Instagram Photography – Making iPhone Photos Sexy

If you follow me on Twitter or we are friends on Facebook, you may know that I have recently started to post pictures to the web using a service called Instagram.  While it’s been around for a few months, I avoided the service until recently because I just didn’t think I had time to try a new photo sharing service.  Already having photos on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Smug Mug – I didn’t need anything more.

During my current sabbatical in Washington, DC, I decided to make time for some of the things that I had neglected the past several months/years.  Things like personal blogging and my website in general.  I also got caught up on reading and started playing around with applications that I had downloaded to my phone and iPad, but don’t use very often.

Sunset on the Lake

Sunset on the Lake

This is when I fell in love with the simplicity and elegance of Instagram as a photo sharing service.  While I’m not a professional photographer, I feel like I take very good photos with my Canon Powershot G12 camera.  This is due to my college training from professional mentors.

The problem is that I don’t always have my G12 with me at all times and I need to revert to using my iPhone to snap pictures.  While the iPhone is an excellent camera, it’s not quite good enough to use for prints. As such, I find myself questioning why I should take a photo at all if it’s not the best quality.

This is where Instagram comes in as the savior.  The whole point isn’t to take the best possible photo, but rather to embrace the average quality of these photos and make them feel exceptional by applying filters to make the photos take on a retro-feel.

Instagram even makes Blogging look cool

Instagram even makes Blogging look cool

The way it works is simple: all you need to do is take a picture with your phone and add it to instagram.  From there you apply one of several filters (about 20 total) in order achieve the look you desire for your photo.  From my experience, there are at least 1-2 filters that make just about any photo look great – anything from black and white to sepia to color enhancements.

The app allows you to add a caption for the image and upload it to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  The whole process takes about 5 minutes to set up the first time, then about 30 seconds to get a photo uploaded after that.

I have been having a lot of fun using Instagram on my trip to DC and plan to use it more moving forward.  I am also investigating WordPress plugins that I can use to automatically add these photos to the blog as well.

Have you tried Instagram?  If so, what do you think?  Enjoy some of my photos from the weekend!

'Merica

'Merica (American Flag, WW2 Memorial and Washington Monument in same frame)

Grand Finale in Alexandria, VA

Grand Finale in Alexandria, VA

The set from my favorite Wesley Snipes movie - Murder at 1600

The set from my favorite Wesley Snipes movie - Murder at 1600

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Comments

  1. First of all…. yay for a blog makeover after too many years!! lol
    I do not have a smartphone YET (hoping for iPhone 5 in Sept) but this seems like a cool app for camera photos. I would still probably only use my big daddy SLR