Today, I’m introducing the new and improved Instagram husband… Mr. Tripod.
He doesn’t complain about having to take your pictures, how many you want him to take, and just keeps on standing strong no matter how many times you say “just one more”.
No, for real though. Learning to take your own pictures with a tripod is a true game-changer for all you Instagramers out there. Craig got me an attachment for my tripod that holds my phone for Christmas and it might have been the best thing I got (although I’m fairly certain this gift was just as much for him as for me). If you don’t already have a tripod, Amazon has some great options (like this adjustable tripod with remote shutter control).
Since Christmas, I’ve gotten tons of practice with using a tripod to take my own pictures and am absolutely loving the thing. So, if you want to up your Instagram photo game, keep reading my tips below on how to get the most out of your tripod.
1. Use an adjustable tripod.
Buy one that adjust from about 12 inches to 43-ish inches. While the smaller tabletop tripods come in handy, you’ll get much more use out of one that has a bigger height range. When looking at the maximum height, you want to make sure that it will be tall enough to take your picture while standing without having to be angled up toward you.
2. Get a wireless remote control shutter release.
I use my Apple watch, and if we’re being honest, the camera app is probably my favorite part of the watch. It connects directly to the camera app on my phone and shows the camera’s view on my watch. I can even tap on my camera screen to focus on myself.
However, you can get off much cheaper than dropping $300 on an Apple watch. In fact, you can get this bluetooth shutter remote control from Amazon for $7.99.
3. Play with angles and poses.
The great thing about a tripod is that it doesn’t judge you. Now, the people walking by while you stand there by yourself smiling at a tripod may be a different story (more on that with #4), but the tripod…it’s like the supportive Instagram hubby of your dreams.
So, don’t be afraid to try something new with your pictures. Do a fun new pose or experiment with new camera angles. Your Instagram followers will thank you when they aren’t having to see the same exact picture over and over again (just with new outfits).
4. Stop caring about what other people think.
Listen, I get it. People are giving you funny looks. You’re in the middle of your local open air mall trying to get a picture in front of a pretty glass display window and everybody thinks your just a tad bit crazy. Or vain.
Do you enjoy what you’re doing? Are your passionate about your blog, Instagram, or just taking pictures in general?
Then, who cares what they think. Let. Them. Stare. They’re just jealous anyways. That’s what our moms told us when we were kids, right?
So, do you take your own pictures with a tripod? Do you LOVE the convenience as much as me? Seriously, I keep my tripod in my backseat so that I can take pictures on the way to work, from work, or whenever I see a pretty background. If you are a tripod user, be sure to leave your blog or Instagram handle in the comments below so I can get more tripod photo inspo!