Everyone's all stressed about Instagram's new terms of service, and, as a journalist, I don't know if I should upload work-related photos to Instagram anymore. Who do those photos belong to? Me? My company? Instagram? Google? God? Who cares?
I've been experimenting with other easy, free/cheap photo filters to replace Instagram.
The key: It must be a one-button instrument and quick enough to be realistic in a psycho-busy day. The problem is, I really love Instagram's filters and no one has yet found a way to replace "walden" in my heart.
Side note: I know there are questions about the ethics and professionalism of using photo filters in newspapers to begin with. I am not talking about turning a city council photo into retro with distressed edged. I'm talking about photos for blogs and social media. And how, when done right, a consistent style of photos can enhance the mood and energy of a website.
Like Boulder blogger, Oh Sweet Joy.
|Case in point.|
This is what I want to do. How do I do that?
I've been playing with a photo of me and Colorado Daily editor Christy Fantz, who just so happened to be wearing the same uniform as me to work today.
The verdict: Too forced or something. I didn't like any of the filters. No app - online only. A messy website.
Using the Vintique app
The verdict: Maybe. Better for b&w filters. Good potential.
The verdict: Why does Instagram force me to crop my uploaded photos? No, dude.
Some of her recommendations?
The verdict: Only five filters to choose from? A little bare.
The verdict: Well, first of all, no way to rotate a photo. Pros: You don't have to create a profile. Cons: Boring filters, other than this Sin City filter, which would maybe be cool if it were not sideways.
The bottom line: I still haven't found my favorite app to replace Instagram.Have you? Please share!