I admit it. Most of the time when I see a new artsy technique that I think is cool, I become somewhat obsessed. This can be proven by looking at my extensive array of beads, polymer clays, paper, acrylic paints, rubber stamps...(or by seeing my debit card statements that are plastered with charges made at art and craft supply stores). The iPhone app Instagram is no exception to my obsessive tendencies. It is just fantastic. I love taking pictures, but since I don't have the greatest camera in the world I would always take them, download them to my computer, edit the begeezus out of them in Photoshop, figure out where I want to share them, then wait for them to upload on my website of choice. All of these steps add up to a nice big chunk of time! Then one of my Facebook friends recommended downloading Instagram when I asked about 'must have apps' for my new iPhone. I had never heard of it but I trusted her recommendation and downloaded it.
You can make your pictures look SO cool just by using the few options they offer. It is so simple! Here are the steps (there may be more options than I am aware of but this is how I do it):
- Take a picture with your iPhone or choose one from your gallery
- Crop it
- Decide whether you want a frame or not (press the square icon)
- Decide whether you want to blur some of it or not (press the drop icon)
- Choose one of 12 or so filters that makes your photo look vintage and cool
- Write a caption
- Upload it to Facebook or save it on your phone.
It literally takes about 30 seconds and you will be shocked that you have such great looking photos. And you don't have to wait until you're home to download your photos to your computer and spend hours Photoshopping them all. Instant gratification! Here are some of the ones I've taken so far.
This is what the morning sunshine looks like on my bedroom blinds.
The wall o' glasses at my eye doctor's office
My dusty keyboard at work...
Awesome button made by Alexa Westerfield.
Tie Dyes in the making...
One of my mosaic skulls
The crazy resident cat in my cat Poopie's cardiologist's office
Dora being very happy because she was playing in the woods.
Dora being very sad because I woke her up to take her picture.
If you've got an iPhone, I recommend you give it a try! You will find yourself taking pictures of everything you can find because this app lets you make even the most mundane subjects look FABULOUS! Have fun! And if you're already using it, let's follow each other! My user name is thepeculiarpalette