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How to Make an Instagram Reel with Still Photos

photographer teaching how to use instagram reels

Today, we are giving you a fast and furious tutorial. I’m showing you how to make an Instagram Reel with still photos. This is for all of our photographers out there that just want to be able to show photos side by side – I’m showing you the fastest and easiest way to do that! […]

Today, we are giving you a fast and furious tutorial. I’m showing you how to make an Instagram Reel with still photos. This is for all of our photographers out there that just want to be able to show photos side by side – I’m showing you the fastest and easiest way to do that! Let’s jump in!

How to Use Videoleap

Okay, so you want to create a video like this that can showcase your photos that go back to back to back. I’m going to show you the fastest way to do that. 

So swipe out of your Instagram app. You’re going to actually use a different app called Videoleap. You can use the free version to do everything inside this video. You can see they’re trying to get me to use the paid version, I don’t need it.

I’m going to go plus and it’s going to have me start a new project. I then go plus again and I’m going to import some photos. I’m going to scroll to a recent wedding and from there I’m going to import and select all of the photos that I want to include. I’m going to then go, add to project. It downloads them, and from there, I’m going to select canvas and then select 9:16 which is the Instagram Reel canvas.

How to Edit the Photos

Now easy peasy. You can expand by scrolling like this. I’m going to cut them down because I want them to go a lot faster. Typically, about 0.1 seconds is a good vibe for me if I’m not timing it to music and if I just want them to scroll quickly and be entertaining and capture the users attention. So I’m just scrolling through and I’ll fast forward….

Then when I’ve got them all cut down, I can press play and it will show me what it’s generally going to look like. You’ll see that it’s actually going a little too slow for me. So I’m going to press pause and cut them down to speed them up. I can scroll back to the beginning and press play again, and it will show me what it looks like. Perfect!

Export Your Video and Post

Now the key here is that I’m going to go to export and I’m going to choose my export settings. So what I typically like to do here is go to 4K for the resolution and then 24 frames per second. This is nice for my iPhone videos that I’ve recorded them in 4k, so it makes sense to export them in 4k also. I can then go back and then I’ll hit save. It’ll take just a moment to export your video. 

Now, I can find this video inside my photos. Easy peasy! Then I’m going to go into Instagram, and I’m going to go add and then reel. Tap the bottom left which shows my videos, I can click on the most recent video and there we go! All I need to do is add a sound, add some text, and I am ready to post!

So quick and so efficient for creating a photo reel on Instagram. Thanks so much for joining us for this tutorial on how to create an Instagram Reel with still photos. If you have any additional questions, drop them down below. Until next time, bye! 

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