5 Creative Smartphone Photography Ideas For Instagram

Ever came across interesting photographs on your social media platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook and wondered “Wait, how did they do that?!”

Believe it or not, most of these shots can be done with a smartphone and without the use of any Photoshop touch up skills.

But of course, these can’t really be done alone. So bring your Instagram boyfriend or buddy along to make the magic happen!

Or can you?
Hint: Tripod + self-timer

Smartphone Photography Ideas

1) 360° rotating GIFs

Up your #OOTD game with a revolving gif instead of the same old static shots.

Here’s how it’s done:

(Source: Boost your Instagram with these clever video hacks! )

As shown above, this can be achieved by taking multiple revolving shots around the model. And with a little bit of video editing after, you’re all set!

Innovate your rotating GIF shots and add a dash of your own creativity to make it a little different from the rest.

Here’s a great turnout from @raphaelwadekhoo:

2) Minimal People

Remember how Alice shrank after taking the “drink me” potion? Now’s your chance to look as tiny too!

Here’s what you have to do:

(Source:Boost your Instagram with these clever video hacks! )

It’s all about your perspective and the rearrangement of the subjects to make it look smaller or bigger.

And when it comes to taking creative minimal people shots, our utmost favorite has to be @_yafiqyusman_ !

Yafiq makes half of the ever famous and creative Singaporean twin Instagrammers. He was also the one who started the great hashtag movement on Instagram called #LetsBeCreativeEveryone.

Which basically means what it says. To encourage people to be creative with their shots and to instill the consciousness of viewing the world from a different perspective.

Here are some shots from his #LetsBeCreativeEveryone hashtag collection:

Yafiq Yusman Smartphone Photography 1
(Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BevJ6hUnXLR/?taken-by=_yafiqyusman_)

Yafiq Yusman Smartphone Photography 2
(Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/Blsl2N5nUOo/?taken-by=_yafiqyusman_)

Yafiq Yusman Smartphone Photography 3
(Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BbwnNrrHvk8/?taken-by=_yafiqyusman_)

 

Here are some other amazing works found on our #Plexxie community:

By @suspendtime
Suspendtime Smartphone Photography 2

By @aneezv
Aneezv Smartphone Photography 2

I love how they all managed to make it look so realistic. I’ll definitely give this technique a shot!

 

3) The Hanging Shot

The next person that comes along and asks you “How’s it hanging?”

Here’s what you can do:

(Source:Boost your Instagram with these clever video hacks! )

And even with the many hanging shots posted on Instagram, we’ll always go back to choosing @_yaisyusman_ as our ultimate hanging guru.

Yais makes the other half of the ever famous and talented Singaporean twin Instagrammers I mentioned above! He too created a widely known hashtag of his own, called #TheHangingCollection on Instagram.

Yais says that he usually gets his inspirations from @dcerejo and is passionate about creating an imaginative world via the use of the things we see every day.

Here are some of his remarkable works from #TheHangingCollection hashtag:

Yais Yusman Smartphone Photography 1(Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BiqoCnancJc/?taken-by=_yaisyusman_)

Yais Yusman Smartphone Photography 2(Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhQgX3KnSym/?taken-by=_yaisyusman_)

Yais Yusman Smartphone Photography 3

(Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BkcyWQ4l6iM/?taken-by=_yaisyusman_)

 

So what do you do the next time someone asks you “How’s it hanging?”

(Original photograph by: @blackmobil , Meme edits by: Plexxie)

4) Reverse it!

Don’t you think that everything looks more artistic and sophisticated when you reverse your videos?

Some of it might look a little odd, but it does help in mesmerizing the crowd.

Here’s how it’s done:

(Source: https://www.facebook.com/5min.crafts/videos/1448274758648438/)

Are you thinking of showing off a new jacket? Get someone to video you while you put the jacket on. Reverse the video, add a dash of filter and —voilà!— you’re done!

Trust me. You’ll look five times cooler than you already do.

 

5) Download a camera app

As we already know, smartphones apps are made to achieve better photo-taking skills and they are a really great help in assisting you with greater refined photographs.

Here are some features available on a third-party camera app:

(Source: https://groomandstyle.com/inner-photographer-making-most-your-camera/)

 

CONCLUSION

Here are the 5 easy ways of taking creative photographs for your social media posts. So try them out the next time around!

Besides the end point of obtaining an album of quirky photographs, you’ll definitely enjoy the whole process of taking it as well.

Do it while you travel, while you’re taking pictures of your food, while you’re having a family outing or a date night. It’s definitely going to add some fun to your normal photo-taking routine!

And if you’d like to learn more creative photography “tricks”, you may watch the full video by 5min.crafts here: https://www.facebook.com/5min.crafts/videos/1448274758648438/

Or if you’re a budding camera photographer, you may also read this article by Rebecca Moses to find out more about making the most of your camera.

(All GIF edits via GIPHY)

 


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Written By Aemanda Hannah Chan

Aemanda Chan is the Co-founder and COO of Plexxie. Besides her love for anything artsy, writing is part of her favorite things to do.