We’ll never stop <3ing our DSLR, polaroids, or film cams.
But it's our camera phone that's always with us. Like when we spotted a pug trotting down the street sporting goggles or that guy unicycling up the steepest hill of all time.
Not just another camera app or more filters for your pix. Instagram is THE way to share the fleeting moments of your life.
What makes it different? It’s simple and fast. Take a photo, choose a filter (optional), you’re done. It uploads automatically.
Or tap the feed and see all your friends’ everyday lives through their eyes in about 20 seconds. The lack of editing + the immediacy of phone photography makes the experience raw, addicting, and kind of magical. In short, Instagram is what the camera phone was made for.
Download it, then peep our getting started guide (with help from Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram) for who to follow and the best tips for Instagram.
p.s. Yes, it’s iPhone-only, but versions for other phones are in the works! (Let ‘em know you want them.)
p.p.s. Today only, we’re running the 1st-ever Instagram photo contest on Instagram! Follow Photojojo to learn more!
Why we love Instagram:
If you’re just getting started on Instagram, we’ll show you who to follow and all of the awesome ways to play with it!
Who to Follow
Click handle names that are linked to see Instagram photos from a specific user.
To find people from our list on Instagram, go to “Profile,” then “Find friends.” There, you’ll be able to search for and follow these noteworthy Instagram users!
- Superamit (Amit Gupta, Photojojo founder)
- Lokate (Laurel Kate Sittig)
- Heyamberrae (Amber Rae)
- Lisbetho (Lisbeth Ortega)
- Colerise (His photo site. See his aerial photos!)
- Robertjosiah (His artwork)
- Danrubin (See his Flickr)
- Laurenlemon (Lauren Randolph’s site)
- Lbm (of Pictory and Phoot Camp fame, Laura Brunow Miner)
- Joey (Of Leica iPhone skin fame; his site)
- Gnuhaus (His photo Tumblr)
- Neo121 (Project 365 via Instagram)
Design + Tech
- Chris (Chris Messina)
- Swissmiss (Of Swiss-miss.com)
- Everyplace (known as Erin Sparling)
- Grex (See his night photography; his site)
- Jayzombie (Her site)
- Simplebits (Their site)
- Naomiatkinson (Sheffield, UK; her site)
- Monospoon (Tokyo, Japan)
- Kiseracera (Japan)
- J_ota (Japan)
- Cipher (Japan)
- Sethw (Europe)
Take Your Instagram Photos Further:
- 365 project: Post one great photo a day for 365 days. Challenge yourself!
- Pre-edit your photos in other apps, like Camerabag or Photoshop; create diptychs, triptychs, add text – endless possibilities here.
- Play theme games with friends; set a theme for the day (example: Things that start with the letter H). Watch your friends’ progress throughout the day.
- Use our cell phone lenses for fish-eye, wide-angle, and macro pics. Your photos will stand out, for sure!
- Upload photos taken with other cameras besides your phone for a fun mixture of hi- and lo-fi.
- Post something other than photos. Some people have been posting text as notepad screenshot. This has us thinking of other kinds of images we can post (like design!).
- Use screenshots to run your photo through Instagram filters multiple times to overlap filters or to intensify a single filter.
- Play a photo scavenger hunt with friends; watch your stream to see who’s winning.
- Don’t have friends on Instagram yet? Post your photos to Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook to show them how epic it is!
- If you’re looking to connect with users who you don’t know, follow them, and they’ll usually follow you back. (Try our list above or check the “Popular” section).