I’ve been an iPhone convert since late last year. My main reason for swapping from a Blackberry was blogging.
Not only can I post a blog from my phone (thanks WordPress app), I can check my Google Reader (thanks Mobile RSS app), add photos to Flickr (thanks Mobile Fotos app), take better photos and high definition video.
It really is the perfect “office” for me as a blogger.
I mentioned that it takes better photos – and yes the megapixel size of images is larger than my old Blackberry – but it’s the apps that you can add to your phone that can turn even a crappy photo into a work of art. (Just quietly, those filters are pretty magical at shaving years – and visible wrinkles – off your face too.)
My favourite by a country mile is Instagram.
For starters, it’s free.
It also works as another social media channel, offering a timeline of friends’ photos, made more interesting by the filters chosen to place over the photo. You can also share those photos outside of your Instagram feed via Facebook or Twitter.
I’ve now extended my use of Instagram by downloading InstaDesk for my iMac.
Which is just a fancy, schmancy way of saying I can now waste more time checking out everyone’s photos … and not just on my phone when in the school pick-up line.
Getting started on Instagram is super easy via the App Store on your phone or through your iTunes account.
1. Once you’ve set up your account and linked your Facebook, Twitter (and Flickr, Tumbler, Foursquare, Posterous if you like), you’re good to go. Take a photo while in the app or just using your iPhone or iPad2* camera.
2. If taking the photo using your camera, you need to press the “share” button to bring up the camera roll and choose the photo you’d like to Instagram.
3. Once photo is chosen and positioned (all Instagram photos are square format), the fun begins. You can move the photo through each of the 15 filters to choose the one you like best for that photo.
4. Hit the Next button, choose how you’d like to share the photo, then click Done.
5. The filtered photo is published into your Instagram feed and wherever you’ve decided to share it.
Now, the fun really starts – as it does in any social networking situation – when you, well, get social.
When you install Instagram and add in your Twitter details, the option comes up to search for friends on Twitter who use instagram. Following your friends this way just creates another dimension to your social networking experience.
This week, gorgeous Blogger Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim, flagged a 30 day Photograph Challenge using Instagram. It started on June 1. I’m taking part and I’m loving seeing other friends’ interpretation of each day’s theme.
It’s not too late to join in the challenge. Today’s theme is Something Green.
Now, Chantelle is someone who always has beautiful photography on her blog – either from her “real” camera or through her phone. Instagram is just one of the photo apps she uses for photos for her blog. If you’ve mastered Instagram and are ready to pay for some more photo apps, check out her fantastic post which demonstrates and details her faves. I suddenly feel more
time wasting experimentation coming on.
*I would really love Instagram to develop an iPad version of its app. Yes, you can zoom in on the iPhone version on your iPad but it loses quality.
Do you use Instagram or other photo apps to create more arty images from your phone? Do you have a favourite Instagram filter?