Diptic

Diptic is one of my favorite new (to me) “editing tools” to play with. It’s one of those apps that lets you showcase multiple photos in a single slide, and Diptic is my favorite so far. It’s also fairly easy to use, gives you MANY options of how many photos you’d like on one slide, and lets you soften and color the borders. Here’s a look of some things I did while playing around with it…

#spring

#winter

#westvirginiasunsets

#morgantown

#trees

#bloom

One of the great things about Diptic is that you can upload your photos to about a billion social media sites directly from the app, including Facebook, Flickr, Posterous, Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram. Diptic has a decent sense of humor too (and is available for $0.99)…

InstaDerby

A couple of days ago, I stumble upon a site called InstaDerby – a program that encourages users to submit a photo (via Instagram) of a certain theme and then acquire as many votes as possible by sharing the photo with family and friends.

Users submit the photo with the hashtag #instaderby and the them of the week (#springtime, for example). This week’s contest is #jam… And here’s mine!

What do you think of Instaderby? How would you get people to vote for you?

Instagram for Android is finally here…

Last week, Instagram launch the highly anticipated version for Google’s Android, nearly 18 months after the app was first introduced to the iPhone app store. PCMag.com reports that the app was downloaded over one million times in less than 24 hours. You can check out their review of Android’s Instagram here.

CNN Tech reported that iPhone users took to Twitter to express concern for the app’s once iPhone-exclusive purity, noting that Twitter user @joelby1328 tweeted, “”Instagram went from a gated community to section 8 all in 1 day.”

Mashable points out that while the iPhone and Android apps sport a couple of differences, they are noticeably similar overall (the iPhone version has a tilt shift feature, with the Android version has an “advanced camera” option that lets you automatically resize a photo) . You can see Mashable’s review of the app here.

So, iPhone photographers, how do you feel? Do you feel like sharing Instagram with Android users or do you wish that it was kept exclusive to the iPhone? Have any Android users been anticipating the launch of this app? If so, what do you think?

I’ve been looking forward to finally document the early arrival of spring in Morgantown! It’s not even April yet, but temperatures broke records this week all around the state of West Virginia as well as in the rest of the southeast region. Enough yammering… Here are some photos I’ve been wanting to post all week! Enjoy the early spring.

Camera +

The Camera + app is the most popular paid app in the photography App store (sorry, that’s a lot of app’s). This makes a great app because it functions like a real digital camera. It has 48 different filters, as well as a “scenes” option like a traditional digital camera. Camera + is easy because you can shoot, edit, and save all in one app! It also has Facebook, Twitter, and flickr integration. I’ve added some photos of the filters below.

Black and White

Diana

Vibrant

Cyanotype

Sunkiss’d

Instagram Week: Day 7

Today is the last day of Instagram Week! I will leave you with the changes that were updated last Friday. Just a couple of cute new upgrades.

1. New look… Just a little simpler aesthetic.

2. A new feature called Lux. It makes your photos a little brighter. Here’s a before and after.

Before:

After:

3. And finally, a new filter called Sierra. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I’ll post as soon as I do! This one is from the Instagram blog:

Happy Instagramming!

Instagram Week: Day 6

So Instagram has a Tumblr blog, and it’s pretty cool. One of the downsides to the app is that the photos are so small! You can’t just click on a picture you like and make it bigger, but the blog showcases amazing photos in a larger format.

They always feature photos from the week and here is one of my favorites, taken by rchptch:

The blog also picks random events from the week (like a freeze in Europe) and showcase user’s photos.

My favorite is their weekend #hashtag project. Follow along, use the hashtag, and you could be featured in their gallery (Obviously another way to gain followers).

Follow along on their RSS feed.

Instagram released a new update on Friday with some new features, so that’s what we’ll cover tomorrow!

Instagram Week: Day 3

The Popular page! The Instagram’s popular page is confusing, but I’ll do my best to explain it. It’s one of the features on the app that showcases 32 of the most popular photos on Instagram at that very moment. It’s kind of like Twitter’s “Trending Topics”. Here’s what it looks like from my phone:

The confusing part is that it doesn’t seem to have a formula to it. It’s not based on “likes” or views. Here’s what Instagram’s blog says:

In other words, WHAT THE? In order to find out more, I did some research. Apparently I’m not the only one to think, WHAT THE? Chris Smith at appdaptation came up with some rules, which I still don’t quite understand. If anyone has photos that are frequented on the popular page, please let me know how it works. Until then, I will just have to be at peace with the popular page.

To leave you on a positive note, ReadWriteWeb offers 6 effective ways to get more Instagram followers. Good luck!

Tomorrow: Geotagging! Stay tuned.

Instagram Week: Day 2

Yesterday we covered the basics of Instagram (Check out the web version at Webstagram). Today we’ll go over filters…

Instagram offers different vintage filters. Most of the time, I like to edit photos in other apps and THEN upload to Instagram, but sometimes the filters can make your photos turn out pretty cool. Here is a photo I took out my window this morning (I apologize for the gloom and doom… it’s yucky outside today). Click on an image you like to see the name of the filter.

My personal favorite is “Hefe” because it makes the colors so deep and bright. What’s your favorite Instagram filter?

Coming up for tomorrow… The ever confusing and complex Instagram popular page. STAY TUNED.

Instagram Week: Day 1

It’s Instagram week! For the next week I’m going to be talking ONLY about Instagram, because there is A LOT to talk about. I’m not quite sure why it’s taken me so long to talk about Instagram. Perhaps since it plays such a big role in the world of iPhone photography, it has seemed like a daunting task. But the time has come. INSTAGRAM. (And it’s free!)

Today will be a meet and greet. Here we go…

I’m fairly new to the Instagram app, but it’s been around for about a year and a half now, which is basically forever in app years. I would describe it as a social media platform where users can upload a photo to their feed. That’s pretty much the gist of it. Now, before you upload the photo to the your feed, you can choose from 11 different “vintage” filters, use a geotag location, and have the photo simulaniously uploaded to your Facebook, Twitter, Email, Tumblr, Foursquare, and Posterous. You can also use hashtags to describe what’s in your photo (#trees and #clouds are my personal favorite). You can also “like” other people’s photos.

One a personal note, I have really had a lot of fun with this app. To be completely honest, it’s what sparked my newfangled passion for iPhone photography. I feel like I’ve developed my own personal style, and it’s cool to see what others are doing and learning different techniques and filters. It makes me feel like a real artist. Sort of. So, it’s pretty simple and easy to use. Here’s a look at my profile page. If you’re following along at home, my handle is @youlittlebeauty.

 

Later this week: Instagram Filters, the “Popular” page, Geotagging, Liking and Commenting, and the Instagram blog. In the meantime, what’s your Instagram handle? I want to know! And please, STAY TUNED.