We imagine Prince Harry must have experienced quite a bit of regret over his leaked naked photos – why, he must have thought, did the person who released them not use Instagram? Chances are, with the number of filters available, they would have been a lot more interesting.
In the world of Instagram, all is not as it appears when it comes to the photos that you take on your phone. Discover’s Helen Jones and Vicki Press put the app to the test to see what all the fuss is about.
Because my HTC One S has an 8 megapixel camera with some really useful features and after-effects, I hadn’t felt the need to delve into the world of Instagram. But when I realised that practically all of my friends (and even my father-in-law) are getting stuck in, it was time to join the 50 million+ users…
Having used Instagram for the last few weeks, I found the best thing about this app is its simplicity – it’s a simple concept, a cinch to set up and really straightforward to use. And there are loads more after-effect options than on my smartphone.
The sharing element of the app really encourages you to take more photos. I’ve always found it easy to upload pictures from my phone to Facebook, but with Instagram the focus is on the photos themselves . I’ve been snapping away at my little boy’s 2nd birthday party, so everyone can see what we’re up to in an instant - without the waffle. A key thing to note is that if you don’t want random people viewing your pics, you’ll need to change your privacy settings.
I love Facebook, but I find I get tired of reading status updates and just want to look at the pics. With Instagram I can instantly see all the photos that people I’m following have uploaded. It’s also more selective, as on Facebook people tend to upload entire albums, whereas with Instagram it’s usually just the best shots.
Instagram is also a great way to feed your obsessions – like music, books, gadgets etc. I’m crazy about dogs, especially british bulldogs, so I’m following a few people that regularly post cute pictures of those.
I’ve also just started following someone who uploads photos of delicious desserts with the recipes underneath, so if I see one I want to make I can.
In summer 2012 I was lucky enough to go to the Olympic park to watch a handball match. While I was there I went up The Orbit and got some great shots looking down on the Olympic Stadium. Although I didn’t take these pictures with Instagram open, I was still able to view them in Instagram and add filters to make them look even better. This is my favourite image from the day:
Although I’ve had fun using Instagram, I do think that it’s quite limited. I feel like there should be more options for things that I can do with it. The digital filters are fun to use, but aren’t that different to the ones many phones already have. But for sharing pics and seeing those that others have taken in a quick and easy way, it’s perfect.