Basically you take pictures with your phone, apply filters available in the app, give it a title if you want, and publish your picture. That’s the cliff notes version. Want to know more? Keep reading…
The pictures can be taken with your phone camera or through the Instagram app using your phone camera as well. Once you have the picture you apply one of more than 15 different filters to the picture, or no filter at all. There are also options to blur the edges, and change the saturation. You can take a picture then make it look completely different, or really highlight your subject – it is just FUN! Maybe it’s the simplicity that makes it so appealing?
Once you have the look you want go ahead and write a caption for your photo – or not. You can tag the place you are or where the picture was taken – or not. When you publish your newly edited photo you can simultaneously post it to your Facebook page or Twitter feed - or not. But here’s what I like best, you can apply hashtags to your photos, or to any other photos you view on Instagram. Then when you click on the hashtag you look at all the other pictures on Instagram that have the same exact hashtag.
You can follow other people who use Instagram, and others can follow you. If you want to limit your followers make your profile private. Check the worldwide Instagram favorites from inside the app. Find others who are interested in some of the same things you are.
I’m having so much fun with Instagram – and it’s free!