Today Facebook announced its acquisition of Instagram, a social media based photography app, in a $1 billion deal.
Instagram, which has a solid community of over 25 million users, will increase its integration with Facebook but, will continue to be branded separately, according to TechCrunch.com.
Facebook is losing its touch. Users are getting annoyed with constant updates and changes to the layout of the site. It’s more complicated to share your information and the site itself is glitchy. It’s no surprise to me that Zuckerberg made the choice to buy Instagram.
With a strong following and community-based activities, like photo walks, Instagram is bringing people back together from the virtual world, while Facebook is making it harder to connect.
It will be an interesting story to follow. Who knows what’s next. Maybe we will start seeing ads on Instagram; maybe it will stay the same.
Tonight my friend introduced me to a new iPhone app called Cinemagram. Similar to Instagram in interface, Cinemagram allows you to mix still photos with video. And the best part—it’s free.
I have been thinking about how I could share video and this app is the perfect solution. In the example below, I started with a well lit area that had a clearly definable area of movement. I filmed the entire flush and then chose the three second portion that I wanted to feature.
Created with cinemagr.am
Once I had my clip, I used an iPhone stylus to draw a mask over the area of motion that I wanted to highlight. There are several filters that you can add after to change the look of your entire GIF (basically a GIF for the iPhone). They are similar to the filters on Instagram.
When your done, you can post your GIF on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr all with a tap on the screen.
This app hasn’t been around long and I have already seen some amazing work. I highly recommend checking this app out; it is the future of mobile photography.
David Baer’s (@david_baer) passion for mobile photography blossomed after a trip to Las Vegas, NV in May 2011, when he purchased his first iPhone accessory: a $110 telephoto lens. Since then, he has become an active Instagram user—an iPhone app used to post and share photos with friends.
When he isn’t working his normal day job as an electrician, he is posting pictures and learning about the newest iPhone photo editing apps, which he shares with his Instagram community, @igerssv. Listen to hear more!