In­sta­gram

No app round-up would be com­plete with­out this slice of so­cial me­dia roy­alty

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What the app does

You know what this one is, right? This sum­mer, In­sta­gram an­nounced that it now hosts more than half a bil­lion users, with an av­er­age of 95 mil­lion pho­tos and videos be­ing posted each day. So if you don’t use In­sta­gram, chances are that you know at least five pho­tog­ra­phers who do.

You can upload pho­tos, ap­ply one of In­sta­gram’s ready-made fil­ters and ef­fects to it, and share it within sec­onds. It’s the sim­plic­ity that wins here out here, since it’s easy to fol­low your friends’ pho­tos, as well as pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers and (should you wish to) favourite celebri­ties.

When to use it

Use In­sta­gram any time that you want to share a photo with your fam­ily or friends – or any of the 500 mil­lion other users. The sheer vol­ume of peo­ple post­ing pho­tos on here means that it’s be­come the go-to place to get your work seen by a wider au­di­ence. And if you don’t want that, you can al­ways make your ac­count pri­vate so that only the peo­ple you ap­prove can see your pho­tos and videos.

In­sta­gram makes for a very con­ve­nient cen­tralised lo­ca­tion to share your pho­tos to your other so­cial me­dia feeds, as with just a cou­ple of taps your photo also can be piped across and pub­lished to Face­book, Flickr, Twit­ter and Tum­blr. This is op­tional, and you can turn shar­ing on or off for each shot.

How to use it

Face­book owns In­sta­gram, so if you’re new to the lat­ter you can use your Face­book de­tails (or email ad­dress) to log in, and you can send an in­vi­ta­tion to your Face­book friends to fol­low you. You can start up­load­ing and build­ing up a fol­low­ing straight away – it’s sur­pris­ing how quickly peo­ple find you when you make your first post. The app will rec­om­mend other peo­ple you may know and want to fol­low, and you can ex­plore their work be­fore you com­mit!

You can also use the in-app cam­era to take a shot, ap­ply fil­ters and edit im­ages (or not, #nofil­ter) and share these pho­tos in­stantly on­line. Oh, and it’s free.

Turn on push no­ti­fi­ca­tions and you’ll know when peo­ple fol­low you or ‘like’ your pho­tos

In­sta­gram is syn­ony­mous with fil­ter ef­fects. You can eas­ily re­move the ones you dis­like

Choose an im­age on your de­vice or shoot a fresh one, then edit ei­ther in the app

In­sta­gram will sug­gest other users to fol­low, based on likes and who you’re fol­low­ing

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