I kid you not – seven different people approached me last year to generate Instagram captions for them. I take those instances as a laughing matter .. but also as compliments! I’d like to think that captions do add flavor to our photos.
As someone who considers herself a wordsmith, it’s inevitable for me to play around with words. My Instagram account serves as a space where I get to bring out some wit to the table. More often than not, my followers and friends get amused with the captions I come up with and ask how on earth I come up with them.
So, here are a few tips on how I generate those captions. Enjoy!
A call to action caption is all it takes to engage yourself with your followers! Hello, Instagram!!! Hello World!!!!!
Go figure.. figurative language!
Remember the literary terms you used to memorize for English class back in high school or college (for minor English subjects, perhaps)? Examples of these are similes, metaphors, idioms, personifications, hyperboles, clichés and onomatopoeias. My favorite would be alliteration (repetition of the same initial letter, sound or group of sounds. In essence, tongue twisters).
Pin The Tale
Paint a scenario for your followers to visualize when they see your photo – after all, a photo speaks a thousand words, right? Turn those words into a story of your own! Better yet, put your history hat on and get informative! That’s enough to encourage and intrigue your friends online to see the place, too.
There are two sides of this wired fence: the exit to liberation, or an entry towards death. The former was practically impossible during the five years of captivity in this camp. As the bright sky shines on the bereaved, lost souls of the Nazi occupation, these were the fields where lives of millions of prisoners particularly Jews were mercilessly taken away. I can't promise I won't break down the next time I listen to the Schindler's List theme song. #TravelWithYsabel
Now the blues begin to spread eminently as the pinks slowly vanished in the east; while the absence of the sun on the west allowed the orange to diffuse atop the silhouettes of California's valleys and mountaintops. The skies of the west increased her saturation – it was her sad but beautiful cry of goodbye to the east. • • "See you tomorrow," the sun whispered. "Tomorrow's another exhilarating day to paint your beautiful canvas with my love." "Another year," the skies corrected. "to fill the gaps of emptiness and sorrow with hope and promise." The sun grimaced, sank behind the silhouettes and finally, slept. • • December 31, 2017 / #TravelWithYsabel
This is not war, maybe, human extinction?? Well, more than meets the eye is the Yick Fat Building, the few of the real locations where Transformers 4: Age of Extinction was filmed. The brief, low angle shots in the fourth Transformers franchise draws attention to the colorful walls on both sides. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #TravelWithYsabel #DiscoverHongKong #LasPalmasToursandTravel
More than words
You can get your captions straight from what’s in the photo you upload. It’s that kind of feeling knowing it’s “just there” – as if it’s at the tip of your tongue. Sometimes the things we’re looking for isn’t meant to be searched because you haven’t actually noticed that it’s actually there; right in front of you. *wink*
Go big or go quote
Quotes or references are no-brainers especially when you travel to places where the movies were filmed at. Take cues from your favorite films, books, songs or shows in upgrading that Instagram caption!
Loco for local
Something that we Filipinos enjoy too is Pinoy humor. Play around with your Filipino slang and vocab, too!
Tale as old as rhyme
I promise, it never gets old! This is also a no-brainer trick I love to use when I’ve lost my creative juices for a captivating caption. (see what I did there? :P)
The Name Game
Sometimes .. you just gotta trust yourself. You can also play around with your name to add a personal touch.
Bring out the hanash….tag!
Let the hanash, er, hashtag speak for itself! If you want a hashtag that will filter out for YOUR posts (or friends, if involved), the more unique the hashtag, the higher chances are you won’t have similar ones with people that have used it before.
Location, location, location
Locations can also bring out the best in your Instagram captions, too. Do not underestimate!!!!
And there you have it! Those are my personal tips for upgrading your Instagram game captions! Have fun writing your captions! ;)
Do you like creating witty captions for Instagram, too? Share with us what you have too in the comments below!