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You may be scrolling your feed thinking you can’t create Reels because you need all of these fancy apps or to learn a bunch of new programs.

Don’t get discouraged. While you could, you don’t have to at all. In fact, I only use 4 apps when creating my reels. Most of the time I’m really only using 3. I’m going to share these 4 apps along with a couple of easy tips for each one.

Ready? Let’s go!

#1 App for creating reels is Instagram.

I have lots of kids, little time. I don’t want to be spending more time then I have to on a task. I find using Instagram for building my Reels to be perfect. Whether I film directly within the app (what I do most of the time) or film on my smartphone camera and bring it into Instagram, it’s super easy. I trim clips right within the reels builder, use their subtle filters for clips of my face, and add text right there over top.

Here’s an example of a reel I created completely within Instagram.

#2 App for creating reels is Dropbox.

Okay, this might feel like a stretch as I don’t actually use dropbox in creating my reels. However, as a photographer, including my work is key. I keep a folder in Dropbox of all of my images ready to use for social media, reels, and more. I have the app on my phone so I can easily download the images onto my phone to include for example photos as well as cover photos.

#3 App for creating reels is Instories.

Technically Instories was created for creating beautiful Instagram Stories (hence the name of it). However, I have found that it works great for turning images into slideshows for reels. It’s easy to use, plenty of templates (though I use the super clean ones) and you can even set up brand colors and such to stay on brand. I also use this app to create my cover photos. See examples of my cover photos on my Reels Page on Instagram here.

Extra perk is that it saves your created designs, so it is easy for me to create a new cover by just updating a current design.

This app does cost money, but it was minimal and worth it for all that I use it for.

#4 App for creating reels is InShot.

This is one you probably hear about often in the instagram world. I will be honest, I hardly use it. Again, I like to keep it simple. Yet, I do love it for creating voice over videos like the one here.

That’s it! I’m sure you could find plenty of other apps to use, but why?! You don’t need to create production quality reels, just show up. The easier it is, the more likely you’ll do it, so get a system in place with just a couple of apps.

Get my free guide to help you up your reels game below!

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