If there is no photo of your run, did it even happen? We runners do love to post about all of our running achievements big and small. And, why shouldn’t we!? We work hard and we are proud of the work we do. Offering up some of my best tips on how to take amazing running selfies and photos for Instagram. This post contains affiliate links.
Top Tips For Great Running Photos
Getting just the right photo that will pop on Instagram or Facebook is not always so easy. No, you do not need to have your own professional photographer follow you around. Here are some easy ways to elevate your photos.
Invest in a tripod
Having a great tripod is a must. It is hard to rely on finding somewhere to prop up your phone that is at the right angle. Having a lightweight, portable tripod that you can take with you on your run or stash in your car is key. I tuck mine right into my hydration vest so I can pull it out when inspiration strikes.
Play with angles
By using a tripod, you can play with angles to capture more or less of your body in your photo. Makes it easier to accent shoes or socks or certain parts of your outfit. Switching up your angles always gives some variety to your IG feed. Here are some tips about taking jump shots.
Timing is everything
Use your timer to capture great action shots. Also using the remote control that comes with a tripod helps to capture your action shot at just the right moment. It is super small and very easy to hold in your hand while you run or jump.
Use your background
Take advantage of what is in your background to help make your photo stand out. Use flowers or trees that have seasonal significance. Look for murals or objects that spark interest in your photos. Coordinate colors in your outfit to objects you run by. Mix up your poses to add variety.
Play with accessories
Accent your photos with seasonal items that pop like fun, colorful sunglasses, or hats.
Using consistent filters gives your Instagram feed a cleaner, more organized look. There are a ton of great photos available for very small fees on Etsy. Once you download them, they are yours to use forever. It is easy to pick a series that fits your personality and colors. For example, like everything to have a pink hue? There are filters for that. I like to choose seasonal filters. The summer filters highlight the greens and bright colors. Fall and winter filters bring out the gold and red in the leaves for example.
Just be you
Of course, being your genuine self in your photos is the way to go. Don’t be afraid to express your personality and “run” with it. Your audience follows you to see you and that’s what they want to see.
I hope I gave you some new ideas to elevate your running photos for Instagram. Let me know how it goes!
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