It wasn’t too long ago that I was pining for an iPhone just so I could use Instagram, the popular photo-sharing, vintage-filter app. Now Android users get to enjoy in the fun, too. (What a relief, because I could never ditch Android!)
I know this is old news by now, overshadowed by Facebook’s purchase of Instagram last week, but I’d like to share my experience with this fun app. It came out a few days before my brief trip to Las Vegas, so I knew I’d have some fun things to test it out on.
When I first arrived in Vegas, I used Instagram more readily than my Canon 40D. I was still warming up to what felt like a foreign land, a different planet. Plus, I enjoyed sharing photos quickly and experimenting with all the different filters. Eventually I started using my Canon 40D in conjunction with Instagram.
To use Instagram, open the app and press the camera button, which will give you the option to take a photo with your phone’s native camera app, or grab a photo from your phone’s photo gallery. Once you have your image, you’ll crop it into a square, choose your filter and/or effects, then write a caption and choose where to share (Twitter, Facebook, etc.). That’s it! Fun and easy.
The best part of Instagram is that it quickly turns mundane cell phone images into pretty photos, and makes sharing those photos—and discovering other people’s fun photos—really easy. You can easily scroll through a feed of photos posted by the people you follow, view popular images, or check out the photos your friends have liked. I’ve found so many great photographers just playing around on the app.
You can download Instagram for Android here. Follow me! My Instagram username is roxannecooke.
For a list of other popular mobile camera apps for both Android and iPhone, check out my post on taking photos with a mobile phone camera.