I took this iPhone shot of a taco food truck in Austin, with the idea that it was going to be on Instagram. I didn’t crop out the telephone pole, because I knew the square cropping would take care of it.
One tip for Instagram: don’t use their “lens.” Use the one on the phone. Or, you can always use your expensive DSLR and import the photos into your phone. But where’s the fun in that? Working with challenging limitations is what iphoneography’s all about.
For this instagram, I used the PhotoToaster app for a square crop, then applied one of the “Supreme” filters that includes a “torn” frame. I think the slightly shabby frame suits the subject matter. When it comes to traditional photography, I don’t do much tinkering, so I like the more creative aspects of Instagram.
Later that night, we were crossing the street and I liked the light on the same truck (different angle this time). I almost never use the iPhone at night because I’m often disappointed with the results, but decided to risk it this time. I used PhotoToaster to crop again, and then applied the “Toy Story” filter. I like the blurred edges, which help disguise the less-than-perfect resolution of the original.
Once in a great while, I’ll use a PhotoToaster filter, then another one provided by Instagram, but usually I use one or the other. You can really go crazy with filters, but I don’t like muddying up the original too much. I’ve just started using the Snapseed app and it looks amazing.
Great weekend, everyone!