly new iPhone should do the trick. If you plan on using a smartphone, you should consider purchasing a ring light with a bluetooth remote. This way you can set up your phone, connect the remote, and shoot your picture all on your own.
The ring light I suggest is from Amazon, I use it to film TikToks and IGTV’s generally. It comes with three lighting tones (warm, neutral, and cool) and of course the bluetooth remote is a game changer. It’s entirely adjustable as well, so you can fix it to be in the exact position you need it to be.
I personally take photos with the Canon RP, which is just a tad bit smaller the popular Canon R. I also use a 24-105 mm lens, which is known for being the most versatile because of it’s range.
If you have a camera and are looking to upgrade, I suggest investing in something that will give you more advanced tools. Remember, technique can almost always trump a tool, so practice and the investment will be worth the money. Consider starting out with the lower end camera (I think Canon’s starts around $400) and once you’re ready, upgrade! Take your time with buying equipment because equipment won’t make your photos better overnight, but practice and consistency will help you improve.
This is the camera body and lens that I personally use:
There are plenty of camera options, I have always been drawn to Canon, but there’s also Sony, Nikon, and Fuji. Do your research and watch lots of tutorials to help you decide.
If you do go with Canon, the Canon Connect app for your phone is an amazing self-timer hack. It allows you to transfer photos easily and live view your screen from your phone.
Lastly, you will want a tripod for your camera. I would suggest something simple but reliable like this option below. It’s an amazon pick, so it ships quick and if there are issues, it’s an easy return.
Picking a location can be hard, and sometimes, it doesn’t work out. That’s okay! Be patient when making content with a self timer, you’re learning and every step is progress.
Definitely plan out where you want to go and what time of day would be the best lighting. I typically keep an eye out for cool new locations running errands or driving to see friends. This way I always have new places to go, which helps keep my content fresh and interesting. Also be mindful of the location in regards to other people, other people’s property or business, and the logistics. You will want to respect shared spaces, busy viewpoints, and trespassing laws accordingly.
Depending on your style, you may be seeking different types of scenery. Keep in mind the color trends you like, the type of style you wear, and what your brand is like. Don’t compare yourself with other people’s feeds or styles, be yourself and be consistent. The key is in finding your own unique and creative brand!
What to Wear
Again, this is entirely in line with YOUR brand! Be yourself, be consistent, and wear what makes you happy. There are definitely aspects of a photo that can be enhanced by a pop of color or a pattern. However, if you don’t typically wear anything like that, don’t go out of your way to change.
A general rule of thumb is to consider the “busy-ness” of the picture. For example, a colorful top my distract from a colorful background. On the contrary, it may enhance the photo, you will decide! Bring a couple clothing options for backup and be open-minded with your creative process.
After your planning stages are over, the next step is to simply execute on the details you’ve gathered. Set up your tripod and camera in the angle and location you see fit, connect your bluetooth or Canon Connect app, and take some test shots. Feel empowered to change up your original idea and try different test shots. You never know what type of content with a self-timer you’ll end up with if you roll with how the idea is flowing.
Everyone seems to have their own opinion about their editing process, and I actually have a few favorite apps. My all-time favorite is Adobe’s LightRoom because I can alter the lighting and colors more effectively to match my timeline. I don’t believe it’s necessary to have a timeline theme, but an eye-catching social feed will always be a draw-in for new audience members and followers.
LightRoom is an awesome app that I use for all my photos as my initial editing app even if I plan on taking it to another app to finish editing. My favorite feature about LightRoom is the manual color shifter where you can alter any color’s hue, saturation, and luminance. For example, I always remove harsh yellows or desaturate them and I turn down the hue of all greens. Once you get a strong editing style, it will make content creating super quick and efficient!
I pay for Adobe Creative Cloud, which gives you monthly access to all of their apps. For all of the different creative things I do, I find this is the most bang for my buck. There’s simple and useful apps like the pdf editor and digital scanner and there’s advanced apps like photoshop and after effects. Regardless, this is a creator’s ultimate package.
Go Create Content, You Got It!
You totally got this, and the scariest part is just believing that you CAN create content on your own with a self timer. This may be the easiest gateway for beginning showing off your creativity and collaborating with others in the future.
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By, Delaney Lawrence