How to Add Photos and Videos to Instagram Reels Clips

Instagram Reels have become one of the most popular ways for creators to share short video content. With Reels, you can create fun and engaging videos using photos, clips, effects, text, stickers, and more.

My Experience Creating Reels

As a social media manager with over 5 years of experience, I’ve created hundreds of Instagram Reels for clients across various industries. Reels are extremely versatile and a great way to showcase products, behind-the-scenes footage, tutorials, branded content, and more.

The key to creating successful Reels is understanding your audience and crafting content specifically for them. I always start by analyzing competitors and influencers in my client’s niche to see what type of Reels perform best. This helps me identify trends, audio tracks, effects, and content formats that resonate most with target users.

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Reels

Below I’ll walk you through the step-by-step process for creating Instagram Reels using photos, videos clips, text, effects, stickers, and more:

1. Access the Reels Camera

  • Open the Instagram app and tap the (+) icon in the top-right corner
  • Swipe left and select “Reels” at the bottom

2. Import Photos and Videos

  • Tap the gallery icon in the bottom left corner
  • Select up to 10 photos or video clips to add them to your Reel
  • Tap and hold clips to rearrange the order

3. Customize Display Length

  • Tap each individual photo or clip to edit the display length
  • Shorten or extend lengths by dragging left or right

4. Add Effects

  • Browse Instagram’s built-in AR effects and filters
  • Tap “Effects” at the bottom and select your preferences

5. Incorporate Text

  • Tap “Text” at the bottom
  • Select font, color and add your caption

6. Use Stickers and GIFs

  • Tap “Stickers” at the bottom
  • Search for and add relevant branded stickers or GIFs

7. Enhance with Drawings

  • Select “Draw” at the bottom
  • Freehand or use various brush sizes and colors

8. Add Branded Hashtags

  • Include 3-5 relevant branded hashtags in your caption to increase discoverability

9. Add Music

  • Tap “Audio” at the bottom
  • Browse popular songs or use the built-in music library
  • Trim audio clips and adjust volume

10. Share Your Reel

  • Preview your final Reel
  • Tap “Share” when you’re ready to publish

Best Practices for Success

To create Instagram Reels that engage your target audience and drive results for your brand, keep these best practices in mind:

Hook viewers in the first 5 seconds – Lead with your most eye-catching photo or video clip to capture attention right away.

Post consistently – Aim to share new Reels 3-5 times per week to stay top of mind.

Reuse content – Repurpose existing photos and clips for a quick and easy way to keep creating content.

Incorporate trends – Use popular songs, effects, filters and stickers related to trending topics.

Encourage engagement – Ask questions or prompts in captions to spark conversation.

Use captions strategically – Include keywords and branded hashtags for better discoverability.

Check analytics – Analyze which Reels perform best to inform future content creation.

Promote top-performing Reels – Share again as Stories or feed posts to maximize reach.

Collaborate – Partner with influencers or employees to expand your reach.

Have fun! – Show off your brand’s personality by getting creative.

By combining photos, video clips, text, effects, stickers, trends and more, you can produce Reels that entertain and engage your target Instagram audience. Let me know if you have any other questions!