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With the Instagram mobile app and photo-sharing service, you can use your Android or iOS device to snap a photo, apply creative filter effects, and then share it with millions of Instagram users—and on Facebook and Twitter, too. In this course, Justin Seeley details the ins and outs of the Instagram app and sharing service. The course contains tips on shooting photos using the Instagram app and also describes how to edit and enhance photos taken with Instagram or imported from another app.
Justin then details the process of posting photos to Instagram and adding descriptive tags, captions, and location information. The final chapter offers insights on building a community of followers and on enhancing your Instagram experience with additional apps and services.
Once you have got a photo either taken or loaded into Instagram, it's time to start applying effects or filters to that photo-- after all, that's what makes Instagram, Instagram right-- are the filters that you're able to apply to the photos. My favorite part about the filters is the fact that they are live, meaning I can apply them instantaneously to the photos that I'm working with and I can switch between them at any given time without any render time or anything like that. So if I picked this filter here and then switch to another one, you see that it instantly switches between the two-- there's no render time in between there-- that's very helpful.
I couldn't do that in something like Photoshop. I would have to do a lot of Curves adjustment, Levels adjustments, and things like that and it just takes forever. And so that's why an app like Instagram is so much fun for me because I just get to come in here, scroll around and find an effect that I like, tap on it, and it's instantly applied to my photograph. Now there are some effects that work better for some photos and this will take some trial and error, but after a while you're going to find that you like certain effects more so than others. So for instance, I'm sort of partial to a couple of these, Nashville being one of my favorites. And so the Nashville Filter really sharpens the image, and gives it sort of a really high magenta/ purple tint, and it also has this really cool border around the outside of it, it looks almost like it was done in film, which is really neat.
Some of the other ones that I like are going to be the Hefe. The Hefe is really nice, because it adds sort of a fuzzy quality to the photograph, and it also puts a focus on the yellow tones in the image as well, really makes the yellowish tones sort of pop out. It's kind of a vintage effect. If you're into black-and-white photography, you are going like the Inkwell setting; it's very high contrast, almost like an Ansel-Adams-like effect, and it gives it a nice white matte border around the outside as well. Some of the other good ones that are available to you will be Sutro. Sutro is sort of a Sepia effect that gives emphasis on the purple and yellow tones, really makes the shadows dark and pops the highlights really nicely.
You have also got stuff like Lo-fi, and the Lo-fi is kind of a slightly blurred image. You'll notice it's kind of a blurry quality to your images when you select this, and it really oversaturates the yellows and the greens in the photo. So that's really going to pop those out. You'll also notice it's a really high contrast as well, which is kind of nice. If you're into sort of the older faded looks, Sierra would be a good one for that. You can also check out something like Rise or Amaro; those are both sort of vintage looks. And then if you scroll all the way to the right, you have some really interesting ones like 1977, and so the 1977 gives what they call it a 1970s flair look to your photo. It's really cool though in some situations.
And then finally one of the more popular ones for people who like this vintage look is going to be the Kelvin look; it used to be called Lord Kelvin, but now it's just called Kelvin. And so this is a super-saturated retro photo but it's got this really cool scratchy like grungy border around the outside and that's really popular nowadays. So, that's another great addition to this filter as well. And so you just scroll through all of these different filters, you can pop them on one at a time just by tapping on them with your finger. If you don't like the one that you've chosen, that's fine, just switch to another one and you can keep going all the way through the list until you find one that you like.
And then once you found one that fits your photo just the way you want it, all you have to do then is commit to that by either tapping the Green check mark at the bottom or you can cancel that by hitting the red X, and that will take you back out to either take another photograph, or to load another photo from your Camera Roll. So again, if you want to come in and really use the heart and soul of Instagram, that's going to be the filters here inside of the Instagram app. So, once you take a photo or load them in just explore some of these and play around with them just by tapping, and once you find the one you want, commit to that, and you're ready to share your photo with hundreds, if not thousands of people all around the world.
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