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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.
In photography there are many ways to compose a great shot. One of the easiest ways to ensure a good composition however, is to use a system known as the Rule of Thirds. The Rule of Thirds states that by using a 3x3 grid to compose your photos and lining up the points of interest with the intersecting lines of that grid, you will in theory create better compositions. You'll actually have to leave Instagram for this one and launch your native iOS Camera app. At the top, you'll see an Options button which you can tap and reveal an option called Grid. Turning this on enables a 3x3 grid, which you can use to better compose your mobile photos.
Once it's activated, you'll see the grid appear on your screen like this. In this shot I'm trying to get interesting pieces of the fountain to line up with intersecting points on the grid. This is to draw the eye into these spots and make it a more interesting photo in theory. I always like to move around and get more than one shot at different points on the grid. This allows me to have several options to choose from later and I can select the one that is the most interesting of all of them and then process and share that using Instagram. Like I said, grids are a great way to teach yourself how to compose a shot and using them is only going to enhance the overall quality of the shots that you take.
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