This week I was invited to participate in another Instagram takeover for The Blog Life. You may remember the post on “My Imaginary Perfect Day” last month, where I shared the photos and the stories – and photos – of a perfect day in the life (you know, the kind that never happen).
My theme this month was about capturing the best moments of summer and the apps and resources I use to get the most out of my summer photos.
It’s a subject I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.
You may remember my #100HappyDays series from last year. Every 10 days, for 100 days, I posted a selection of photos from our summer wanderings. It wasn’t a perfect daily photo project, but looking back on the selection of captures and reading the short captions brings me joy. And I want that again this year.
I’m not sure what this year’s project will look like. There are a few things I’m waiting to fall into place before I commit to something. In the meantime, here are the photo tips I shared yesterday.
Everyday Photo Tip | For a unique change in perspective, try taking a picture of your reflection. This could be in a mirror, or anything that creates a mirrored effect. It’s also a great way to capture a group without using a timer. #EveryDayPhotoTips
Everyday Photo Tip | The Instaweather app is a great app for capturing the feeling of those HOT summer days. With lots of overlay options, you can add anything from temperature to wind speed to precipitation count. It’s a lot of fun! #EveryDayPhotoTips
Everyday Photo Tip | Don’t be afraid to step back from your subject and take in the scene. Just make sure you keep the the “rule of thirds“. #EveryDayPhotoTips
Everyday Photo Tip | If you want to take a photo, but you’re in a rush, place your camera on your hip, set the focus to auto, and snap away. You might be surprised at what you capture! #EveryDayPhotoTips
Everyday Photo Tip | Whether it’s a place you visit regularly or a special trip, photographs with signs of your favorite places add introductions and descriptions to your summer photobook without writing a thing. #EveryDayPhotoTips
Everyday Photo Tip | Remember that yard sale you worked hard on? Or the one you visited? Or that great find you found at a flea market? When I work hard for something, I like to keep a lasting memory. This was a photograph I worked hard for. #EveryDayPhotoTips
Everyday Photo Tip | It’s not always the details of an experience, but the way a building, or a place feels. That was captured in this photo of the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. It is light, open, tall, and beautiful. #EveryDayPhotoTips
Everyday Photo Tip | A way to capture details: a hand being held. Bike riding without shoes. A shadowed evening waiting for dad to come home. I see all of this right here. #EveryDayPhotoTips
Everyday Photo Tip | And at the end of your trip, capture the trinkets and tees you purchase in the place where you got them. That way, you not only keep that little memento forever, you also don’t feel bad when it’s time to get rid of it. #EveryDayPhotoTips
I hope you enjoyed this edition of #EveryDayPhotoTips! Stay tuned on Instagram and here on the blog for more of that, along with my summer capture plans, and – of course – all of the good that comes with a slow, joyful summer.