Today has been crazy, starting and continuing with sneezing fits, two very successful trainings, and finally ending with an evening alone at home surrounded by kleenex… laptop working away.
This week I finally discovered yet another social networking site, Instagram and thought I would share my opinions… and why it has taken me so long to get with the program.
Instagram is a Social Networking site for sharing photos. It is App-based, which means it works best with your phones and tablets.
It also has a photo-editor in it, so you can take your rather boring photo and put a filter on it so it appears Sepia, Black and White, or 70s, or other color and lighting enhancements.
You can share with friends, share with Facebook, Share with everyone!
Now… if it’s so cool… why has it taken me over a year to finally use it?
When Instagram first came out and Facebook was flooded with all these retro pictures, I’ll admit that my Photoshop-using self got a little snotty, like, why would I use another program to put a filter on a picture when I can do it myself. And do it better in Photoshop. hmph.
Right. Cause that’s constructive.
And also because I am not a photographer, nor do I profess to be.
So yet another site to store my photos, highlighting ONLY photos? … just didn’t seem like something for me.
But then last week, I had a bit of a lightbulb….. I am stuck in a rut. I am not moving forward with apps and programs and technology. I am becoming one of those people that feels like just because it’s the way I learned how to do it, it must be the best/only way to do it.
What it does:
- It empowers people like me, who are not photographers, to share their photographs with the world. Because these easy-to-use filters can make just about any picture look better.
- It allows you to show pictures, and only pictures, without elaborate stories. You don’t have to post to Facebook, do you not have to blog, you do not have to say anything. It’s just a picture
- Upload a picture taken from your camera – or TAKE a picture within the Instagram app.
- With 1-2-3 button clicks, your photo is rotated, cropped, filtered, and you can add a frame on it.
- One more button and your image is Shared on to Instagram. One more, and it’s on Facebook.
- SO EASY it’s scary!
- Share with your friends. Your friends comment and LIKE. And you pass around the love.
What it doesn’t do:
- Instagram is not invasive. It doesn’t take over your camera or your photos. You Are Not Required to use it.
- It does not link to your computer. While there is a computer version, it does not allow you access to images saved on your computer
- However, you can email yourself a photo, Open your email on your phone and save the picture to your camera roll, and then access in to Instagram.
- It does not “organize” your photos. There are no folders or any other way to file your photos, except they are uploaded in order by date.
- It DOES send your photos to Facebook – if you so desire. It does not allow you to choose the folder to put them in, if you use Facebook folders. All photos sent via Instagram go in to an “Instagram” folder — so if you’re an organizational NUT like me, this is an issue. but that’s probably just me
- It does not allow you to download other people’s photos. You’d have to go to their Facebook page (if they uploaded it there) and snag it from there.
So….. if you haven’t downloaded Instagram to your phone, DO IT! It’s fun!
It’s what I’m doing tonight.