Occasionally I find myself spending evenings occupied on Pinterest. In my defense, I feel a step above the rest of the “pinners” out there because I hardly ever pin anything and I don’t check the site religiously like some people I know. I’m not crafty, I don’t cook, and I’m not going to kid myself about it either. However, I do harbor the need to know what is going on in the world. What are people looking at? What are people planning on making as centerpieces for their imaginary wedding? And what memes are people creating?
My favorite boards on Pinterest are the humor ones. People come up with some pretty funny jabs at society’s social norms. And when I stumbled upon this “Wonka Instagram”, I felt like this could not be truer.
Instagram has become the hot new way for people to share images with one another. I’ve also discovered through my friends that it is the best way to take pictures of food… and feet (I swear you hardly ever get a full body shot or face in the images). Instagram photographs apply a digital filter and are confined to a square shape, much like an old Polaroid instant picture. They’re cool and artsy without having to go through all the trouble of photoshopping later. And although Instagram has been geared towards the everyday person acting as a professional photographer, real professionals are evening turning to the program.
Photographer Lia Toby shot images from London Fashion Week on her iPhone using Instagram. The photographs have been described to give a feel of what it is really like to be sitting front row at these shows. Toby even prefers the use of her phone over a fancy camera: “Generally when I am photographing Fashion Week events, I have two large camera bodies with large, obtrusive lenses attached – it is hard to be discreet! With the iPhone, I found that I could capture moments which otherwise may have felt forced as people become self-conscious when they know that their picture is being taken.”
However the uses of the filter effects on already famous images are being criticized by some and I can’t say I blame them. Some iconic photos “re-taken” with Instagram ruin the original feel of the true to life picture.
Over 30 million accounts are set up on Instagram and it’s popularity keeps growing with Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber as the most followed “photographers”. We even have some instagramers in our office and some great photos taken with Instagram of Newscom’s 2012 Rooftop Party.
So make sure to check out these cool images done through Instagram that we have on Newscom.
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