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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.
At first glance it might not appear that you can control exposure and focus with your mobile phone. After all, there's really nothing on your screen that indicates you can do that. But in iOS if you tap and hold on location while you are composing a shot, you'll notice a quick little burst from the Focus target that indicates you are locking focus and exposure to that point. You'll also notice that the scene can change dramatically by doing this. When I ran across this cool fountain in the cafe that day, I was able to quickly change the look and mood of the shot simply by locking the exposure and focus to different locations around the fountain.
Notice as I move back to the table and tab to focus on the background, the shot gets darker and if I tap on the glass itself, the shot gets even darker, which is what I wanted for this particular shot. Once I'm happy with it, I snap the photo and move on to the next one. Once I've got my shots with the proper exposure and focus, I'm ready to take them all into Instagram for more processing.
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