Hey everyone it's summer already and life rhythms are getting slower and slower (well, in theory) and nicer and nicer (for real!). That's why I've been in the mood for doing something nicer and different and, well, slower with my photography. And yep, that's Steller.
My good good friend and social media guru Carlotta - along with many others - has been making fun of me (with me, ofc) about this new photo crush of mine. But hey have you seen it? Steller I've got a serious photo crush on you. I'm gonna tell you why.
1. Steller stories look great
Design-wise, it's the best thing to ever happen to photography on a smartphone. Don't even try denying you're sick of Instagram's old square format - and if you're still denying it, well, I am sick of it. I get really sad every time I have to crop something off my pics (because no, I don't shoot through Instagram). I've been using Instasize for quite some time, I like the look of pictures on a white frame but Steller's built-in layouts make everything look really nice and smooth. I love the fact that there are limited options in terms of possible layouts (please dear Steller, do not expand them too much) and that all of them are smooth and minimal and let photography really stand out. This is what good design should do. I could go on and on with the (limited) choice of stylish fonts and the (again, limited) chances you're given to combine text and pictures... and did you notice? here limited is a good thing. There's only a limited number of good designs and most of the times, it is really hard to nail the right one if you're not an expert and especially if your photos are a bit all over the place. But you can trust Steller on that one.
2. A good Steller story takes time to make
Which means, yup you get it, you actually need some work to make it work. Steller is easy to use and beautifully functional (again, what good design should be), but not straightforward and foolproof. You actually have to be a bit passionate about layout, about making photos and text work together on a (single) page, however small and digital it might be. As an average, it has taken me about three days to produce my favourite stories, so far. I might be the slowest on the team, but for me it's just natural to make drafts and revisit after a while.
Time also means that, maybe Steller is for most - but not for all. I doubt that anyone would take a few hours of their time just to design a Steller story of they wurstleg selfies or any other Instacliches out there. Yup, the place for instagratification where your bathroom selfies get showered with likes is entirely another one. And I'm quite happy about it.
3. Embed & enjoy
Here's my latest story, EGGS:
EGGS by yours truly
Looks cool, uh? There are plenty of other stories, from food to wedding photography and some photojournalism is finding its way in there as well, much much better than mine actually. And I have the feeling that each and every one of them gets a bit of love from the Steller editors, patiently checking them out (well done there) and taking their time to showcase as many as they can to help them be seen.
You might actually find it a bit hard to break through the community at first, or at least, that was my impression. The bar is set quite high: quality stories and quality content are top priorities to get the attention of the community. However, don't be discouraged: stay true and genuine to your story, get inspired and just flip through as many stories as you can from the Stellerverse - that's where top content gets reposted by the editors, trust Steller on the design and you'll make it.
I might be sharing more stories and more findings in the future. And if anyone from #stelleritalia would like to get in touch and organise meetings, I'm ready to help. <3