Photo Tips and Tricks
Some filters don't have borders (like Amaro, Rise and Valencia), and the remaining filters all come with standard borders. Now you have the option to turn borders on and off to fit the mood and aesthetic of your photo:
- Take a photo or choose one saved on your phone
- Choose the filter you want to apply to your photo
- Tap the square above the filter to turn the border on or off
To add the blur/tear drop/tilt shift effect to your photo:
- Take a photo or choose a photo saved on your phone.
- Select the drop icon
- Choose linear ( – ) or radial ( o ) tilt shift.
- Drag or tap the double lines (linear) or circle (radial) to the area of your photo where you want to use the effect. Anything you see in the translucent white will become blurred once you lift your finger from the screen.
- To remove the tilt shift effect, go to the drop icon and select x.
Note: On Apple iOS phones, tilt shift was included as of V1.14 and works on phones running iOS 4.2.1 or later. On Android phones, tilt shift was included as of V1.1.0 and works on select supported phones.
Lux works its magic by making your photos more vibrant and bringing out details you couldn't see before. Once you've taken a photo or uploaded a saved photo from your phone, just tap the sun symbol in the camera view to turn Lux on. If you have the most up-to-date version of the iOS app, use the slider to adjust the contrast and saturation of your photo.
Note: The Lux feature isn't available on all Android phones.
- Tap to open the straightener and then tap to rotate the image by 90 degrees
Here’s an easy way to save your own photo if you forgot to turn your Save Original Photos setting on:
- From your profile, tap (iPhone and Windows Phone) or(Android) below the photo you want to save
- Tap Copy Share URL
- Open your phone's browser and paste the URL to open the photo’s webpage
- Tap and hold the photo until the options menu pops up
- Choose to save the photo to your phone
Keep in mind that you can't save other people's photos to your phone right now. People own the rights to their images, so we're unable to allow you to save another person's photo without their permission. You can share a link to a photo uploaded by another person via Twitter.
Instagram photos are now available on the web! Web profiles are available at: instagram.com/[username].
You can also view your photos on third-party sites that have been created using the official Instagram API. Here are some sites and apps:
- Printstagram (posters, printers, stickers, books)
- CanvasPop (canvas printing)
- Postagram (postcards)
- Keepsy (books)
- Stickygram (magnets)
- Teeny Tile (tile magnets)
- Blurb (books)
Note: If you don't have an Instagram account, you'll need to sign up before you can authenticate with any API sites/apps that ask you to log in with an Instagram account.
- Go to meetup.com/instagram and find an InstaMeet™ meetup going on in your city, then click “Count me in.” If you don’t see an upcoming event in your hometown, start one!
- Help spread the word on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and wherever else you can! (See below for more tips.)
- Join up with other Instagrammers on your city’s meetup day, get inspired and make new friends!
Things to remember
- Keep it simple: The goal is to get other Instagrammers together to meet one another, so meeting in a bar or park is a great option for your first InstaMeet meetup. There’s always time to organize more elaborate meetups!
- Don’t be afraid to start small: Two or three people is still a meetup!
- Check out our blog to see photos from InstaMeet events around the world.
Ideas for your meetup
- Meet at a bar or park: Start casually and discuss your favorite filters and photo techniques with other Instagrammers.
- Photowalk: Pick a route in your city and spend an hour or two snapping photos with other Instagrammers.
- Scavenger Hunt: The NYC Instagram crew organized a photo scavenger hunt–over 50 people participated, snapping photos of everything from “someone eating a hot dog” to “5 or more strangers in a conga line.”
Spread the Word
- #instameet: Use the #instameet tag on all photos/tweets you share related to your InstaMeet meetup.
- #instameetyourcity: Also use a city-specific tag, such as #instameetlondon, so that you can keep track of all posts related to your city’s InstaMeet meetup on Instagram.
- Make an announcement: Post a note to Instagram/Twitter/Facebook that you want to have a meetup in your town and @ mention users you follow in your city. Phoster is a great app for creating notes to share to Instagram.
- Ask others to share: After you post your announcement, encourage others to reshare the image with their followers (after you post the photo, tap on iPhone oron Android below the photo to copy the Share URL, and then paste that URL in a comment on your photo).
- Find Instagrammers in your city: When you add a location tag in Instagram to your photos you can click on that location to see other images posted there. You can also search hashtags to see if places near you are mentioned. Talk to the people who’ve posted at the same spots as you and direct them to your city’s meetup page.
The Instagram blog is chock-full of helpful tips for taking, editing and sharing great photos. We've compiled a helpful list of some of our more popular items:
- Auto Exposure/Auto Focus Lock (iPhone)
- Tap to Focus (iPhone and Android ICS or later)
- Light Bokeh (intentional blurring)
- Rule of Thirds Grid (iPhone)
- Using High Dynamic Range (HDR)