Instagram is a favorite social channel for storytellers. Why? Many people are more visually inclined and prefer to tell their story through pictures. Happiness, architecture, and travels are what lead John and his Boston Terrier dog Tosca to share their stories on Instagram. John takes great Instagram photos using his phone.
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I’m honored to be a Bayer Pet Influencer. Last week, I traveled to Jacksonville, Florida. To kick off our visit, Bayer invited John Drum from Travels with Tosca to share some tips on taking great Instagram photos using a phone camera.
Nowadays, my iPhone is usually the camera I have on hand. With the smartphone camera technology, it’s becoming known that many are moving into an era where a DSLR camera is no longer necessary. John utilizes only Instagram filters to capture a ‘particular mood’ of his subject which is mostly Tosca. Here are some photos of Tosca.
Tosca is a rescue pup. Tosca’s name comes from a Vienna Austria musical group from the mid 90’s called Tosca – makes quirky warm jazzy and relaxing modern lounge music ad. The “Travel with Tosca” is a nod to John Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charlie” novel of his adventures across America in a van with his dog.
Tosca has been a savior-dog and helped John tremendously with his renewed life from South Carolina to Jacksonville, FL
John shared some insights on how the process of shooting photos of his travels and life with Tosca using his phone camera.
7 Tips: Take Great Instagram Photos with Your Phone
John enjoys getting into the flow of creativity like going for a bike ride, long walk or just sitting in a meditative/contemplative state. It helps him settle into a comfortable energy; which Tosca reads well as his sidekick.
Definitely, must have TREAT! During photo sessions, big meals and small tidbits of treats keep Tosca attention focused on John leads and direction.
TREAT! Tosca and Lil KB
3. Multiple Exposures
John takes a minimum of four photos for each physical setting, focusing different areas of a foreground, middle ground, and background – which affects the amount of light, focus, and shadow.
4. Photo Quality
A Great Tip from John “find a balance between positioning yourself with the camera and your subject at the “right” distance for quality image resolution.” To balance the photo, John avoids using trim and zoom He uses the “tilt-shift” editing feature on Instagram to blur out most backgrounds and “sharpen” to tighten up the image if it gets too grainy.
It takes work but over time becomes natural when staging the frame and position of the subject. Balance, horizon line, triangular, near vs far vs background…all take time to see what works best.
John loves the outdoors and is very lucky that the sun is behind him 80% of the time. Exposure can be adjusted on screen with the touch of the camera screen on iPhones and adjusting the little sun vertically to dim or amplify lighting while taking pictures. John tends to keep Tosca a shade darker in the photo and edit the brilliance, shadows, and contrast later.
7. Don’t Force What Doesn’t Work
You, the environment, the weather, neighbors traffic, squirrels or other dogs can make a mess of your intentions. Don’t sweat the small stuff, there are other locations and days to try again. Some days it is not in the cards to take good photos, so cut loose and have fun!
The best camera is the one that’s with you …