Xmas App: Instagram

You may have seen our recent post about Instagram, a popular photo sharing social network for iPhone users. With Christmas fast approaching we thought it time to give you a rundown of the hottest photography app for the iPhone (and now Android too) so you can capture your Christmas snaps in style!

Even though Instagram has only been around for little over a year, it has already amassed twenty seven million users and two versions.  

Instagram  uses camera company Lomography’s vision to ‘shoot from the hip’ and brings it to life online through social network features.   Instagram has taken popular elements of Facebook and Twitter to become a social experience. Your friends can like your pictures, comment on them and you can leave replies to individuals by mentioning their username . You can also hashtag your images around a certain theme. 

Instagram allows you to share your photos to other social networks, including Facebook and Twitter

One reason Instagram is so popular is its incredible versatility. At current count there are 15 different filters, ranging from “1977” and “Lomo-fi”, giving your images a range of effects from bold colorings to subtle highlights and overtones. It’s like having 15 different cameras in your pocket, which, let’s face it, wouldn’t be very comfortable. 

Instagram is so great because it’s very simple to use.  It’s part and parcel of a device users already own and use constantly. There’s no fiddly changing of your camera’s film, instead with Instagram you just point, shoot and then select the filter as you want it to appear over your photo. 

You can take photos within the app, or select from your photo gallery - allowing you to download photos from your digital camera and attach Instagram’s filters. 

To sign up, go to the app store and download onto your iPhone/Android and click ‘sign up’. Enter your details, and you’re away. From here, you can search for friends, or import them from Facebook and Twitter. Then, just explore! The “Popular” section is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the community and find people to follow. 

If you really start to develop the Instagram bug, the next place to visit is http://instagramers.comInstagramers is a worldwide community with over 220 fan groups across the world in many cities, so you’ll be sure to find a group in your own country. Instagramers regularly set creative challenges and competitions, keeping you occupied long after the initial excitement has worn off!