Creating a Picture on Instagram in an Instant

By Robin Aurelius posted May 17, 2016 14:59


Get Social with EWGARemember the Polaroid camera? It was the first instant gratification medium in photography. It was introduced in 1947 and it took 34 years before the next big leap to occur. Sony introduced the Mavica (Magnetic Video Camera) digital camera for public use in 1981. The Mavica was unique in that images were stored on a floppy disc inside the camera.  In 2008, Apple introduced the first iPhone. From there, the era of selfies began and photography hasn't been the same since. 

Instagram is a popular social community based around pictures. Instagram Photo WindowWe discussed downloading the Instagram app last week. This week, how do you upload a picture on the app.

First, open the Instagram app from your smartphone or tablet. (1) Tap the photo (camera icon) on the bottom of the screen.

(2)The next option is choosing from Library, Photo or Video.

Library, is the items stored on your device.To upload a photo from your phone's library, tap Library at the bottom of the screen and select the photo you'd like to share. Photo will take a picture instantly (without having to open the camera icon). To take a picture, tap . To switch between front and rear-facing cameras, tap and to turn the flash on or off, tap . The last option is to create a video. It uses the same options as the photo. Prior to last week, video lengths were 15 seconds. With the new Instagram upgrade, 1 minute videos can be created.

Once you have chosen your image, choose Next at the top of the screen. This brings you to a screen with three different options.

Filters (or effects), Lux or Tools. Filters There are 41 different filters that can be used on Instagram, each with a uniquly different name (dogpatch, brooklyn, valencia, etc.). Play with them to find the one that is perfect for your photo. If you click on Manage (at the end of the filters list) you can add or remove filters from your list. 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. Finally, the tools icon opens up many different options: adjust, brightness, contrast, structure, warmth, saturation, color, fade, highlights, shadows, vignette, tilt shift, and sharpen. To find out a more in depth dive into these tools, follow this link.

When you have edited your photo to your liking, tap Next on top of screen.

Share post on instagram(4) This is the area where you create captions, tags, locations and connect to other social networks. The Caption works very much like Facebook. You enter your text and hashtags. The beauty about Instagram is you can place unlimited hashtags.

To tag people in your photo as you're sharing it:

  1. Tap Tag People from the Share screen.
  2. Tap on someone in the photo.
  3. Start entering their name or username and select them from the dropdown menu. If you don't see the person you're looking for, tap Search for a person.

To add your location:

  1. Tap Add Location.
  2. Find your location in the suggestions or search for the location and select it.
  3. Tap Share.

Finally, you can add a post to other social networks that will link back to your Instagram post. It will require your password for the other social network to which you are posting. Once you have finished all of the above, click Share. Congratulations, you have posted your first Instagram!