Out with the old, in with the new! Alternatives to Instagram
Since I live under a rock when it comes to any kind of news, I learned about Instagram being purchased by Facebook from Luna V. I suggest you google up information about this purchase so you can have all of your ducks in a row. I personally have decided to delete my account. At least for now, until I see what direction things will go.
Now if you’re like me and you
need want a replacement for Instagram, you don’t really have to go far. Searching the app store you can find quite a few photo programs. I’ll be quickly going over a few. Hopefully this will be of some help to you. I’ve personally tried Hipstamatic, Camer+ and Pixlr-o-matic. The other few I’m going to mention I found by googling and browsing the app store.
Hipstamatic This is pretty popular. I don’t think I need to go into a bunch of detail but here is some info. Histamatic is pretty handy. I generally take my photos with it and post the photos through another program. In Hipstamatic you can purchase different films, flashes, lenses and camera faces. It has two different flashes a soft and hard flash. You have tons of options with this app, between the films and lenses. You can double tap the little screen to open up a full size screen that you just tap anywhere to take a picture. This is my favorite feature. Hipstamatic can be shared to facebook, twitter, instagram, tumblr and flickr. It has no friends feed.
Pixlr-o-matic Is a super fun photo app. There are endless effects and borders. It comes with a buttload of them, but you can also get more for free straight from the app. With the effects you can turn it black and white, make it more warm, make it look oldschool, there are tons of colors and styles to choose from. Tom is a bad ass black and white effect and Roxy/Ronnie are two of my favorite color effects. Now you have overlays. These are fun. You can add bokeh, and all sorts of light effects to your photo. You can also make your photo look super old by adding scratches and what not. The borders are pretty awesome. Peri and Sloppy are my favorite borders. You can share photos from Pixlr-o-matic to your photo library, itunes, facebook, flickr, imm.io, dropbox and you can email them.
Camera+ Now if you thought Pixlr-o-matic had a lot of options then you’re going to love Camera+. Hokay. There are literally hundreds of options in Camera+. Let’s see. We have scenes which are your standard photo editing tools, clarity, auto, flash, cloudy, etc. Which adjust you can turn the photo to the right or left or flip it horizontally or vertically. You can also crop your photos either with preset shapes or you can freeform crop it. Now you have fx effects. You can choose from color, special, retro and I analog. Each one has their own different filters. You can also choose your borders. You have simple borders or styled. Alrighty. When you take photos from the app itself you have touch exposure, 6x zoom, continuous flash, touch focus and advanced shooting modes. It’s pretty awesome. You can share to email, text message, create a web link, facebook, twitter or flickr. No friends feed.
PicYou PicYou is almost an Instagram doppelganger. It pretty much works the same way, however it has a fewmore filters and pro filters. It looks like you can purchase pro filters for $.99. If you want something close to Instagram then this would be your best bet. It’s a pretty simple camera/photo editor, with some filters and frames. You can share your photos to facebook and twitter. Has a friends feed.
EyeEm So this is an interesting app. When you first sign in and load up the app it looks like another Instagram type app. However you quickly find out that it’s not. When taking a photo you can swipe left or right and it changes the filters right there while taking a photo. If you swipe up and down it changes borders. So that’s pretty neat. You can adjust your photo without have to take it first. Now when you load a photo you’ve already taken, you can adjust the filter and border as normal. When you get ready to share your photo you can tap on add topic and you can select pre-made topics or you can type your own. With EyeEm you can share with facebook, twitter, tumblr, flickr and foursquare. Has a friends feed.
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I may have found my new love. Just go download it. Seriously. Okay I’ll list a few awesome things. IT HAS SCREEN TOUCH CAMERA OMG. The main reason I use Hipstamatic is because I can tap the screen to take a photo instead of trying to press that damn little button to take a photo. Seriously I fail at it. Okay… It has image stabilization, slow burst, fast burst, timer and interval when taking a photo. When you edit a photo you have awesomize that adjust sharpness, temperature, vibrance and contrast. It has fx presets, filters, textures and frames. There is so much awesome I can’t even tell you. You can set up 1-tap share, which allows you obviously to hit share and it shares to all the places you set up for it to share. Aaaaand you can share to smugmug, facebook, twitter, flickr, picasa, photobucket, youtube and tumblr. Oh also you can take videos with it. I don’t even wanna add any more apps. This one is so awesome. No friends feed.
Photo Editor by Aviary Aviary is like a clean, spruced up version of Instagram. You can either take a photo, or get a photo from your camera roll. You can edit your photo with enhance, effects, frames, stickers and orientation. It comes with preset effects and you can also purchase new ones for $.99. I wish it had a friends feed, but it doesn’t.
Flickr So I had absolutely no idea that Flickr had an app for my phone. Out of all the photo apps I’ve tried up there^. this is the prettiest interface. Gah it is. I’ve had a flickr account for ages but I decided to skip the pro account for now. Uh I think I may be starting back up. Okay besides having an awesome interface it pretty much has most of the features when using the web version of flickr. When adding a photo on your phone it allows you to use a few filters. Also when you upload you can choose to share on facebook, twitter, tumblr and email. You can also choose to browse your contacts and group photos. It’s pretty much web flicker on crack for your phone. I would list all of the features but you can just brows regular flickr for that.
Okay typing done for the month. I hope this is a little helpful to someone. Now I have to go through my phone and remove the photo apps I won’t use. BLOOD. SWEAT AND TEARS I tried all the apps.