A Guide to Instagram

A Guide to Instagram

A Guide to Instagram

Instagram is a free app that makes mobile photography and sharing fast, beautiful and funInstagram is a story telling service and a global photography gallery, that brings together mobile photographers from around the world. Mobile photography can be a diary of moments and emotions, visual poetry and an easy, quick way to express yourself. With Instagram's toolbox you can stimulate your creative genius by experimenting, creating and sharing your creations with people across the globe. 

  • Instantly enhance your photos with the Lux feature.
  • Easily add beautiful vintage effects to your hurried snapshots for a more artful experience.
  • Connect with your friends.
  • Take part in a the global mobile photography movement to establish mobile photography as a new form of art.
  • Have fun and stay motivated developing your artistic mobile photography.

Getting Started with Instagram

Sign up for an Instagram account, choose a username and add a profile photo, a biography and a link to your website. If you like you can set Instagram up to instantly share with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare, and Posterous. Add your friends from Facebook, Twitter or your iPhone/Android contact list.

Taking and Making Photos With Instagram

Instagram's Lux feature

Instagram's Lux feature

  • You can either snap photos with Instagram or use a photo from your camera roll
  • In just one tap, Lux works its magic by making your photos more vibrant, sharp and detailed. Lux is especially good for backlit or low contrast photos. Use it with a filter or without.
  • Optionally choose between elegant filters with a retro feeling
  • Add or remove borders (use the icon at the top left)
  • Save and share. Or to use Instagram to edit your photos without sharing them at that moment, or even at all, simply turn on Air Plane Mode in Settings. Now your edited photos will be saved to your camera roll instead of shared and you can still share them later on.

Advanced Instagram Photo Tips

Using Instagram Filters

Using Instagram Filters

Instagram Filters

Instagram Filters

Taking Your Instagram Experience to the Next Level

  • Be selective. Post your best photos.
  • Don't upload all your pictures at once. Some of your followers might miss your photos, especially those in other time zones than yours. Others might feel like you're flooding their photo stream. Instead, try spreading out your photo postings over time.
  • Check your newsfeed so you don't miss the conversation.
  • Participate in your own supportive community by connecting with other photographers and leaving likes and generous comments.
  • Hashtags are a great way for others to discover your photos on Instagram. Here are some Instagram hashtag tips.
  • Meet fellow instagrammers in your area. Instagram Meetups
  • Participate in competitions and prompts like the "weekend hashtag project"
  • View your Instagram photos on the web and analyze your progress with Statigram.
  • Use Emoji to make your comments more creative.
  • Turn your Instagram photos into greeting cards

For more app tips and tutorials, check out our library of Free Guides for Mobile Photography and Art.

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