Instagram photos: Discover gets behind the camera

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.


Discover writer Vicki Press on Instagram


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.



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