I love the look of all the different filters on Instagram but I often forget which ones are my favorites. I put together this visual index to use so I can see how each one looks in action. It’s so much fun to see what these effects can do to some simple little phone photos!
I admit that when Instagram first came out, I couldn’t see what all the fuss was about. I wondered why after all the years of working toward better photography that we were taking a collective step backward in making our photos looks old and quirky? Well, I changed my mind after I took my first Instagram photo. Phone photos aren’t the best quality, but they are a valuable way to capture our everyday life. I’ve found that Instagram makes my “blah” phone photos into miniature masterpieces. Hey, if Jack Hollingsworth (aka PhotoJack) can embrace Instagram, who am I to turn my nose up at it?
Now I look at Instagram as a tool to make memory keeping fun and that’s what makes me happy! I love to snap and share my Instagrams and I love seeing what others post as well. Now I can’t imagine why I waited so long to try it out!
If you’re new to Instagram, you might want a few starter tips. It is very easy to use and wonderfully simple. This little “cheat sheet” by Fat Mum Slim is one of the best resources I’ve seen to help anyone master Instagram. We’ve pinned it on our Daily Digi Photography Board for easy reference.
Once you have some Instagram photos, I bet you will want to scrap with them. I love layouts filled with these fun little squares of memories! I’ve found a lot of fabulous instagram layout inspiration in the galleries. Here are a few of my favorites: (Each image is linked for credits)
Check out some of these related posts for more ideas:
- Scrapbooking with phone photos by Heddy
- Digital scrapbooking with phone photos by Katie
- Smart phone photography resources by Steph
- Play it Again with phone photos by Katie
- Confessions of a project 365 quitter by Steph
We’d love to see your Instagram layouts so feel free to post them to our Flickr group!
P.S. The font used in the visual guide graphic is Billabong which is the same one used on the Instagram site. The paper background is from Beige Like Me by One Little Bird Designs.