App of the week: Instagram

By Laura Gallagher
September 28, 2011

Instagram is a unique way to take photos on your phone and upload them to Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Tumblr, Posterous and Flickr.

It is a free app that 10 million people are using for a fun and easy way to alter photos and share them. The application is compatible with any iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 3.1.2.

There are several different effects that can be used to alter the photos to your liking. They have 11 different filters for the quality of the colors, mood, border and tonality of the picture. For example, inkwell is what makes the photo black and white and 1977 is more of a retro, vintage look.

Choosing a different filter can change the entire look and feel of the picture. This filters can be applied to the photo before taking a photo so you are sure you will nab an interesting shot.

Using each option you can tilt, blur and alter the focal point of all your photos to create your perfect final photo. Each user gets unlimited uploads.

If you choose to go public on Instagram, anyone can view your photos. There is a way to make the account private where only the people you are following will be able to view your photos.

Share your unique photos with your friends by posting them on social media sites where they can leave comments.

If you add a hashtag to a picture, like on Twitter, you can click on it after you post the picture and see who has tagged it with the same hashtag. The app works as a better option that uses your phones camera alone and can give you effects similar to those of photoshop.

Instagram is a way of expressing yourself through photography and seeing different peoples creativity as well.

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