Well the original Instagram App is essential in any ones life, never mind the foodies, fashionistas or photographers. I just love the positive energy posted on Instagram, unlike Twitter or Facebook people only ever post good things. No one ever posts “look at the most horrible meal I just ate” or “Look at these ugly people”.
The way I see Instagram is that it’s personal blessings, praises and motivations and with a total of more than 150 million monthly active users you’ll definitely find something to ♥
I have a Samsung S4 so here are my 8 favourite Instagram Apps for Android
This easy to use App is my number 1 MUST have App. I like to use this App not only for creating collages but also to edit images with filters and contrasts. My favourite filter on this app is Film but then I lower the contrast and heighten the saturation.
***Best for collages, editing and everything…
This is a collection of the best hashtags to use for images to get more exposure. But please do not use the wrong hashtags to get likes. For example please don’t use a fashion hashtag for a nature photo or something silly like #nofilter on a filtered picture, it’s just as bad as #nomakeup when you clearly have eyeliner on.
This is a simple upfront App I like to track who is following me but most of all know who has lately unfollowed me so I can edit my follow back.
This App connects with Foursquare or Facebook to get your location and adds a skin onto your image. It also adds the time of the day so some skins can add that something extra to a shot. Just a heads up it leaves a little sticker in the corner of the picture.
***Best for architecture, landscape and food shots
I thought this news-like skin was good for this circle shot to add a back story to where I am wearing this outfit and it obviously imply’s a lunch break in the area.
This seriously hipster skin works well on a shot with lots of straight lines, a straight forward shot (not so much those angle shots) and by chance it was framed perfectly onto the stage of City Hall which was a wonderful evening of Pecha Kucha.
Insta Best Friends
This is similar to the InstaFollow app but this tracks who is your best followers. Who are the people that like your posts the most and obviously it is my best friend who is my Best Friend and my mom too.
There is just something effective about a #mirrorgram, It sometimes makes an outfit look better than what it is. Another feature I like to use is the Cutouts, especially the circle which you can easily slide to adjust the size. Personally I don’t use the other features much, the filters are just a too harsh or cheesy.
***Best for OOTD or nature shots
See above what I mean these simple outfits look visually pleasing because of the high contast graphic look. One of my favourite shots is the daisy print dress that is technically a simple fit and flare dress but looks awesome in the #mirrorgram
Experiment and have fun with the #mirrorgram because sometimes when you layer mirrored images it can create a very cool image, sort of like a shortcut to grahic design.
I’m not the biggest fan of the tunnel feature but I thought I would experiment with the filter as I was exausted from the weekend. But It was nice to show the close up of the print as well as the Rocking the Daisies band so one can conclude I ran out of rad-ness from the weekend.(wish the photo was clearer to begin with though)
This App is simlliar to Instaplace as it links up to get the time and weather in your location, So it’s really cool for travel shots to share more about your trip. This can also share more about why you are wearing so little/much clothes (as one dresses appropriately to the weather)
***Best for nature, outfit and architecture shots
The lastest App I am in love with is PlanetCamera.
Alright one warning it does crash sometimes but I totally love the effect so I don’t mind restarting it to create these cool images.
So what it does is, it takes your landscape photo and stretches it around a circle to create a planet like image. It’s fun to see which images look cool or not. Below are some of my favourite image so far.
***Best for landscape and architecture shots