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?

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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 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.

Take great photos with your iPhone

Here’s a photo I took the other day.  I ran it through Cross Process twice.

Using your iPhone to take pictures is obviously not the same as using a real camera. It can be awkward at times, until you get the hang of it. So how does one take a great photo with their iPhone? Here are four blogs that weigh in…

I took this at WVU the other day and uploaded it through Instagram. (I’ll be posting about them next week)

Road trip photo diary


Thomas, WV @Mountain State Brewery using Instagram

I took a road trip around West Virginia this weekend and had plenty of things to photograph. The weather was dreary, but I still managed to get some pretty great shots. Cross Process has been my favorite editing tool lately, so I’ll show you some of the photos I took using the tool.

A Morgantown building using the Camera+ app