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Instagram Tips & Tricks | iPhone Photography App

Posted on 13 October 2011 by Liza Mae V.

In my previous review about Instagram for Beginners I discussed the basic info about Instagram and my likes and dislikes.  Since then Instagram has launched a new update which has taken on a new look which I will review and also show you how to get more likes, comments, and followers.

Instagram Share Print Screen with Icon breakdown

Instagram Updates – Summary of Features

  • Preset borders with filters are now optional – Though this is an improvement from the previous version, you still can’t use any border with a filter.
  • 3 new filters added – Amaro, Valencia, & Hudson
  • 2 filters removed – Gothem & Apollo, good choice for those are filters that were specific and personally I didn’t use often.  I’m glad Instagram developers are paying attention.
  • Editing screen is all in one – There is no need to jump from the tilt-shift screen then back to the filter screen.  It can all be done in one shot.Instagram Editing Print Screen - Choose a Filter

Instagram Tips & Tricks – Get more Instagram Followers

  • Get noticed, use hash tags # – If you are a Tumblr or Twitter user, you can post tags by inserting hash tags like #iphoneography #photo, etc.  Hash tags that you previously used will appear.Instagram - Include a Hash tag
    The only thing I don’t like about this feature on tumblr is that it adds the hash tag  it to the description.  I wish instagram removed the hash tags in tumblr.Instagram posted on Tumblr with Hash tags
  • Get personal and reply to your comments – If you want to respond personally to comments on your instagram feed, write @username, just like Twitter.  When you put @, instagram propagates your contact list, making it easy to search for the person you are replying to.  Instagram is NOT like facebook where it will send you a notification if someone commented on a photo.
  • Take picture with the Camera app – The problem with taking pictures with instagram is that the maximum resolution it saves images is 612×612 pixels.  If you want to do more with the photos, like print, edit, create a desktop image, resolution will get lost.  I usually use Camera+​ to take all my photos.
  • Use the filters, borders, or tilt shift to take pictures – If you are taking the photo with instagram, there is an option on Instagram to take the picture with filters, borders, and tilt shift and what’s good about it is that it isn’t permanent.  That’s right, you can change the filters even though you used a certain filter to take the photo.
For more info about Instagram please read the guide below – Instagram for Beginners.
Instagram for Beginners

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Instagram for Beginners | iPhone Photography App

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Instagram for Beginners | iPhone Photography App

Posted on 19 July 2011 by Liza Mae V.

Instagram for Beginners

I have converted from my now retired BlackBerry Curve to an iPhone 4 white and one of my favorite iPhone photography apps is Instagram, so I’m going to break down Instagram for Beginners.

RIP Black Berry Curve
RIP Black Berry Curve – Photo Taken with Instagram

Instagram for Beginners | What is Instagram?

If you don’t know what Instagram is, you probably don’t have an iPhone, for it is currently only available for iPhone users. Instagram is a FREE photography app for iPhone where you can share your photos with friends and family through different social media streams.  You can visit Instagram’s FAQ for more information or download Instagram – Burbn, Inc.

Instagram Feed Preview
Print Screen of Instagram Feed

Liked Features of Instagram

  •  FREE iPhone App – one of my favorite Free Apps
  • 15 custom filters – transforms the photo’s mood and tone, as shown in the example below – click image for a bigger view.
    Instagram Filters Example
    Example: Instagram Filters
  • Tilt-Shift Feature– You can either use the tilt-shift feature as a circle or linear
    Instagram Tilt Shift Feature Example
    Example: Instagram Tilt Shift Feature
  • Share photos through multiple social media streams (Twitter, FaceBook, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare, Posterous)
  • Share via email
  • Easily find friends to follow from your contact list, FaceBook, or Twitter
  • Saves photo in Camera Roll
    Instagram Final Photo Saved on Camera Roll
    Example: Instagram Final Photo Saved on Camera Roll

Disliked Features of Instagram

  • Cropping of photo is square and limits what you can get in the frame
  • Preset borders with filters – I wish you can choose the filter and then choose the border but the filter and borders are all in one.


I recommend downloading Instagram for it is one of faves.

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