Favorite Apps: Instagram

August 12, 2011 at 8:24 am 4 comments

I am a terrible photographer. Terrible. Just awful. I see a shot that would look good and try to snap a photo but it turns out all wrong. And to make matters worse, I take 99% of my pictures with my iPhone. The majority of the pictures of my son are taken one handed while I’m holding him. I don’t know much about photography but I’m fairly certain you shouldn’t be holding your subject in order to get the best snapshot.

But of course the Apple App Store has a solution – and this one is free! Instagram.

Take a semi-decent picture with your iPhone and then open the Instagram app (or take a picture directly in the Instagram app); crop the picture and then apply a filter – my favorite filters are Nashville and Walden. Somehow the filters give just a little something extra that transforms that ordinary picture into special.

Here’s a picture I took of my son resting against my chest (can’t believe I am actually sharing a picture of me sporting a double chin). And then that same picture after some Instagram magic.

Pictures can be shared on six different social media sites including Twitter and Facebook.

And one more before and after of a totally banal picture amped up a few degrees.

-Aly

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  • 1. Steve Schwartzman  |  August 12, 2011 at 8:33 am

    While it’s true that taking pictures one-handed isn’t usually recommended, I find myself doing that with my macro nature photography. When you get very close to a subject in nature, even a modest breeze will amplify an obbject’s movement. To counteract that, I’ll steady a subject with my left hand and take pictures with my right, sometimes pressing the camera against my forehead for extra stability. It’s unorthodox, but I find it works for me.

    Steve Schwartzman
    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

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    • 2. Vitoria  |  December 28, 2012 at 6:20 am

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  • 3. Steve Schwartzman  |  August 12, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Oops, I see a typo in “obbject’s.”

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  • 4. Anonymous  |  August 13, 2011 at 8:15 am

    A tip: Don’t forget to apply the “tilt shift” between cropping the picture and selecting the filter in Instagram. That makes the pics truly amazing!

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