Monday, February 6, 2012

instagram + me

As far as all of the social medias go, I can quite honestly say that instagram is my favourite at the moment. Not to say I don't enjoy blogging, facebooking, pinteresting or tweeting, but instagram ticks all of the boxes for me right now. Why?
It's all about the pictures ~ beautiful photo's of interesting people, places and objects from everywhere
It's less about the words ~ the pictures speak for themselves, often with none or just a few words
It's instant ~ take a photo (I use iPhone) and share it; look at other people's pics; simple; fast
It's inspiring ~ some people are amazing at making the ordinary look extraordinary

So I'm guessing that you've worked out that I love it! Here are a few more things I've noticed about instagram:
At the moment instagram only compatible with Apple products with cameras ... but apparently there are plans in the works to expand compatibility to platforms other than Apple.
There is space in instagram for people who just want to take happy snaps, right up to pro photographers. I've been using instagram for about six months, and have watched the number of people and quality of pics increase hugely! It's been great for me to learn from others ~ composition, angles,
You have the opportunity to "follow" people whose photo's/style/subject matter you like, so that their pics will appear in your feed. You can also tag your own pics with key words, and search for pics with tags that you're interested in to find people with a similar aesthetic or subject matter. This all works really well and makes for some interesting pics in your feed each day.
Tagging is important if you want to use instagram as a promotional tool too, or gather more followers. Thankfully there's not too much of that going on that I've seen ~ it still seems to be about the photo's in the first instance, which is refreshing.
You can share your pics with your facebook or twitter account, and a few other places, making it easy to keep people in the loop if that works for you.
There are a few meme's you can join in with too ~ one of the most popular I've seen is FatMumSlim's photo-a-day meme with a theme for each day of the month ~ great if you're just starting and/or stuck for ideas of what to take pics of, and lovely to link up with others.
People connect via images ~ all different kinds of people (including lots of my favourite bloggers). It's a nice place to hang out.

Anyway, I would encourage you to give it a go if you like photography and you have the technology (this is not a sponsored post, I just really like it!). The instagram app (application) is free to download from the iTunes store. There are also lots of instagram viewers that you can use on your computer or iPad ~ check out the iTunes store or via Google.

All of the images in this post are mine from instagram ~ you can find me on instagram via @yardagedesign



teddybearswednesday said...

I would totally have to agree with you here Nic, i love it and it's by far my favourite of the social medias, it's more intimate and about something than twitter. I'm not a big talker so it suits me much better twitter too as I'm not witty or funny. ANd I love both taking photos and seeing others photos and the new people you meet over them.

melissa said...

I love instagram as well. I love looking at other peoples photos and I've got a mix of bloggy friends and 'real life' friends on there and I can see everything all together!

Wombat's Picnic said...

I have only started using in the last month, but I love it too. And while its a stand alone app, I love that I can send pics to twitter or facebook as well:) Cyndy

PS love seeing your pics:)

Anonymous said...

Your pictures are beautiful.
I tag my pics because I then like to click the tag and see what other people have taken with the same tag! I've found so many lovely people to follow that I wouldn't have otherwise found.
I really like that a lot of the people I follow are complete strangers and I get a peek into their lives.
Good fun!

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fabriquefantastique said...

defiantly will look into this

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this Nic. My iPhone is just fresh out of it's box so I'm in a hurry to learn how to use it and get the most out of instagram. When it first came out I was a bit turned off because all the images looked so similar but since then the images keep getting better and better. x Alisa