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How to use Instagram - 16 awesome tips and tricks

 They say: 'you can't teach an old dog new tricks' but that is definitely not true in my case.
 Once we get past our pig-headed, stubbornness, we old dogs are teachable and will often embrace new ideas with enthusiasm that borders on zealotry!
 I am old school. I grew up and made my living with film cameras and couldn't guess how many rolls of film I've shot in the past 35 years.
 Even when the newspapers and magazines I worked for, switched to digital cameras, I resisted for years and when smartphones arrived sporting cameras, I dismissed them as 'toys'.
 And I couldn't see the point of Instagram but I've had to eat my words!
 I now embrace iPhone photography and love Instagram where instant feedback is addictive.
 The turning point was Time Magazine's coverage of Hurricane Sandy. The publication commissioned five photographers — Michael Christopher Brown, Benjamin Lowy, Ed Kashi, Andrew Quilty and Stephen Wilkes — to document, using Instagram, Hurricane Sandy as it struck the Eastern seaboard of the US. The results and news-immediacy were staggering. In the space of a few hours, TIME's Instagram account gained hundreds of thousands of followers.
 I figured, if the titans of journalism were using it, I need to be more open-minded.
 Instagram is a free photo-sharing application that lets users capture photos and share them on popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Tumblr. Instagram was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger and launched in October 2010. It quickly gained popularity, attracting more than 100 million active users by the time it was acquired by Facebook in April of 2012, for $1 billion in cash and stock. The user base has since grown to over 300 million. Instagram can be downloaded from the App Store, Google Play and Windows Phone Store.
 It is unashamedly designed to be a mobile platform. You cannot load photos from your desktop PC onto your Instagram account but, once loaded from your tablet or smartphone, you can view them on your desktop.
 I hated that. I liked to shoot with a DSLR and post-process the images with GIMP. Instagram's restriction meant I had to email the final images to my cellphone before I could upload them. It was just not worth the hassle. But that changed when I got an iPhone and saw how, what took me ages in Photoshop or GIMP, could be accomplished in mere seconds on the phone. Instantly Instagram was cool and useful.
 Many new cameras now come equipped with wifi, allowing images to be transferred to mobile phones or tablets and, for those that don't, wifi-equipped SD memory cards do the same thing. I have no experience with either.
 Instagram is generally easy to use but there are a few tips and tricks that are useful, whether you are a beginner or an advanced Instagrammer. In an article published in Digital Trends, titled "16 Instagram tips and tricks you can’t afford to miss", Karen Tumbokon, presents a complete Instagram walk-through anyone will easily understand and follow.
 Topics include:
  •     How to get started
  •     How to perfect your photos
  •     How to tag people
  •     How to mention other Instagrammers
  •     How to like photos and videos
  •     How to make your photos and videos private
  •     How to link Instagram to your social media accounts
  •     How to record video on Instagram
  •     How to embed your photos on the Web
  •     How to add to your photo map
  •     How to remove photos you’re tagged in
  •     How to use popular hashtags
  •     How to use Instagram on the Web
  •     How to get featured by Instagram
  •     How to share GIFs on Instagram
  •     How to apply a border to your photo

 This is an article well-worth reading. If you are interested in following me on Instagram you can find me as @hungryoke

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Street photography with iPhone. iphoneography

Street photography with iPhone. iphoneography
 
Street photography with iPhone. iphoneography
 

The above images were posted to Instagram directly from my smartphone, after being "post-processed" in the phone, on the spot.

 

 

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