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Why Instagram Reels are Important for Photographers and Art Galleries

Posted on March 20, 2023 - By Sandrine Hermand-Grisel
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Why Instagram Reels are Important for Photographers and Art Galleries
Why Instagram Reels are Important for Photographers and Art Galleries
Instagram Reels are short, engaging videos that can be up to 60 seconds long and are a great way for photographers and art galleries to showcase their work and reach a wider audience. Instagram Reels is a relatively new feature on the platform that allows users to create and share short, engaging videos. While it was initially popular among influencers and content creators, it has quickly become a valuable tool for photographers to showcase their work, attract new clients, and build their online presence.

An Instagram Story and a Reel are not the same thing. Reels do not vanish after a 24-hour period, which is a significant distinction between the two forms. A Reel that has been uploaded remains accessible until the creator deletes it.

By selecting the Reels icon at the bottom of the Instagram home screen, users can access Reels. A scrollable stream of popular Reels is available. Additionally, reels are available on the explore tab.

In order to compete with TikTok, which has more than one billion active daily users, Instagram had to develop its own version of a catchy, short-video format. Photographers can't depend anymore on just using static images to develop and captivate audiences with Instagram's algorithm favoring Reels. Reels have proven to increase views and engagement rates for many magazines, galleries, and photographers alike. Since integrating Reels into their Instagram strategy, many photographers have seen a significant increase in engagement rates.


Social media now revolves around brief, interesting videos. People react to them the most, making them a highly profitable tool for increasing engagement. Reels posted by photographers and photo galleries increase their likelihood of appearing on the explore tab. Reels' success is largely due to Instagram's explore page, where suggested material is featured.

A photographer is more likely to appear on the explore page when including a healthy dose of Reels in their content mix because the Instagram algorithm now favors Reels. According to Meta data, the explore website is viewed by about 200 million people every day.


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In short, here are some reasons why Instagram Reels is important for photographers and photo galleries if they want to reach a wider audience:

Increased Visibility:
Instagram Reels can help photographers reach a wider audience and increase their visibility on the platform. By creating engaging and visually stunning videos, photographers can capture the attention of potential clients and followers. Reels also have a dedicated section on the Explore page, which means that if your content is engaging enough, it has the potential to be discovered by thousands of new viewers.

Showcasing Personality:
Instagram Reels allow photographers to showcase their personalities and creativity. Instead of just posting static images, photographers can use Reels to showcase their personalities and unique styles. This helps build a connection with potential clients and followers, and establishes the photographer as a trustworthy and relatable person. But in order to show its personality a photographer or a gallery needs to showcase unique content. By unique, we mean an original score (music) and an original layout or one-of-a-kind effects in your video. If you use automatic tools to create reels, the risk is that you end up with fairly similar content to your competition especially when the music is concerned.

Highlighting Skills:
Reels provide a platform for photographers to showcase their skills, whether it's through behind-the-scenes footage or tutorials on how to achieve certain effects. This helps establish the photographer as an expert in their field, which can lead to increased bookings and opportunities.

Engaging with Followers:
Instagram Reels offer a fun and engaging way for photographers to interact with their followers. By creating engaging and entertaining content, photographers can build a loyal fan base that can lead to repeat bookings and increased exposure. An art gallery, will also stand out if it showcases its upcoming exhibition or event in an inviting way.

Staying on Trend:
Instagram Reels is a relatively new feature on the platform, and as such, it's still being explored by users. This means that by jumping on the Reels bandwagon early, photographers can stay on-trend and remain relevant in an increasingly competitive market. Investing in new trends and being in the movement will allow photographers and galleries to stand out or at least not to disappear in the multitude of accounts.

Diversifying Content:
Reels provide a way for photographers to diversify their content and offer something different to their followers. Innovative videos, original editing and unique sound scores are a way to diversify its content and attract attention to ones work. Instead of just posting static images, photographers can create engaging videos that show off their creativity and unique style. This can help keep their followers engaged and interested in their work.

Promoting Services:
Instagram Reels can be used to promote photography services, such as mini-sessions or holiday specials. By creating engaging videos that showcase their services, photographers can increase bookings and revenue.

Overall, Instagram Reels are an important tool for photographers and art galleries looking to reach a wider audience, showcase their work, increase engagement, connect with their audience, and stay current with the latest trends and features on Instagram.


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