For smartphone users who may not be familiar with this feature on Instagram (IG), I’d like to use this posr as an opportunity to introduce the world of IG filters.
I confess that I overlooked these filters for a long time, not realising their true potential. But, with the incredible advancements in smartphone technology, I think it’s time to give them a second look and see just how effective they can be.
Meet Instagram’s Filter Selection
Do you know Instagram has 25 filters that can help transform you favourite photo into something mysterious, dramatically murky or the perfect sunshine-y day? Thanks to the 52 Assignments book by Adam Juniper I discovered a lot about them.
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A survey done by Hubspot states that the five most popular filters are:
Instagram Filter Tips
Instagram’s filters are more a set of adjustments already loaded into the app, almost like a photo editing ‘preset’ which saves a lot of time and makes your changes instant.
To show how effective these adjustments can be, the assignment in the book showcases a series of landscapes treated with IG filters. They demonstrate how amazing, atmospheric or simply weird the changes can be.
I am not big on landscape photography but I do, do cats! The first image I post here is, like the others, on Instagram under DashKittenPhotos and began life as a digital image with no cropping or filters. As Instagram uses a square format I resized Harvey’s rectangular image, then I added my choice of filters.
I used three filters before I posted the image:
- A touch of Warmth
- A boost of the Saturation
- I finished with the Vignette Effect.
How to Add an Instagram Filter
- Select your photograph
- Tap ‘Next’
- Look at the bottom of your screen to see the filters.
- Scroll along to select a suitable filter.
- Tap ‘Edit’ if you want to adjust the flter.
- Press ‘Next’ to continue to post.
Filter Tips Urban Landscape
I decided to add a New Zealand themed image because it allowed me to use a filter I had not tried before.
The iconic and unique building here is the New Zealand seat of Government, known as the ‘Beehive’ due to its shape. The exterior was designed by Basil Spence a Scottish architect who also worked on Coventry Cathedral.
- I straightened the crooked photograph on my smartphone,
- Then added Filters option to add Lark for a really vivid blue sky. The sky was definitely not this dreamlike blue in the original photograph.
Pushing Your Own Filters
I was curious how the Instagram filters would cope with an image already filtered, so before I posted Silver’s photograph, I used the Photo Lab app to create a raindrop effect in black and white. It looks interesting so I added it to IG to see what layers of filters can do.
- I used Edit > Brightness > Vignette so that Silver’s face is strongly featured in the image. The Vignette filter adds a subtle dark edge. I admit I love the effect!
With filters, I believe it is a case of developing your own tastes that fit with the identity you want to display on either on Instagram, or to fit with your brand or the way you want to be seen. Investigate and try each filter to see which ones appeal most and then using them consistently if you want to present a certain image or style.
Do you use filters on Instagram?
- Join the journey in DashKittenPhotos account on Instagram.
- Check my easy to follow tutorial on another free app Snapfish