Instagram – A Dummies’ Guide

Ever wanted to replicate that romantic vintage-camera look without the process of film development? Instagram is a mobile phone app available for Apple and Android users that allows you to add filters to any photo in your Picture Library from your mobile phone. The App takes away all the effort that once existed in Photo editing software, and allows you to create dynamic and unique photographs with the tap of your finger. Glazing over the aesthetics of modern technology by taking a step back in time, the photo filters offer a selection of discoloured and light-washed effects, including Black & White Photography and Sepia-tone Photography.

The innovative App makes it ever so easy to transform any photograph on your iPhone of Android device to a time long forgotten. Later developments with Instagram now makes sharing your finished products via social media easier than ever before. Once you’ve chosen your desired effect and are happy with it, you can directly share the photo to various social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Email, Flickr & Foursquare, with the option to add your location, tag other people in your photo and add it to your Photo Map. You can find friends who are also users of Instagram through Email or Facebook to follow and start sharing your photos with.

Hash-tagging is popular amongst the vast community of Instagrammers, adding hash-tags to your photo makes it easy for other people to search for pictures associated with keywords through hash-tags, regardless of whether you’re following each other.

The basic layout of the timeline provides easy browsing of other users’ photos, captions and hash-tags. There’s an option to ‘Heart’ and comment on your friends and family’s photos, and the app has been described as the missing visual link between Facebook and Twitter.

One of the great things about Instagram is that you can download it completely free from the App Store or Android Market, and you can find similar additional apps to support it, like InstaCollage, which allows the user to make a collage of their Instagram photos, again sharable on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc.

The latest development in Instagram is the Video feature; you can now apply the same filters to your video clips as you can to your photographs. You can choose any video from your video library and start cutting and editing the filters to suit your tastes.


Here are the list of filters available on Instagram that can be applied to your photos:

  • Normal
  • X-Pro II
  • Earlybird
  • Lomo-fi
  • Sutro
  • Toaster
  • Brannan
  • Valencia
  • Inkwell
  • Walden
  • Hefe
  • Nashville
  • 1977
  • Lord Kelvin


How do I get it?

You can download your own version of Instagram to your Apple or Android device by visiting the App store here:

Or by visiting the Android store here:

Follow them on Twitter for updates here:

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