This month’s Just Run Round Up brings you an Instagram for runners guide: tips, tricks, and outtakes from running bloggers.
I will be the first to say that Instagram does not come naturally to me. I’m an introvert by nature and didn’t start using Instagram until I started blogging. It’s super awkward for me to put photos of myself on Instagram…. and even more awkward to take them. Over the past few years, I’ve found a few tricks that have worked for me in sharing my running photos on Instagram (and for blog images and Pinterest graphics). (You can follow me on Instagram under @thisrunnersrecipes.)
How I Take My Instagram Photos
For most Instagram photos, I prop my phone up (either on a tree, a bench, or, if I’m taking the photo after the run, a small tripod) and I use a slow motion video. I run back and forth, as if I were doing a sort of modified strides workout. Sometimes, I use the burst function, but I overall prefer videos because I can take screenshots of multiple images.
My best Instagram photos were taken by my husband, who is a far more talented photographer than I. He’s natural at things like capturing good light and applying the rule of thirds.
I can be a little bit type-A sometimes; I will analyze a photo and think, my hair is messy, my posture isn’t perfect, or the gray skies aren’t exactly flattering. There are so many perfect pictures on Instagram, where people miraculously go for a run without a strand of hair out of place or a blotch of red from exertion on their face. There are accounts where it seems like every single run is perfect.
Don’t worry about those other photos or their paces. Share your sweat-streaked face, share your bad runs (along with the good), and just be authentic. This is Instagram, not Vogue.
Rule of Thirds
I do not always follow this on Instagram, but when I do, I notice more likes and engagement. The rule of thirds is a simple guideline for aesthetically pleasing photos: you use two horizontal lines and two vertical lines to divide the photo into thirds, and then use the intersections and lines as focal points in your photo.
Instagram makes this rule even easier to follow by providing the grids on the screen when you edit a photo for posting.
Avoiding Resting B*tch Face
A majority of my running selfies are from the side or rear view. Why? I have a bad case of resting bitch face (and a complexion so sunshine deficient that I look like an extra from Twilight). Somehow, I can pull off a smile (or epic pain face) for a race photographer but when it’s my own camera, I end up with full-on b*tch face. My Instagram outtakes are full of those moments:
You have to find an angle that works for you and your best features. Play around with angles: behind, side view, looking up from the ground, or looking down from above. Different angles also make your profile more interesting!
The other ladies in the Just Run Round Up share their tips, tricks, and outtakes. If you aren’t already following them on Instagram, you should!
What are your tricks for getting a good running photo?