Every month I like to take time out and reflect on the pictures I have shared on Instagram. Since I started blogging I have really gained a love of taking and editing photos. What I also didn’t expect is that I have really enjoyed becoming part of the community that is Instagram. Not only is it a great place to share family memories, I also get to see all the lovely photos everyone else has taken.
With regards to taking photos, October for us has been full of dog walks to the beach with the family and planning our half term activities. Autumn is one of my favourite times of year, the colours of the leaves are just amazing. It also starts to get a bit chiller and if cold enough the log burner gets put on.
So how has October been for me on Instagram? Well I think things have finally started to pick up. If you haven’t ready my past couple of months round ups since about July, through August and into September I started to fall out of love with Instagram. They changed their algorithm, they started to not like certain hashtags and things started to feel hard work. I didn’t want to give up though, as I said, I really do enjoy looking at everyones pictures but there is also a fab community to engage with.
So what did I do this month to move things along? This month I focussed on the editing of my photos. I recently got told about an app called Snapseed which has some great tools for editing your pics. My verdict after using it for a whole month is wow, it really did bring my pics to life. The app gives you the opportunity to edit all aspects of the photo, from brightening to structure. It also has some pre-set templates. I have been loving the tune image and details section, along with adding a vignette. I have also tried out the portrait section and it really does help to make faces pop out of the picture.
What else I have noticed is that my pictures all month have received more engagement than before. I always edited my photos before using what was on offer in Instagram but Snapseed has so much more to play with. Having this app has also shown me to just capture the moment and not to worry too much about the light or colour as I know I will be able to edit this later.
Using Snapseed has definitely made a difference to my photos this month. And this lead us nicely onto my top 5 Instagram photos for October.
The photo in fifth place is of little one taking a stroll along one of our favourite dog walking beaches in Torbay. The beach is called Broadsands if you are ever in the area or visiting, It is also the beach that we have our beach hut on, which has now been put in storage for the winter.
We are all walking into the beginning of the week a bit more tired. There was a bed invader last night due to bad dreams & I have a feeling today is going to be a long day! I took this pic yesterday when we were walking the puppy on the beach. The tide was out so far it felt like you were the only ones there.
In fourth place we have I think my favourite photo in October. We had family down the weekend Storm Brian hit, but that didn’t stop us getting out and about! I shot this when we were again walking the dog on another beach. There were amazing puddles that just had to be scootered through.
Well little one knew how to take on #stormbrian yesterday. She just put on her @hm raindrop leggings, her @joulesclothing wellies and just powered on through the squally rain & storm force winds on her scooter. Nothing, not even an ex hurricane, was going to stop this one from having some fun. * * * * #snaphappybritmums #themagicofchildhood #theirwonderfulworld #curiouslittleexplorer #perfectandproud #capturingtheday #mummyshot #thismamaloves #funseekingkids #livecaptures #letthemplay #oneperfectmoment #rememberingthesedays #snaphappyfamily #ukparentbloggers #secretlivesoflittles #MyFamilyAdventures #children_outdoors #familynatureclub #kidsoftheoutdoors #UKexplore #moretoexploreoutdoors #ourweekendadventure #whatevertheweatherkids #thedevonnetwork #outdoorsandhappy #playoutdoors #1000hoursoutside #adventurelikebeatrixpotter
The photo in third place is probably my next favourite picture. This was taken at another favourite dog walking beach called Elberry. What I like about this snap is that I managed to get it at the level of the dog, and I feel I managed to capture him so well just plodding along with us all.
In second place is a picture of the lovely marina in Torquay the day before Storm Brian hit. You could just see in the sky that it was the calm before the storm. Everything was still but just behind this in the Bay itself the big tankers were starting to come in to shelter from the oncoming storm.
And the photo in first place is again another one taken at a beach. Again we were at Elberry and I just snapped this casually of little one throwing some stones into the water. But with the help of Snapseed, during editing, it really came into it’s own.
And we have made it, today is the last day of term. One more school run before the girls have 11 whole days stretched out in front of them of half term fun! They have got a lovely mix of days with grandparents, family visiting, days with one of us & a little family trip to #cornwall thrown in too. What’s your plans for half term? Have you got much time off with the kids?
So there you have it, my top 5 Instagram pictures for October. Which one is your favourite? And if you download Snapseed and give it a go let me know what you think.
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