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Using the Lux feature

From: Sharing Photos with Instagram

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HDR photography or High Dynamic Range photography is all the rage nowadays, and there are a lot of different applications for Android and iOS that simulate in HDR or High Dynamic Range appearance. And inside of Instagram you actually have something that does a really decent job of simulating HDR while at the same time not overdoing it, and also adding some key detail in areas that you might want to bring out, this feature is called the Lux Effect. And the Lux Effect can only be applied to images after you've taken a photo or after you've loaded a photo into Instagram.

Using the Lux feature

HDR photography or High Dynamic Range photography is all the rage nowadays, and there are a lot of different applications for Android and iOS that simulate in HDR or High Dynamic Range appearance. And inside of Instagram you actually have something that does a really decent job of simulating HDR while at the same time not overdoing it, and also adding some key detail in areas that you might want to bring out, this feature is called the Lux Effect. And the Lux Effect can only be applied to images after you've taken a photo or after you've loaded a photo into Instagram.

So you can't do it live while you're composing the photo. However, you can apply it after the fact and it does a really decent job of making certain things pop, and increasing the colors and saturation and things like that in your photo. So in order to use this effect, you just find this little Sun icon in the bottom left-hand corner once you've composed a photo. And so once you do that, you tap that, and it's automatically applied and you'll see that it's just kind of pops in. Now on some photos it will make this look sort of hyper-realistic, and that's not really the effect that I'm going for necessarily all the time, but in some cases this works really well.

I found it works really well on night shots like of cityscapes, and buildings and things like that. It also works well on large landscape objects and scenes, but it doesn't necessarily work well with all close-up photography. It does make things pop like the leaves in a flower, and it makes the grass really neon-green and things like that, but it's not necessarily the best. Now if you combine this with some of the other effects that might tone it down a bit, then you can really start to get some interesting looks, but on its face this is what it does. The Lux Effect is just a one tap application that enhances the contrast, the saturation, and the details of an image, much the way that you would see in an HDR or High Dynamic Range photo.

So again, once you have a photo taken or loaded into Instagram, all you have to do is find this little icon in the bottom left-hand corner, tap it and it applies the Lux Effect. If you wish to remove the Lux Effect, just tap that icon again, and it goes away. So as you are editing photos, remember, it's nondestructive, you have the ability to play with all of these controls before you commit to it without any penalty. So turn this on and off as many times you want, combine it with some of the filters that are built into Instagram and you can really start to create some really awesome and creative looks on your photos.

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Sharing Photos with Instagram

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Justin Seeley
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  1. 1m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
  2. 13m 31s
    1. What is Instagram?
      1m 3s
    2. Downloading Instagram for iOS
      57s
    3. Downloading Instagram for Android
      1m 4s
    4. Signing up for an account
      1m 59s
    5. Exploring the Instagram website
      4m 18s
    6. Viewing an Instagram profile
      4m 10s
  3. 10m 19s
    1. Exploring the Instagram app
      5m 24s
    2. Taking a photo and controlling the built-in flash
      2m 46s
    3. Working with Auto Exposure and Auto Focus
      59s
    4. Using the rule of thirds grid
      1m 10s
  4. 24m 52s
    1. Opening a photo from your camera roll
      1m 3s
    2. Cropping and rotating photos
      1m 21s
    3. Applying effects to images
      3m 49s
    4. Simulating a tilt-shift lens
      1m 53s
    5. Simulating shallow depth of field
      2m 15s
    6. Using the Lux feature
      2m 16s
    7. Adding borders to your photos
      2m 20s
    8. Adding captions and location information
      2m 54s
    9. Tagging photos with hashtags
      3m 24s
    10. Saving high-resolution versions of your photos
      3m 37s
  5. 30m 13s
    1. Sharing with social networks
      5m 41s
    2. Sharing photos with Foursquare
      1m 11s
    3. Finding people to follow on Instagram
      3m 59s
    4. Unfollowing a user
      1m 38s
    5. Blocking and unblocking users
      2m 46s
    6. Liking and commenting on photos
      1m 58s
    7. Deleting comments
      2m 28s
    8. Instagram for business
      4m 29s
    9. Creating a meetup for Instagram users
      6m 3s
  6. 22m 51s
    1. Viewing Instagram photos using a web browser
      6m 14s
    2. Integrating Instagram into a website
      6m 14s
    3. Finding essential apps for Instagrammers
      1m 35s
    4. Printing Instagram photos
      1m 0s
    5. Tracking your Instagram statistics
      7m 48s
  7. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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