Saturday, 8 September 2012

Instagram Effects

Aloha Sprinklerinos,

As a lot of you with smart phones may know, there is a photo sharing social network app called Instagram which, in my humble opinion, is AMAZING.

My username on it is @Sprinkleofglitr (like my twitter) and I go on it, scroll through, 'like' things, comment on other images and upload my on photos multiple times a day. I think it's fair to say, I have an addiction.

At least once a day, I am asked what effects I use to make my pictures look the way they do and so I thought that this might help a lot of people who enquire (although I will continue answering on Instagram too for those that don't read this blog).





For images like the three above, I have simply used the filters that Instagram offers. I find these to be full and varied and enjoy the different warmths of colour you can create. You can really make images feel cosy. I tend to stick to 'Rise' (brightens the image with a buttery tone), 'X-pro II' (darkens round the edges and increases shadow depth) and 'Walden' (adds a cool tone). Once you have the app, you can play around and see which filters you find appealing and you'll develop your own insta-style. Oohhh, see what I did there? Haha.

After a while, you might want to spread your wings a bit from the Instagram-provided filters and stretch your wings a bit to something more fanciful.





You can create these filters and light effects by downloading an app called Picfx from the app store. I believe it is about £1.49 (app prices often vary over time) but I think it was money well spent. This app is simple pimple to use, has a huge array of filters and plenty of light effects to choose from. It also automatically crops your picture to instagram size so you can rest assured that whilst you are creating your masterpiece you won't loose any of it when you upload it. Instagram images are always square. 

I absolutely adore the sense of magic and whimsy you can add to your snaps with these effects. Even if you aren't on Instagram, you could buy this app and play with your existing pictures just for your own amusement. It certainly makes you feel like a little photographer!

 
 

And then there are all the other little tricks you can do on your phone to make interesting or fun instragram pictures. I'm sure there are a million and one different things you can do, but above I have features some of mine. 

The top picture is a collage I made on Nostalgio (this app was free when I downloaded it but I believe you have to pay for it now) and Picfx. I took a picture of myself (vain!), played with filters and saved 4 images that I liked the colours of, put the chosen 4 into Nostalgio in the collage format I liked (a simple quad) and tada! Uploaded to Instagram. I thought it looked a little pop-arty and I felt so artistic!

The second picture is a really simple way to share blog images (I use picmonkey.com to hlp with those) and all I did was hopped onto the internet on my phone and took a screenshot of my blog. By doing this you are sharing a sneak peak of your new blog post with your instagram audience and can let them know there is something new to read if they fancy it. It's a double bonus because you are playing on Instragram (which suits my addiction) and promoting yourself too! Yay!

The last image is a new app I have found and is a whole heap of fun! This is 'Tiny Planet' and it allows you to take any picture and turn it into a (as the name would suggest) tiny planet! It's not something I use on a lot of my photos as I tend to take a lot of close up pictures but I think it's really fun for far away shots and makes for interesting results!

As well as the artistic license that Instagram affords you, I really love that you can link up all your updates to other social networking platforms (facebook and twitter to name but two) as this allows you to share the joy a bit and also means you have more places to nose at other people's creations.

In summary, I'm an instragramaholic and like any good 'aholic'!

Are you on Instagram? Would you be interested in playing a little Instagram-Blog game with me? Feel free to leave your Instagram name below too.

Toodlepip!

xx

95 comments:

  1. I definitely use Instagram's effects to hide the fact that some of phones photos are a bit rubbish aha! It's a handy little thing.
    My instagram is @leighanneashton :) xx

    Violence & Fashion

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  2. Lovely post Louise! I love instagram too, my name is @wonderwall93 xo

    emilyannbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Rise and Walden are my favourites too! My name is @gill_x :)
    xxx

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  4. I use instragram and I follow you on there ^^ Mine is missbeautyholic <3

    http://missbeautyholic.blogspot.com/

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  5. This is irrelevant but i love that shimmer shade blush ive worn it every day this summer! Im new to smartphone-land but im already addicted to instagram! Thanks for writting this i think youve fuelled my addiction a bit now ! My insta-name is @yeschickie :-) x

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  6. i am instagram obsessed and i follow you already;) i love your instgram games but i never get them right, love this post xoxox

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  7. oh I love instagram (amy__mason) :)

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  8. Thank you for posting this! I've been interested in downloading An instagram app in a while so i will have to check that one out!! Those photos are beautiful too!

    Lashesandlaces.blogspot.co.uk

    Xx

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  9. I do love Instagram :D I hate how some people are really snooty about it though and think it's beneath them because it lets anyone take nice photos without a lot of photography knowledge. I, however, am obsessed with it. I want to download Picfx but if an app is over 69p I always think long and hard about it haha! If I saw something in the shops for £1.49 I wouldn't think twice, but because it's an app I take ages deliberating!

    My instagram name is @em_lysk

    xx

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  10. I have an instagram too! Just followed ya! :D @karengakutoyeo

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  11. I wishhhhh that Android had the good version of picfx (although the android version is free but not as good). I downloaded one called pixlr-o-matic and it has some really cute filters and things to add to your pics :) Just helping all the android-ers out there!
    My instagram name is Jacquina92.
    xoxo

    www.jazzyleelbc.blogspot.co.uk.

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  12. I love editing photos! I have a countless amount of editing apps on my iPhone! :)
    please check out my blog if you have time thank you! <3
    sashamarie101.blogspot.com

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  13. Thankyou for doing this, I wondered how you always had such great instagrams :) downloading all the apps you mentioned now!
    my instagram is: poppy839

    Poppy
    letsdrivefaraway.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Only just Instagram and loving it so far! Think I will have to download that app. My name is @honeygolightly :)

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  15. Love using Instagram too, it makes your photos look so fabulous with those effects!
    love the Tiny Planet app, definitely going to check that one out.

    http://bravebrunette.blogspot.com

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  16. my instagram is @emmak_25
    glossyboutique.blogspot.com

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  17. Instagram seems a bit big and scary to me at the mo, I think I'll download Picfx though! Hey, I'm a poet and I didn't even know it! lol

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  18. This is a really good post - I've wondered what effects you used before.

    I am addicted to instagram... it feels weird if a day goes by without taking a new photo! My username is @eversojuliet x

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  19. Cool post! You're one of my favorite instagrammers :) I have instagram (@ericaefff), but I only have it on my iPad as I don't yet have an iPhone :( lol! One day!

    http://abundanceoferica.blogspot.ca

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  20. instagram is gemlalaa

    Thank you for this post! Always wondered how you got the pretty twinkly effects! :) xx

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  21. My instagram is @whatabeautyblog (warning; I'm slightly cat obsessed :S!)

    Fab post - as always! Rachel from www.whatabeauty.co.uk x

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  22. Thank you for this post :)
    My phone is a smart phone but doesn't support instagram! It's such a bummer! I know I'd love it...

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  23. Love it! I am completely obsessed too!

    Instagram: momentsunexpected

    www.momentsunexpected.com

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  24. I really like following people on Instagram, maybe even more than Twitter ! I love watching those tiny bits of life :) My instagram is @Lyl0 (with a zero)

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  25. I love the shoes and the one picture times 4 with different affects...that came out really pretty...cute post! :) RoRos World

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  26. I wish I had a smart phone, I get so envious of everyone's instagramming and snazzy snaps!
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk/

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  27. I adore instagram! My username is @hellomadalyn. :)

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  28. Thanks for the tips! I've just started a blog and need all the help I can get for making my snaps look snazzy.

    http://classybirdy.blogspot.co.uk

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  29. Thankyou for doing a post about this, i have instagram and love it but i have been trying to find the love hearts effect for ages!! Now i know i can't wait to buy it!!
    My instagram is @amylouise2107

    http://brightershade2107.blogspot.co.uk/

    Amy x

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  30. Love instagram!

    thebeautymist.blogspot.com

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  31. This makes my wait for the new iPhone seem even longer... ahh! But in a good way, as I'll be able to do all of this and follow your instagram :) great post x

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  32. Ohh, Instagram! I did my account (@cristiland) a year ago and this summer I got addicted!! Very bad haha. If I’m not uploading photos, I can spend a lot of time just watching other photos, liking and commenting. Haha Nice post!

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  33. I love Instagram, also the slippers look so comfy! Saw the haul video and I didn't realise there were specific maternity slippers, sounds like a money making scheme to me but still they are so adorable!

    nicoohlala73.blogspot.co.uk

    xx

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  34. Hi Louise, I just wanted to let you know that I love love love your blog and videos. It takes me 1.5 hours one way to go to work by train, and I watch your videos to survive! I really enjoy your monthly favourites / empties and haul so much. Just to let you know that there's your fan in Japan! hehe have a nice weekend!


    The beauty maniac in Tokyo


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  35. I LOVE Instagram!

    http://loraphilp.blogspot.co.uk/

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  36. I love instagram and playing about with all the different effects :D xx

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  37. Great post! I am obsessed with Instagram too! It's so much fun! :)) My username is @RosyChicc.

    XO,
    http://www.rosychicc.blogspot.com/

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  38. Aw what a good post! I love making the pictures look warm and adding light bubbles and hearts xx

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  39. Lovely photos! I love your Instagram photos! :D x

    http://fashionandbeautybyhelena.blogspot.com/

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  40. I love your instagram photos :)

    Sophierosehearts x

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  41. i love your slippers!

    http://beauty-fashion-crush.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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  42. arr you're feet look all diddy and cute in those slippers, hehe :)

    i love instagram too, i use 'pixlr-o-matic' for funky effects and 'photo shake' to put a group of pics into one - they're both freeee :)

    my instagram is @xtiffyxx

    xtiffyxx - reviews, opinions & life
    xxx

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  43. I follow you on there! Mine is @rubyevans

    summerofwonders.blogspot.com

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  44. mine is @eleanorcos
    and i will definitely be trying out these apps! tiny planet looks so good!!
    xxx
    http://eleanorcos.blogspot.com/

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  45. I LOVE instagram too! It's very addicting. There's a lot of photo snobs who think it's ruining photography, but they need to lighten up, they probably just feel a bit threatened...Instagram is new, fun, and here to stay! :)

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  46. i love these posts that you have been doing lately

    xx

    http://ravingbeautyx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  47. In love with your slippers! So adorable <3

    crepechiffon.blogspot.co.uk

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  48. I'm new to Instagram but already addicted!

    My Instagram is @tiffany_akins

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  49. I'm a newbie Instagramer @clare_milly AND a newbie Blogger too! Xx

    mylifespleasures.blogspot.com

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  50. I'm your 17,000 follower! I want an iphone for the photo affects alone. aaand I need those slippers as well. I'm your needy 17,000th follower :) xx

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  51. Stunning post! Your blog is adorable <3 Would you maybe like to follow eachother?
    Love, Anne

    www.movieanne.com

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  52. Hey Anne,i'd like to follow you..Follow me back?:)

    www.dreamingisbelievingreally.blogspot.com

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  53. I'm also addicted to Instagram my photos are just full of my little boy hehe proud mummy alert. Also Picfx is the only app ive ever paid for

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  54. Hello Louise! I'm an instragramaholic too!!! I find myself spending time on it a bit too much sometimes...

    And games?! Oh I do love games! After all I am soon to be a teacher! :) @consuelo_ZG

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  55. Arghhhhh So blinking addicted to Instagram! My username is emsmcs and there is a link to my blog on there where I do an Instagram post to round up my week every Sunday. I mainly picture flowers, nature, old architecture and beauty products with a spattering of my soon to be 3 year old daughter :) Fun times! Much love x

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  56. I've never used instagram but i've heard a lot of good things about it. I really like the picture with four of you in different colours and that drink and the strawberries look delicious! xx

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  57. HELLO MY NAMES ALICE AND I'M AN INSTAGRAMAHOLIC.
    my instagram is @aliceghowarth and i'm addicted to it ;)

    confessionsofablogwriter.blogspot.co.uk

    :)xx

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  58. I use the pickmonkey website to edit my photos too :) Such a lovely editing site. I also use SuperPhoto for my instagram photos, was free and then I paid 69p for like 100 textures including all the pretty lights and stuff! Great post Louise :) xx

    http://belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  59. Great pictures and effects!

    Lauren,
    Laurensbeautydepartment.blogspot.com

    xx

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  60. I am so in love with instagram! Another app that does those same light effects as Picfx is called bokehful, and it's free!
    my instagram is @taymurph
    xx

    taylahmurph.blogspot.com.au

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  61. :( Unfortunately some nasty thief stole my iphone so Im currently out of instagram it's a pity and i miss it!!! xxxx lizmaria3012.blogspot.it

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  62. Louise I know you've been told a million times but your blog is amazing, creative, inspiring and every other super adjective there is. This latest post is perfect for tech newbies like myself who haven't grown up surrounded by mobile phones and the internet. I searched for evening classes on blogging/instagram etc but learnt more from this one post than anywhere else! As so many others do, I'm going to request that you do another tutorial type post - in fact please make this an ongoing feature. Could you cover how to use eblogger, rules re. using photos from other sites (I thought you couldn't do that as it used up their web space or something - see no tech knowledge whatsoever!)and any other internet/mobile phone/tech news you think would benefit those of us just starting to enter your 'Wonderland' of blogging. p.s please write a book about your journey, tips and creative ideas. Angela x

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  63. A instagram Blog Game. Yay! :)) my name: @li0mi

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    1. Btw after it was mentioned that often on instagram below your pictures this post was "the final call". I'm downloading picfx in this very second. :D

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  64. SOOO Cute pics!!!! Great work!!!!
    Follow me? http://chiccupcake1.blogspot.com
    -JEN

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  65. Good Blog, Louise! My instagram name is Shezzaree. For my sparkly effects on pictures I use PixlrOmatic. and best of all its free! going to follow you on instagram now :) x

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  66. Thanks Louise! my instagram is @funlover98 I would love for you to check it out!

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  67. Great post Louise! I follow you on Instagram and I'd love it if you would check me out (oo-er) on there - my username's carlatiger :)

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  68. I love Instagram! @kathryne_xoxo

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  69. i tried the strawberries and melted milkybar at the weekend - it was amazing!! you have changed my life lol

    http://luxloves.blogspot.co.uk/

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  70. Such a helpful post Louise, I'm getting an IPhone soon, I'm sure this will come in as a handy little guide! x

    at-rubik.blogspot.com

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  71. Love this make up collection its seems to be pretty well fascinating.

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  72. Loving your blog Louise. My instagram is @Imamummyof3

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  73. Love your Instagram Louise, I already follow you :) Have you tried frametastic for collages? It is the easiest app in the world to use! I love picfx too - I just updated mine and loving the new effects :)
    My Instagram is @kayleighjcouture if you ever fancy popping by! It would make my day :)

    Kayleigh
    xxx.

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  74. Loving these tips :) just downloaded tiny planet!
    My instagram is @iidaxx

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  75. love the hair :D


    89lisa.blogspot.ie

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  76. Your one of my favourite people to follow on instagram really do love all of your photo's.

    http://modaebella.blogspot.co.uk

    x

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  77. I'm following you on Instagram. I love it :) xxx

    http://jeminixlife.blogspot.com

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  78. I really love the different effects you can use on Instagram, there amazing! :) im following you too! :)

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  79. Hey Louise! I use instagram loads too, but I have an android phone and you have to pay for picfx :( also, I really love your blog and YouTube channel, I love how honest you are and how you're not afraid to talk about things which other YouTubers avoid. Please continue posting and filming, you'll keep lots of people very happy! Emily xx
    http://emilyblogalot.blogspot.co.uk

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