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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.
One of the more interesting things about the Instagram application is the fact you can't really crop an image after it's loaded into the Instagram application. So when you launch the app and take a photo, the window in which you are composing that photo is actually the crop of the photo as well. The only way to actually gain control over the crop setting of a photograph is to take it outside of Instagram using another application and then load it in via your Camera Roll. So just finding a photo and then bringing it in and then you'll get to this Move and Scale dialog box here where you can then Move and Scale the photo around.
This is essentially like cropping it. And you get to crop it in this square aspect ratio like you see, and once you hit Choose that determines the actual crop of the image. Now if you wanted to rotate this photo what you would do then is simply come up to the top and find this little Arrow icon and by tapping it once that rotates it, and you'll notice each and every time you rotate it, it's rotating it 90 degrees to the left. You don't get a real fine level of control here. So don't expect to be able to adjust horizon lines or anything like that with the Instagram app; you want to use other applications for that.
But using this will give you a good, easy access to a 90 degree rotation always in a counterclockwise fashion, and then once you have that photo rotated and cropped like you like it, you're ready to then start applying filters or blurs and then share it with the world.
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