Getting Social, and a Bit About Instagram

So I’ve been making the effort lately to get more active in the social media space (hence this blog) for my own education and entertainment. Way back when (you know, like 2003), I was one of the first to rock a MySpace account with customized HTML. Remember having to plop some code in your “About me” field? Ha, you hacker.

The most-tapped area of my phone here, lately.

Anyway, most of my social activity lately has been via the amazing Instagram photo-sharing app for the iPhone (and maybe one day other platforms). Plenty has already been written about this, so I won’t go into detail for now, but just let me say that it takes smart phones to an entirely new level and is one of the most fun things to do with a phone camera. Having had a career as a graphic artist, and having always been driven to be creative — and now with the bit of social media Instagram integrates, I am continually satisfied and excited about this app. It’s like Twitter for visual thinkers, and social media for visual-creative types.

Back in the day I tried the still-excellent DeviantArt (DA) briefly, but after early photo manipulation experiments, lost interest. Instagram takes care of that almost completely with its built-in filters — and now apps like Photoforge2, Juxtaposer, and especially Noir (think dodge/burn/B&W made super-easy) let me do with my thumb in five minutes what would have otherwise taken hours in PhotoShop — and to the same net effect. This part is key. The most fun element of DA for me was the community interaction/comments, and it’s still there in Instagram, super-fast, and in the same spirit… while my creation tools are always in my pocket, ready wherever I’m at. There are a couple of DA browsing apps I might explore for inspiration, and I still recommend the site for all the same reasons (they have a solid mobile version), but I’m not going to be losing interest in Instagram anytime soon. Come say hi sometime; I’ll be over there as rsmithing.

Cats, flowers, architecture all figure prominently in my Instagram feed. Viewable here at Statigram.

What do you think is the most interesting aspect of Instagram? Where do you think it will be a year from now? Have you found yourself recently inspired or newly fascinated by/addicted to mobile photography? Tell us your experiences in the comments!

14 thoughts on “Getting Social, and a Bit About Instagram

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  6. little messy la

    Hi there!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and to answer your questions about my photo editing, I tend to use my iphone for photos on the run and end up using Instagram to edit them. But if I have taken the photo on my camera I use a website called VintageJS to edit my pictures! :) Hope this helps,
    La
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    1. rsmithing

      Well, VintageJS is pretty neat — I’d never heard of that. Thanks! Just a thought, since you’re into vintage discoveries: you might like the app Hipstamatic. It has several retro lenses, films & flashes you can select from to get a distinct vintage feel right there in the camera. It’s free, and there are paid elements to upgrade if you so choose. Keep Instagramming!

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  9. chrissysurf

    Love Instagram!!! When I first started using it, I felt addicted. I was taking pictures of the most useless crap just so I could use it! Gotten over my addiction slightly, still a great tool for a phone. Can’t imagine what the iphone 4S can do with pics!

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    1. rsmithing

      No kidding… it’s dangerously addictive. And to your first point, I’ve definitely become more selective. I’ve also started noticing what would make for better photos, too. I call it seeing the world through “Instagram Eyes.”

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    1. Richard Smith

      Definitely. It’s still early, only one year old, so I hope they keep doing things right. Thanks for commenting!

      Reply

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