If you don’t know what Instagram is, it’s a free photography app that works with just about any smartphone. It lets you take a photo, then crops it down to a square and lets you add a cool filter on top; and then, the app publishes the photo into the Instagram community. Basically, you take the photo and Instagram does all the heavy lifting. It’s fantastic.
My father and I recently took a week-long road trip from Boston to Portland. Both of us are serious photographers, and each of us brought along enough equipment to start our own traveling camera store. However, once the road-trip exhaustion set in (a.k.a. after the first 5 hours of driving), we were both too tired to rummage through the back, find our monster cameras and set up a shot. Instagram, in all its camera-phone glory, was the perfect solution for us. While he was shooting on his iPhone, I was shooting on my iPod Touch and iPad. We could quickly pull out our respective devices, shoot easily while driving and then upload them immediately. Because the Instagram community allows friends and loved ones to “follow” you, everyone who was waiting to welcome us home (and the friends I’d left back in Boston) were able to keep up with our journey as it was happening.
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