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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.
The Instagram application is actually pretty simple and there's not that many places to go but it helps to know what all of these different tabs mean before you get going so that you know where we are at any given time during the course, and you also know where to find the necessary tools that you'll need while creating and sharing photos on Instagram. When you first launch the application you're brought to this tab here with the Home icon indicating that this is your Home screen; this is where all of the information that you send to Instagram and other people send to Instagram are aggregated into a news feed that you can browse. You can scroll through the different photographs that are here to see what other people are posting to Instagram as well as see the photos that you post to Instagram as well.
You have the ability to like and comment on photos as well as tap this Ellipses icon to get extra sharing options as well. You can also on other people's photos choose to report it as inappropriate or cancel. Finding one of your photos and tapping on it will allow you to share that photo, copy and share the URL, or even email the photo to someone else. The second tab is called the Explore tab. The Explore tab replaces a tab that was once called the What's Popular tab. This still shows the What's Popular photos on Instagram, meaning the most popular shots that are currently being displayed on the system.
You can browse through the most popular shots just by flicking through like this, and you can also browse Users or Hashtags up here at the top as well. So if I wanted to search the hashtag facesoflynda, I could type that out, hit Search, and then once I tap on that result it would show me all of the photos that are related to the hashtag for facesoflynda. I can go back to the Explore tab and I can also search Users. So let's say I wanted to find myself. Type in my name, hit Search, and there I am in the search results.
I can then click on it and it takes me to that profile. So if you're looking for a specific user or a specific topic, the Explore tab makes it easy to find both of those. If you don't want to search for Users or Hashtags you can simply use this as the "What's Popular Tab" to view the most popular shots currently being displayed on Instagram. The middle tab shown here is the Camera tab and this is where you actually go to take a photo inside of Instagram. We'll be exploring this in depth in its own movie a little bit later on. Right over here on the right, this is going to be what I call the News tab. This is also where you're going to see updates when people like or comment on your photos, and so by default it's going to take you to this Following tab.
This is going to tell you something about all the people that you're following. So for instance you can see when people follow other people, you can see here when people post new photos, you can see when they like a photo, when they comment on a photo, you can see all of this from within this tab. It's sort of like an overarching view of your whole Instagram community in one succinct location. You can also tap on the News tab which will tell you things about your photos. So if someone liked your photo, or if they commented on your photo, you'll see all of this here. You'll also see when people started following you and also you can see when your Facebook friends-- if you have Instagram hooked to Facebook-- you can see when they join Instagram so that you can then tap on that and follow their profile instantaneously.
It's really a great way to discover what's happening in the Instagram community and connect with new people as well. The final tab is at the bottom-right, and that's going to be your Profile tab. That's going to take you to the Profile section of you; where you can see your photo, you can see all of the photos you've posted, you can see how many people you're following, how many people follow you, you can also edit your profile by tapping here, and changing any of the profile information in this screen. Click Submit at the bottom in order to submit that back and make the change. Once you do that you can return back here. You're able to view all of your photos in a grid like this, or in a real streamlined view, like so.
You can also-- if I scroll back up to the top-- check out something called your Photo Map, and the Photo Map is really cool. If you share your Geolocation and we're going to talk a lot about Geolocation in another movie, but if you share your location with the photos you post to Instagram and you choose to put them on your Photo Map you get this really nice representation of where your photos are taken. So like if I zoom in here around the place where I live you can see all the different locations of the areas where I've been taking photos, which is pretty neat. And you can tap on those photos and it will actually show you the photos that were taken in a certain location and it's really cool.
So if you travel a lot for business or you take a lot of vacations or something like that, you can see photos from all over the world based on the Geolocation that's added to the metadata of the photo as you take it. So the Photo Map is a relatively new feature to Instagram but it's also one of my favorites. You tap on your username to take you back out to your profile, and you can always tap the Home button to go back to your original news feed. If you scroll through your news feed-- like you see here I have scrolled through a few times-- you can tap the Home button again and that takes you all the way back up to the top.
If you'd like to refresh your news feed to see if anybody has posted anything new, tap this little button in the top right-hand corner, that refreshes the news feed, goes out and gathers any new post from the people you follow, and it will display them in line with the rest of them here. So as you can see the Instagram application while it's not complicated, it does give you instant access to all of the most important features of the service and I really like this small sleek package that it comes in and it makes it so easy to use. There's only five things that you can tap on in this application, making it one of the simplest but also probably one of the most powerful photo sharing apps that's out there today.
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