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7 Social Media Picture Ideas For When You Have Nothing To Post

By Somdutta Mazumder

Updated - July 30, 2020 4 min read

It started with throwback pictures of year-old vacations, proceeded to selfies that didn't previously make the cut, and ended with random photos of the sky. And now, after a series of posting pictures you'd ordinarily label as slightly above average, you're ready to throw in the towel. You've officially depleted your stock of Instagram post ideas. And you've reached a point where deleting the app seems like a less painful prospect than watching strangers post one fire selfie after another, with nothing of your own to offer. 

 

But before you resort to uninstalling your social media apps altogether, give us a moment to help you out. You see, we pride ourselves on our large bank of unique ideas, along with the ability to spark inspiration. And while we might not be able to teleport you to picturesque cafes and scenic locations, we can certainly give you a list of Instagram picture ideas to help you create content right at home. So, now with all that talk well underway, let's brief you on 7 social media picture ideas you can fall back on, when you have absolutely nothing new to post! 

 

1. Use Self-Timer For A Lazy In Bed Shot 

 

 

There's a pandemic raging out in the world and everybody is stressed beyond measure. So suffice it to say, some laziness is well-deserved. As the global population continues to work in their PJs and lounge on the bed all day, why not create an Instagram post in tandem with our new reality? Besides, there's just something about a candid shot of someone chilling on the bed that feels cosy, and immensely pleasing to look at! Try to get some quirky decor like a rustic bed tray, or some colourful throw pillows into your shot. 

 

2. Flat Lay Shot Of The Things You Love 

 

 

No matter the year or state of the world, a well-shot flat lay photo will always be delightful to look at. We're talking about overhead photographs of aesthetically appealing arrangements featuring related objects, like books, coffee and a journal, or makeup products and tools. You can pick your flat lay arrangement depending on your preferences, or include objects you believe represent a normal day in your life. Pro tip - some basic snacks on a charming holding plate, or a good-looking drink will always enhance any flat lay shot! 

 

3. Pets Are The Best Models 

 

 

As anybody with a furry companion would know, a pet doubles up your repository of Instagram-worthy content. There really isn't any better at-home partner model, than an adorable dog or a playful kitty. You can take self-timed shots of you and your pet spending time, or click a photo of your pet as the foreground to a beautiful backdrop. Pictures of your hand petting your cute best friend are a great idea as well! 

 

 

4. Use A Knitted Blanket Or Scarf For Artistic Lighting

 

 

I mean, none of us can or would want to invest in expensive lighting equipment just for Instagram posts. Unless of course, that's what you do for a living. But for the rest of us, a few easy hacks can get you a cool photography effect, that's just as appealing as a professional shot. One such hack would be to use a knitted cloth above you, near a source of natural light, to create a neat light and shadow effect. Tinfoil or multi-colour LED lights can also get you some quirky effects. 

 

5. A From-Where-I-Stand Shot 

 

 

This one is a classic that works, especially when you are fresh outta ideas for an Insta post. Don a pair of good-looking shoes or sandals, and stand on an interesting surface, near some lovely objects; like a pair of Doc Martens on a colourful rug with a pot of plant nearby. Bonus points for holding a drink or snack in your hand, and also getting the bottom half of your outfit into the picture. 

 

6. Work From Home OOTD Or Work Station Shot 

 

 

Nearly everybody with a desk job, has been working from home the past couple of months. If you have a cool setup where you spend your days working, click a photo of that WFH station. Try to get some quirk or vibrant objects into the shot, such as a slogan coffee mug, or a few colourful post-it notes on the wall. You can also click a mirror selfie of your work from home outfit, preferably with an aesthetically appealing background! 

 

7. Hang Up A Bedsheet For A Pretty Backdrop 

 

 

Not all of us have rooms wallpapered to perfection. And since hunting for the perfect backdrop outside your house is sort of out of the question, you'll have to make do with whatever you have. And a great hack that can help, is pinning up a pretty bedsheet on the wall and posing in front of it. Bed sheets featuring colourful mandalas can give you a great Boho social media photo! 


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