During what’s been going on in the world right now, I’ve been seeing a lot of people saying the same things but one of the main issues cropping up on my Twitter feed lately is influencers and Instagrammers musing about how they feel like they’ve exhausted their creative energy, they’ve done everything they can to keep their Instagram feed continuous. Obviously this peaks my curiosity a little bit and I will check out their feed, and I often find myself thinking that there’s still loads they could be trying.
This obviously isn’t an insult or a dig at anybody because actually when you’re unexpectedly put in a position like this it’s easy enough to feel overwhelmed and idealess, it’s all very stressful for everybody so naturally we’re probably going to feel a little uninspired.
But I’ve been using this as an opportunity to get a little bit more arty with my photos and have a go at Photoshop in ways I haven’t before, and I’ve decided to share a lil something on here to hopefully inspire you to get creative too.
Here’s how my Instagram feed looks as of today (17.04.2020)
So let’s dive straight into my ideas – if you use any of my ideas as inspiration I would love to see what you come up with, so please tag me in any of your photos or even share your creations via DM to me on Instagram (@GeorgiaAnneUK) and I’ll even reshare!
MILK BATHS – OR ANY TYPE OF BATH FOR THAT MATTER
I made a TikTok showing you how you can take milk bath photos on your own if you don’t have anybody available to help, but this is a pretty easy and effective photo to take, you just need a tiny amount of milk, a bath, a tripod and the willingness to smell of milk for a little bit.
You don’t need to just do a milk bath though, I think that a regular bath with some props floating around with you would also be a nice photo, for example clear water with fruit or confetti would look nice, but just be careful when removing the confetti out of the water, you may need to use a net to get it out as you don’t want to loose the confetti into your drains, this could cause blockages and damage your pipes.
GET PHOTOSHOP HAPPY
Photoshop has honestly been my greatest ally during the pandemic, I’ve been getting more experimental with my photos thanks to searching the internet for inspiration and having the willingness to give things a go. My most recent creation has been a fairy photo inspired by a Paper Magazine photoshoot that Grimes did a while back (I think it was paper magazine anyway). I referenced her photo and used it to create what you’re seeing on the right of this text, all it took was three hours and a lot of patience!
Ways you can use Photoshop
- Manipulate your images
- Create more artful images
- Create unrealistic images
- Put together collages
- Cut out and play with layers
- Manipulate colour
- Manipulate your surroundings
Where to get inspired
- #PhotoshopEdit on Instagram
- Facebook Photography Groups
- Instagram artists
The above photo is actually one of my favourites right now, it’s quite simple but it’s an effective photo. All I used to draw the eye on my hand was some eyeliner so that I didn’t have to have a hard time removing the drawing when the photo was taken. I then set up some fabric over my clothes horse to use as a backdrop and shot away! You could get more inventive than me and draw on different body parts and take photos of different body parts with your drawings on them!
One morning I decided to write a blog post about self reflection and realised that I didn’t have any photos to use, so I quickly set up my tripod, grabbed my mirror off the wall in my hallway and got snapping away! I then went into Photoshop and added a photo of myself into the mirror, as if I was in the reflection. I then captioned it on Instagram to relate to the image of self reflection, and then used the same image in my blog post. This is a simple edit, but with a message behind it, the photo really stands out and has an impact on my feed.
RELATE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY TO THE TIMES
This is something that I’m yet to do because I don’t quite know how to approach the pandemic and my photography in a sensitive way, but I’ve had a few ideas that I may try out eventually, specifically with face masks and gloves. But we’ll see about that when the timing feels right or at least when I know a good way to approach the topic. I’ve seen people using documentation as a way of spreading the story which means using your one daily exercise as a means to photograph the barren streets and empty parking lots. There’s a lot of ways we could touch on this but I suppose the “how” is the question.
So there you have it!
These are a few of the ideas I’ve been sharing on Instagram lately, give me a follow if you want to see what else I come up with, I’m over at @GeorgiaAnneUK