The secret behind the very best pix on Instagram is that they’re not exactly “insta.”
Most wow-worthy shots have had some work done.
It takes a few edits to transform a good photo into a holy-smokes-wow photo.
Today, we’re bringing you a step-by-step look at one such transformation.
Watch one photo go from neat to woah-woah-wow and pick up some editing hacks and app recommendations along the way.
You’ve pretty much mastered the selfie … impeccable arm extension, flawless duck face, precision head tilt.
All that perfection can get boring.
It’s time to make the switch to Pano Selfies.
Give your selfies some edge with distorted perspective, glitchy stitching and guaranteed laughs from all who see ‘em.
1. Put your camera into Panoramic mode or fire up any auto-stitching pano app.
2. Point your camera at your face and start the pano. It can be tricky since you have to use the back-facing camera, but practice makes perfect (or a bit easier).
3. Move you camera from one side of your face to the other. Use your whole arm, don’t just tilt the phone. Add wiggles, bumps, move the camera closer/farther from your face or change your expression as the phone passes by, for max silliness.
4. Share! Throw your masterpiece onto the web with #panoselfie.
Using Stop Motion
So we asked him … AND HE TOLD US!
It turns out he doesn’t use any fancy apps or software or even voodoo. He just uses Vine, his phone and know-how.
He was kind enough to share his know-how with us and you too!
Matt gave us step by step instructions on how to make an apple disappear into a tabletop (and how to pull it back out again). No magic required.
The Power Boost Keychain
A smartphone with no battery power is like bread with no butter. Inedible. Also, you can’t take pictures with it. Boo.
With the Power Boost Keychain in your pocket, you’ll always have the power you need to photograph all that you behold. Yay!
No plug? No prob. It’s a backup battery ready to give your iPhone or Android a 30% boost.
All the cables are built right in, so you’ve always got the right connector to give your phone a charge.
And since it lives on your keychain, it’s always ready to replenish your picture-taking power.
Now someone invent a butter keychain, plz.
On Your Phone
The Kodak No. 1 was the first camera available to non-pros. It let anyone document and share their day to day life.
It was the o.g. Instagram.
Uniquely, photos taken with the Kodak No. 1 were printed in charming 2.5″ sepia circles.
The National Media Museum just released a set of Kodak No. 1 photos and it turns out day-to-day life in the 1890′s was pretty cool. Boat rides, beach trips, and hats galore!
They inspired us to give our photos that Kodak No. 1 look. So, we cooked up this simple recipe:
It’s that easy! Give your photos that great 1888 look using just a couple of apps… Or invest in headwear (those folks seriously loved their hats).
Cinematic Polish to Your Videos
We’ve found the secret to making your video footage downright moving! The (not so) secret, is moving your camera as you shoot.
The Mobislyder makes it easy to add dimension to your videos with pro level pans and epically smooth pulls.
This gizmo is a shrunken down version of the big ‘ol sliders used on movie sets.
It’s made of precision cut aluminum and fitted with an adjustable clamp to hold tight to any camera phone.
We’ve been having a ball with this gadget and are here to share our four fave techniques for adding professional polish to your next videographic masterpiece.
We’re not sure what it is about autumn that makes us feel downright snap happy!
Maybe boots and sweaters just make us feel more poetic than flip-flops.
We know how quickly autumn’s colors fade, and we don’t want you and your lens to miss a minute of it.
So we’ve scoured Instagram for the season’s best hashtags to inspire you to trade in your lemonade for a latte, then get out there and capture fall in all it’s glory.
When it comes to movies, editing is kind of a big deal.
Without it, we wouldn’t have twist endings. (Looking at you, M. Night.) We wouldn’t have out-of-order movies to entertain our brains (Marty McFly 4ever). We wouldn’t even have beginnings, middles, and ends!
Frankly, movies would be pretty weird and probably not very good at all without editing.
Thanks to Instagram’s 4.1 update, you can now upload videos to Instagram, meaning a whole new world of video editing has opened up!
Sound, filters, transitions, sequencing — there is so much you can do to an Instagram video before uploading it. And awesomely, you can do it all on your phone.
Consider this guide an editing workshop that’ll turn your Instagram videos into cinematic artworks served 15 seconds at a time.
Datamoshing sounds kinda like that fun thing you used to do when Slipknot came on the radio in 2002.
While pushing some punks around is totally fun, pushing pixels is fun and less likely to get you elbowed in the face.
So how do you push the pixels around in your photos? Glitché. It’s an app that lets you warp your photos using computer errors and bugs.
You get to pick from eight different types of glitches, each of which you can manipulate to your liking. Swirl, tap, and paint different effects like slit-scanning, 3D renderings (!!!), psychedelic color inversions, and datamoshing.
Within a few minutes of your first glitches, you’ll see why some call Glitché “the Instagram for digital psychedelia.”
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“Well that’s weird,” you thought. “My Instagram photos are moving.”
What you thought might be the coolest side effect of downing too much coffee turned out to be Instagram’s latest major app update — Instagram video!
Just when you were totally kicking butt on Vine, Instagram video showed up with its 15 filters, extra long video length and the fact that you get to share your videos with all your friends on Instagram.
Now is the time to put your cinematographic moves into high gear, which is why we’re here to bestow on you, dear readers, a heap of Instagram video pro-tips.
Learn how to edit your shots, get better sound, and make your friends say “ooooh” at the creative ways you’ll be playing with video, all in the confines of 15 seconds.
Now you can sip your coffee with ease ’cause all you need is a tap to focus.
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