Monday, April 4, 2016

Photo Apps to Level Up Your Instagram Game

When it comes to taking a photograph, we try to impose our own stamp of uniqueness and originality. That's even harder to achieve today than it used to be after falling down the Instagram rabbit hole where everyone's an artist. Majority of the photos you see are pure eye-candy. Each image stands out in terms of composition, color and mood. But when you start segregating them, they all visually look the same. I guess no matter what skill level you're at in photography, we all draw inspiration from the works of others.

I admit to have developed a bad case of Instagram envy and being overly OC with everything I post before. I deleted some pictures that were not consistent with my feed until I have to snap myself out of this compare-athon bug. Let's face it, Instagram plays a big part on vanity bragging. Those perfectly staged Instagram photos aren't real per se... more like only the edited version are being displayed ignoring the less savory moments behind it. Perception and aesthetic really do matter in social media so some 'grammers create a representation of a hyper-idealistic version of themselves. But we already knew that, right? It's okay to be in it though as long as your self-esteem doesn't come from a fictional world made of Prada bags, plating the perfect dish and roses randomly placed beside a coffee mug.

I have this fixation with minimalism and followed a lot of accounts awash with crisp, clean lines and dichromatic palettes in the hopes of being just like them. I want to create a visual chain that would best resonate myself and allow me to be imaginative, which led me to the joy of setting up flat lays. Random photos would pop up here and there just to break that solid white space and give variety to my feed. I try to avoid posting something unrealistic and just stay close to the real things I love the most. After all, Instagram should be a fun place to supercharge your creativity and connect with like-minded folks for daily inspiration.

I use Snapseed for selective adjustments on brightness, contrast and saturation. What I love about this app is that your final image would still look natural, not over-edited. Afterlight is for my dreamy double exposure photos without the hassle of switching to Adobe Photoshop. It has some of the best vintage filters too so you may want to check that out. I'm obsessed with VSCOCAM that I even purchased some filters. The editing tools can certainly turn your boring pictures into stunning works of art. You just have to master and play around with it. I believe in the value of sharing so here's the filter I use on Instagram. I apply the same filter for each image to give that cohesive feel. Try it and let me know what you think!


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