How do you take your Instagram from “selfies at the Starbucks drive-thru” to “a fashion statement at the Starbucks drive-thru”? We would say it’s attitude and editing. Making your photos memorable is more about how you edit your photos and what trends will get you noticed than what you take photos of. Because with a camera in your hand wherever you go, everyone’s taking a photo of everything.
Take a look at the latest trends to take your Instagram from “meh” to “wow!”
There is blurry, and then there is shallow depth of field. And it might interest you to know that intentionally blurry photos are really taking off right now.
Wedding and engagement photos that look like the couple knocked the hand of the photographer while they danced and kissed? It definitely makes an impact. Sometimes you have to look closely to see the couple amongst the swinging lights and blurred lines of the photo. It’s best done in an environment with a lot of artificial lights, so you can enjoy the streaks left behind by the shaking camera.
An Extremely shallow depth of field
You could argue that this blurry trend of Instagram photos came from the popularity of shallow depth of field. You’ve definitely seen it, but the best example is the Handmaids Tale TV show, which uses it to great effect to get under the bonnet of Offred and show her tiny twitches in her mask.
Meanwhile, the rest of us use it to show a kid opening their Christmas gifts in perfect clarity, while the tree and fireplace are blurred shapes. And it’s a lot easier to pull off now that modern phones give you the option of messing with your focus.
Sure, it’s done to death, but it also means the subject of the photo remains in focus, which is an element that the all-blurry trend lacks. If you like the idea of sprucing up your engagement photos, click here to collect them all in a photo book.
The 30-year fashion cycle trucks on, so while low rider jeans and pups in purses return, the 70’s never truly seems to leave. It’s back in two forms. The first is in iconography. The bubbly font of the 70’s is returning that instantly just says “Disco!” no matter what the words are really saying.
Grainy and muted
When I think of the 70’s I think tan. Not the people, but the fashion. Brown jackets, leather boots, etc. Mostly because the cameras of the time were tinged brown. The film was grainy, the footage flickered, the edges blurred.
All of this is being recreated in modern Instagram photos. Different elements of it are adopted by different people, but there is a layer of griminess to 2022s photos. Some of them have simply dialled down the colour, some have added that tan tinge, others are simply incorporating some grain. It makes for some interesting fashion shots, like a new take on streetwear.
Seasonal colour palettes
Like your hair, nails, fashion colours, etc. people are switching to seasonal colours in their Instagram accounts. As we get into autumn, users are ditching the brights and pastels of summer for the muted greens, fiery reds, and various browns autumn is known for, and you can bet as winter comes around, you’ll see a lot of white and crimson red.
Bernadine Racoma is the Content Manager of WorkSmartr.com. Her long experience in an international development institution and extensive travels have provided her with a wealth of knowledge and insights into cultural diversity. She writes to inform, engage, and share the idea of the Internet being a useful platform for communicating, knowledge sharing, educating, and entertaining.