All about the gram.

A little over a year ago I began paying attention to Instagram.  I had made an account a couple years prior, but was never that into using Instagram.  Last summer I had some cool builds going on and began to start posting them on multiple forms of social media.

I began to post all of my build pics to Instagram just so I could throw a filter on them.  You see, I really like the Instagram filters and there is one for most applications when it comes to taking RC pictures.  When I would scroll through Instagram looking at pictures that others in the Scale community had posted I began to realize that on Instagram people were attempting to be more artsy with their pictures.  I started to pay attention to how people were framing their shots, whether or not they were using filters, and specifically what they were taking pictures of.  

My early Instagram pictures, were just poorly taken photos with a filter tossed over them.  

This picture reminds me of the majority of images out there of scale Rc trucks.  The angle is just not right and the trucks are clearly of the tiny variety.   

This picture reminds me of the majority of images out there of scale Rc trucks.  The angle is just not right and the trucks are clearly of the tiny variety.   

I began to realize I needed to get down to the same level as the truck to take a good scale photo.  This one is not great, but definitely progress for me.   

I began to realize I needed to get down to the same level as the truck to take a good scale photo.  This one is not great, but definitely progress for me.   

Mainly at this point I was just figuring out what makes a cool picture.  Some of my pictures had it and others didn’t.  This was really the beginning of me starting to care about taking scale photos, or pictures in general using my phone.  I soon moved on to paying more attention when I framed my shots. I looked at the backgrounds, the lighting, and the other details of the photo. my pictures began becoming a bit more artsy and not necessarily a whole lot higher quality.  

 

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Still one of my favorite pictures of both of these trucks.  Not an amazingly good scale photo, but it shows off both of their unique attributes.   

In this photo you can see the rays of light from the sun in the background.  BTW the picture is of brazing practice. Essentially you make shapes using the filler rod by controlling the heat source.  

In this photo you can see the rays of light from the sun in the background.  BTW the picture is of brazing practice. Essentially you make shapes using the filler rod by controlling the heat source.  

From there it just began to take off.  Instagram has been my place for me to share my photos and develop my photography skills.  I attempt to post something New there daily.  If you haven’t checked out my Instagram you really should @vanord_customs.  Give me a follow and you will see my most up to date stuff.  

Although I have progressed past the Instagram filters and into some basic photo editing, it really was a great place to start letting myself get creative with iPhone photography.  Instagram really is the tool that started my drive to take better photos of my tiny trucks.  I plan to attempt to post there daily for the conceivable future and will  continue to utilize it for my creative outlet.

Adam VanOrd