Hey y'all! I thought I'd do a little Instagram post today. First and foremost,let me say this…I am NOT an Instagram expert. If you want that, look to my friends Rhonna Farrer and Kelly Purkey.They are 2 amazing ladies that know WAY more than I do about it.
But in my post last week (the one where I asked what y'all would like to see) LOTS of you mentioned an Instagram post. So here it is. An EPIC post.
Warning, it's long. Don't say you weren't warned. This post took several days of note-taking and thought gathering. I hope you find it helpful!
my instagram username- stephaniehowell
Why I like Instagram
Instagram is my favorite photo app. Yes, it's kind of overplayed. Yes,everyone is doing it.
Haven't you heard the joke What does a hipster weigh? An instagram. Hahahaha!
I don't care. I love it. I have been addicted for a long time, and I don't see that changing any time soon.
Some people say that Instagram is like the polaroids and washed out photos of the 70s and 80s and that one day we will be sorry that we did this to our photos. I couldn't agree less. It's supposed to be fun. And besides, I save original,unfiltered images. I don't find polaroids offensive anyway.
Note: I usually do not shoot photos directly through Instagram. I shoot them with my regular iPhone camera,then upload and edit. This keeps an original version in my photo album.
Look at the photo below to see how to upload a photo you've already taken:
Here is a photo I took of a hydrangea in my kitchen. The last photo is the untouched image.
In this mosaic, you can see examples of how all of the filters look.
Some of these filters I never use. It's personal preference of course…but for example I never use 1977. Way too pink for me.
Walden is great for low light photos.
My favorites that I tend to use time after time are Nashville and Valencia.I also really like Amaro. Inkwell can be just beautiful on the right photo.Here is an example of how Inkwell can be lovely. If you have a crisp photo with good lighting and contrast,Inkwell is the cat's pajamas. HA!
Tilt shift is basically selective focus. It creates a shallow depth of field.
There are 2 types of tilt shift (you can see in the photo above where to find tilt shift).
The first type is radial (o). It allows you to select a circular portion of your photo. You can make the circle as big or small as you want.
Below I took 2 photos of a flower in my yard. On the first I didn't use tilt shift at all. On the second photo I used radial tilt shift (on the bloom of the flower). As you can see, it really makes the bloom pop.
In the 2 photos below I show examples. The first photo has no tilt shift,and the second utilizes linear tilt shift (down the bloom and entire stem).
Getting the photos onto my computer for printing.
I do this several ways. The first (and most obvious) is plugging my iPhone into my computer and uploading the images.
If I am feeling lazy I either drag and drop the images from social media onto my desktop. For example, if I have shared the photo on FB or Twitter, I drag it onto my desktop to save it.
I also access my feed at Ink361 to drag and drop my photos.This is an AWESOME web interface for Instagram.
Another option is emailing the photos to myself from my iPhone.
Printing my Instagrams
Note:Most of the time I print in 3×3 or 4×4. I have also done 5×5 plenty of times.
Now and then I crop my Instagrams to traditional sizes. Below are examples of two square instagrams that I cropped to a traditional 4×6 size. It worked beautifully. Prints beautifully,too.
Printing at home:
I need to tell you here that I know nothing about PSE. Remember when I told you I wasn't an expert? I'm sure you could simply print your photos through PSE. Or iPhoto. But I don't do that because I'm a little bit photo-editing-illiterate.
I use a program on my Mac called "Pages". It's pretty much the Apple version of Word.
I like it because I can drag and drop images onto a canvas and resize them to my liking. Then I just print them all on one sheet. No fuss, no learning curve. Zero.
When I was doing project life, I'd fill up a sheet with a zillion small Instagrams to print.
Printing/ordering through an app:
Persnickety Prints prints Instagrams in square sizes, which is awesome.
Other fun things to do with your Instagrams:
Postagram (have your instagrams made into postcards)
Stickygram (have your instagrams made into magnets)
Stitchtagram (prints made into pillows)
Random Tidbits of Instagram knowledge:
1. Turn your phone on "airplane mode" under settings if you don't want the photos you are instagramming to go into your feed for everyone to see. This is particularly useful if you are taking MANY MANY photos. I put my phone in airplane mode to take all of the photos for the big filter mosaic up above.
It will say "failed" when you process the photo,but it will be saved in your photo album.
Thanks to my sweet friend Lexi for teaching me this. It's great to be able not to annoy everyone with my zillion photos. Even though I probably already do. HA!
2. Use Big Huge Labs to make fun Instagram mosaics for your blog (like the one at the top of this post!).
3. If you love Instagram, go order this geotag stamp from KP now. I am obsessed! You can find it HERE.
4.If you upload a photo from your DSLR to Instagram, make sure to use the hashtag #latergram in your description. This indicates the source of the photo. You can also simply use this hashtag for a photo you take and upload later.
That's it for today. Not wordy at ALL, huh?
Hope you enjoyed it and find it helpful. Have a beautiful and blessed weekend,friends!