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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.
Taking photos has become an everyday part of my life. I love sharing things about places I visit and people I meet. That's what makes Instagram so great. No matter where I am, I can just get out my phone, snap a few photos, and share them with family, friends, or anyone else around the world. Let's take this cafe for example. Stopped in to grab a bite to eat recently and while I was sitting there at the table, I noticed these cool little place settings that they had set out and thought, "Hey, that'd make for a pretty neat little shot." So I took out my camera and composed a few. The Instagram app is really easy to use as you can see. Everything you need to snap a really cool photo is right there at your disposal.
You can turn borders on and off for each photo you take, you can control camera flash settings like setting it to Automatic or even turning it off. This button here controls the various Blur settings, which allows you to go in and add Depth of Field and even set focal points for your photos. The best part of taking a photo with this app though has to be the live filters. Just tap on the Filters button here to see a scrolling list of all the filters. Once you got your shot looking just the way you want it, just tap the Shutter button and you'll get the shot. I always take a moment to review the shot before I commit to it. Once I'm happy with the results, I hit the checkmark and then head over to the sharing screen which allows me to type out a description for the shot, add tags, location data, and even share it with friends on various social networks.
When I'm all done, I tap the Share button and Instagram post my new photo to the Instagram news feed for everyone to see. It's that simple. Like I said, I'm constantly taking photos of things I find interesting, and Instagram gives me a quick and easy way of customizing my photos and sharing them with friends. I love having the ability to compose a shot, adjust the Focal Point and Depth of Field, and apply a filter all from within one window. That makes the processing workflow so much more streamlined. And being able to share photos so quickly is a real plus.
Most of the time I'm in a hurry and just want to post something as fast as I can. Instagram actually uploads your photos in the background while you're editing and adding caption info, so when you're ready to share it, it's pretty much automatic, making it easy to move on to the next shot. When you're taking photos, try to position yourself at different angles and use different focal points and Exposure settings. This can help you take an ordinary object like a salt and pepper shaker and turn into a really interesting photo that you might want to share with your friends. And as you can see, it's pretty simple to do just that with a few quick taps of your finger.
Again, the filters are your best friend when using Instagram. They allow you to set the mood and tone of your photos. Take some time to look at your photo with each one of the filters that are available and find the one that you like the best. Then just type out your description, choose your sharing options, and let the world enjoy your work. Mobile photography is quickly becoming a normal part our lives, and with apps like Instagram it's easy to see why. It's fast, it's fun, and it's really easy to use once you get the hang of it.
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