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I’ve decided to start a series of articles about iPhoneography and my favorite photo apps for my iPhone. For this first issue, its all about Instagram. It’s insta-awesome. Ista-fun. And FREE. Boom. You can’t beat that, right?

Iphone anyone? Oh wait, a droid? Now instagram is available for android phones but from what i hear, its limited in the number of filters. So, for those who dont know what instagram is, where have you been? Its been my addiction for a couple years now. Its an iphone photo app (and now a version for android phones). It’s actually more than just a photo app. It’s a photo social media app. Think twitter, but with photos instead of tweets. That doesnt even capture it completely. Think twitter, with an button for instant translation into nerd speak, or hipster slang. Basically, take iphone photos into instagram, apply one of many cool funky filters or editing effects, then add to the Instagram world feed of streaming photos. Its social in that you can browse other people’s photos and “like” them, comment on them, and even follow other users so their photos show up in your instagram feed.

So, how does instagram work? I can only speak for iPhones because, well, I use iPhones. It’s a free app in the App Store. If you don’t have it, then stop right now, go to the App Store, and download it. I promise, you”ll kiss me for this advice. Once you download the app, you need to set up your account. It’s the usual stuff, username, real name, email, etc. it’s always nice to look at someone when you interact with them online, so add your profile photo. If you don’t have one, simply hold your phone out, and snap a self portrait of yourself right now ūüôā

So, now what? Well, you start by taking a photo (or using a photo from your camera library on your iPhone). I prefer to take a photo with my normal camera app that comes standard with my iphone5, but taking the picture within the Instagram app would save a step. Instagram is based on square format images, so if you are using a photo taken with the phone (not within Instagram) then it won’t be square, so you’ll first have to size and crop the image. I’ll use an iphone photo of leaves as an example. Open Instagram and choose your photo from your camera’s photostream. You’ll now have the image in the SCALE & CROP screen.

image of Instagram cropping screen and picture of fall leaves

choose your image and crop to your liking.

Just use your fingers to drag the square around until you are happy with it. You can make the square smaller, wich will zoom in on the photo. Once you’re happy with the crop of the image, click on NEXT.

You’ll now see your image cropped square, with a bunch of little thumbnails below (or on the side if holding your phone in landscape orientation). Each one of those thumbnails is a different filter, adding a different effect to your image. You can click on them and see how it alters your image. Here are examples of my favorite filters: Amaro, lo- fi, and earlybird.

comparison of 3 different Instagram filters on a photo

a comparison of my three favorite instagram filters on the leaf picture

There are a few little icons that also do cool nifty awesomeness to your photos. The little diamond with the circle -arrow around it will turn the photo 90ňö. The little frame will remove any border or frame that is included in the filter. The droplet will allow you to add a blur to the image. There are 2 types of blur: one is a circle in focus and the rest out of focus, and the other is a straight section across the image that is in focus. Use your fingers to pinch the focus area smaller, move it to a different position, or enlarge the transition between focus and blur. Finally, the little sun with black and white center will increase contrast and definition. Play around with them and see what you think.

Once you have finished choosing your filter, click NEXT. That will bring up a screen where you can add a caption. most people add some sort of description, or saying, or something to go along with the image. You can hashtag as well to help people find the image by searching. Think of hashtaging (#) as a file folder label. You can add as many as you want. You can also add them later in additional comments to the image. There are various other settings here. You can also post directly to your facebook page, tumblr page, Flickr, etc.

instagram image of colorful leaves, using Lo_fi filter.

finished image, using Lo-Fi filter

Instagram has helped me be more creative in my regular work. It’s given me the freedom to be less than perfect and still have fun. They are only iPhone pictures afteral. No pressure. They don’t need to be well edited. I have to think about what I want to create and think how I can do that within the confine of an iPhone. Browse through instagram and youll see that photographic art is not about big fancy expensive cameras, but about the eye and creativity of the artist.

If you’re not on instagram, you should be. It’s free. It’s fun. It makes your Iphone happy.

You can find me (and follow me) on Instagram under the name Rocktog.

 

  • April 29, 2013 - 2:18 pm

    Dave Brown - Great advice for the newbies. Great idea for a post.

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The first installment of Fine Art Friday in 2013 is titled Thunderdome and takes us to the Capital building in Washington DC. While the debates, arguments, and feuds that thrive within this building seem ugly at times, it is the search for common ground and compromise that is an essential part of our government. The peaceful serene image hides the thunder dome cage match that that has been taking place inside.

US Capital building in washington DC at sunset from President Obama

 

 

I’m part of a small group of professional female photographers who are committed to exploring and showcasing their own fine art photography. You should hop over to¬†check out the awesome¬†Britt Anderson, North Shore Photographer¬†to check out her Fine Art showcase this month, and then complete the circle by clicking through to the link at the end. ¬†In case you missed them, you can see last months edition of Fine Art Friday from Seattle Washington.

To purchase this print, visit the Fine Art Print Shop.

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  • January 25, 2013 - 9:24 am

    Glenn - wow. this is a perfect moment.

  • January 25, 2013 - 9:26 am

    Josh - lol it does look peaceful looks can be deceiving

  • January 25, 2013 - 9:27 am

    Annette Jones - adore this one. you captured beautiful color. what were your settings on tis image? what lens did you use?

  • January 25, 2013 - 9:30 am

    Paul Dyer - I really like ow serene it looks. Never gotten to DC yet but its on my list. Someday. I have the feeling I could spend a month photographing architecture.

  • January 25, 2013 - 10:58 am

    gaz - lovely dear. perfection as always.x.

  • January 25, 2013 - 11:59 am

    Amy Shertzer - Wow! The color and composition are fantastic. And I love the layers of texture you created with the branches. . . such a beautiful and powerful image!

  • January 25, 2013 - 12:13 pm

    Carol - very nice. beautiful composition. well done.

  • January 25, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    Cheree Federico - What a great way to think of the dome! The colors are a perfect compliment to the dark trees and branches. Very peaceful image, Leigh Ann.

  • January 25, 2013 - 6:29 pm

    tracy - That does look peaceful. I love the colors of the sky. Gorgeous!

  • January 27, 2013 - 11:55 pm

    Emily - Lovely!

  • January 28, 2013 - 7:45 am

    Jerry Saltz - This is fantastic. I enjoy seeing you work with color.

  • January 28, 2013 - 4:05 pm

    Frank - This is great.

  • January 29, 2013 - 5:08 pm

    J&J - Love it. It reminds me of a painting I have.

  • January 30, 2013 - 3:40 pm

    Thom - I bet that was a cool experience. Do you shoot for an agency? You get to be at some very cool events around the world. Just curious how you manage that.

  • January 30, 2013 - 3:42 pm

    Thom - Almost forgot. I saw your stuff for Vans. Cool.

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Its hard to believe that it’s been 4 years since President Obama was first sworn into office. The inauguration today, 2013, took me back to the events 4 years ago in Washington DC when I documented the inauguration. It was a cold, emotional, feet numbing, heart warming day. I remember the bone chilling cold. Seriously, I was not outfitted for such cold, wearing jeans, running shoes, and several layers of sweaters, scarves,and gloves. I remember walking, and walking, and walking, in that bitter cold, being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of people. And the people, old, young, were all filled with excitement for what this moment meant in the history of our country. I remember the kindness offered by total strangers, and despite tired and cold masses of people, we all were extending hands to each other. While I know not everyone agrees with the politics of Obama, then or now, I think everyone can agree what it meant to swear in the first person of color as our President. I meant that all people could conceivably dream of holding the highest office. it meant that parents of children from all walks of life could picture their child in places they never dreamed of before.

Watch the slideshow of images that document some of that day.

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  • January 25, 2013 - 9:31 am

    Paul Dyer - I can’t stop watching this.

  • January 25, 2013 - 9:35 am

    Glenn - thanks for showing this again. it was a memorable day. these are awesome shots. didn’t some appear in newsweek or something? i vaguely remember something abl=out that. anyways, you rock as always.

  • January 25, 2013 - 9:36 am

    Annette Jones - im addicted to this. the muic is perfect! I’m off to check out that band. thanks.

  • January 25, 2013 - 11:02 am

    gaz - my heart fills all over again watching. x

  • January 29, 2013 - 5:07 pm

    Frank - That is awesome that you were there. Cool.

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The final Fine Art feature of 2012 is titled “Magic.” While in Seattle photographing a 4 day event, I had the chance to tour the new Chihuly Garden and Glass. I’ve been a fan of his work for many years as my father had been a big glass art collector and had many large Chihuly pieces in his home. They were gorgeous. I have my own Chihuly pieces and original paintings. So this new gallery and exhibit was one of the highlights of my time in Seattle. If you’re ever in Seattle, head to the Seattle Center and go to the Chihuly Garden & Glass. You wont be disappointed.

award-winning-durham-photographer-chihuly-glass

 

I’m part of a small group of professional female photographers who are committed to exploring and showcasing their own fine art photography. You should hop over to¬†check out the awesome New Hampshire Photographer Beth Philcrantz,¬†to check out her Fine Art showcase this month, and then complete the circle by clicking through to the link at the end. ¬†In case you missed them, you can see a previous editions of Fine Art Friday featuring images from London, click here
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To purchase this print, visit the Fine Art Print Shop.

Durham North Carolina Fine Art Photography                   Durham North Carolina Music Photography                 Durham North Carolina Beloved portraits

 

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  • December 28, 2012 - 9:23 pm

    Kay Pickens - Love, love Chihuly’s work. This is such a great shot of it! Jealous you own some!

  • December 29, 2012 - 11:52 am

    Tracy - Wow! This is gorgeous. I love the color and shapes.

  • January 25, 2013 - 8:14 am

    Thunderdome :: NC Fine Art hotography - […] I’m part of a small group of professional female photographers who are committed to exploring and showcasing their own fine art photography. You should hop over to¬†check out the awesome¬†Cheree Federico | Fine Art Photography¬†to check out her Fine Art showcase this month, and then complete the circle by clicking through to the link at the end. ¬†In case you missed them, you can see last months edition of Fine Art Friday from Seattle Washington. […]

  • January 25, 2013 - 10:56 am

    Glenn - cool. almost looks like its moving.

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