Finding Time For Photography & Instagram (When You're Always Busy)
Our creative outlets are the first to be neglected when we’re too busy and our self-care check-in can take a dip (or a catastrophic nose dive). We’re more likely to engage in the endless mindless scroll or (unwittingly) listen to other’s voices and perspectives rather than stepping back to make something new that’s from us. Instagram is one of the best and the most readily available places to not only take in inspiration but have a platform where you can shout about your imagery - regardless of your style. Finding time to effectively use instagram can be easier said than done but creating photographs can be a welcome release for your energy plus in some cases highlight a moment in your daily adventures you wish to cherish. My own instagram process has been a hit and miss affair plus with all the noise that social media can produce it can be an overwhelming place to be at times so here are some ways to find the time to post to instagram.
How do you identify those techniques and unearth those moments of instagram gold ?
Find Your Inspiration
Knowing what you want to post can be half the uphill battle but understanding where your talents lie and what you want to push can do wonders. As discussed in Ira Glass video ‘The Gap’ it wonderfully illustrates that often our tastes and what we currently produce has a huge gulf in between them but with time, practice and refining our work slowly the gap lessens. Part of this refinement comes from what inspiration we choose to listen to, what genuinely inspires us and what will take us forward. Whether you want to dedicate your feed to your family and their experiences, put together a consistent theme, want more styled themes, focus on purely 1 subject matter, show people what you ate - the possibilities are absolutely endless and all completely relevant with how we choose to show up in the world. Collect a few images from 3-6 profiles that really speak to how and what you want to say, they won’t be exactly like you because everyone has their own point of view but these are a point of reference for where you want to aspire to. Here are a couple of my current loves …
As you can see from my feed at the moment, it’s not quite where I want it to be but having a reliable stock of artists that bring you joy can take away some of the worry that can come from wondering what to post.
You can take what you love from their work and interpret it into your own style.
Look Out For Those Everyday Moments
This may not work for everyone depending on what you wish to post but some of the greatest inspiration and moments can come from daily occurrences in everyday situations and they can be our most loved. They can be raw, real and in the moment plus signify something that we felt needed capturing - it gives attention to something that maybe be seen as mundane. A good point to using imagery likes this is that it can take away the stress of planned photography, it’s spontaneous and because of that it can resonate with people more.
Use Those Small Pockets Of Time
Maybe it’s commuting home from work, maybe it’s those times you have no idea what to do, maybe it’s waiting for dinner to cook … utilising those pockets of time that would be used for endless scrolling could be put to better use by editing, scheduling or commenting to move your feed forward. Actually implementing those ideas can be tough as we’re always busy always working towards our next deadline, the beauty of instagram is that it doesn’t need everyday input if you don’t want it to. So it’s totally OK if you can manage 1 post a week or not. Even if it’s 1 hour a week using that hour mindfully in an engaging way can not only do great things for our mood. I often find it tough but slowly incorporating this kind of thought process has made things easier.
Use Your Phone For Ease
A misconception by some is that you need a fancy pants camera to make work to be proud of. Although they can provide a great next step for your photographic work they really aren’t an essential plus can be bulky and expensive when a great alternative is already at your fingertips - your phone. The quality in mobile phones is not to be sniffed and to capture those instantaneous moments it’s perfect.
More Tips For Finding Time For Instagram :
Schedule your posts
Block or unfollow those folks that are toxic or uninspiring so they don’t clog up your feed
Work in bulk if you can
Get to grips with your editing style so it doesn’t take you hours to process