Since finally getting an iPhone a few months ago, I have been playing around with the Instagram photo app. I love it so much that I basically don’t bother taking my little Canon point-and-shoot camera with me anymore and only take picture with my iPhone.
I have been wanting to upgrade my camera for a while, but I was so reluctant to buy a professional camera because I didn’t know how I could pull off lugging around a big camera. Now I don’t have to, and after I buy these nifty Photojojo phone lenses, my iPhone will become an even more professional tool.
The Instagram pictures are square, so they work really well for my blog posts and are already the perfect size for thumbnails.
I kept experimenting with the filters and changing them depending on what looked best to me before saving a new pictures. I was happy with the individual pictures, but changing filters that often made for very busy blog posts, like this one. I especially feel mixing photos with frames and no frames makes for a cluttered look.
Today, while out and about with Landon, I think I finally found the combination of Instagram filters I’m going to stick with.
But before I tell you which one that is, here are examples of what the before and the after picture looks like for several of my favorite filters.
I love the fuzzy frame the Kelvin filter adds to the picture, but it also makes every pictures very yellow.
I used this filter for a few picture for a DIY post I’m working on, but the black frames is a bit overpowering for everyday use.
I used this filter a lot in the beginning because of the deep saturation of colors, but oftentimes it makes the picture too dark.
I like this filter for lightening the colors and the vintage look it gives to photos.
This picture looks so boring that I would usually delete it. But look at the transformation after applying the filters.
I like using the depth of field filter whenever there are other people in the picture I want to edit out.
I think you’d agree that this picture I took today is boring and way too dark.
I applied the Instagram filter Amaro to lighten up the picture, and then I hit the Contrast button I learned to use at a session at BlogHer’12 (the sun symbol on the bottom of the screen). That makes the picture more grainy and interesting.
Voila! My favorite picture I took today while we explored a farm we’d never been to before.
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