Thursday, May 23, 2013

Instagram: An Unexpected Love

I was over the moon when my parents bought me an iPhone as a birthday/Christmas present last year. A phone that could have internet?!?! (don't judge...I am often behind the times) The last feature I thought I would fall in love with was the camera. My previous phones produced less than stellar quality photos, so I wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised and now I am so grateful to have this little camera on hand at all times. 

Initially, I was hesitant to try the photo app called Instagram. I had heard of the image rights policy uproar and didn't quite know what to make of it. So why did I give in? Honestly, I am just using Instagram to capture some behind-the-scenes of my daily life and to remind myself of special memories. It is nice to have a place to share these shots with my family, so I personally think it is well worth it. However, that is up to the individual to decide!

You can follow me @eclaireart if you would like to see future photos. As expected, Yui has become a common subject. :) If you don't have Instagram, you can view my album by clicking here or on the button that looks like this (which will always be in the upper right hand corner of my blog): 
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Why I love Instagram:

* I DON'T HAVE TO EDIT THE PHOTOS!!! Spending hours at the computer editing photos can sometimes take the joy out of photography for me. I love that I can just snap the photo and then upload it right away.

* It is honestly refreshing to use the square format. It almost feels like I have to be more creative to capture a square rather than the usual landscape vs. portrait options.

* I can upload the photos to Faceboook without actually having to get ON Facebook. I try to spend as little time as possible on there. It is more important to be enjoying life than living on a computer!

* Filters are actually pretty neat and fun to mess around with. I used to consider them over-the-top and somewhat tacky with regular photography, but it feels somehow different for Instagram photos. Perhaps because they resemble old Polaroids and it gives them a retro look?

* Instagram has a fantastic community filled with tons of creative and imaginative people. I have seen so many inspirational shots on there. What are you waiting for? Check it out!


  1. Another plus is spontenaity and not having to haul around a heavy professional camera, lenses, equipment and bag!

    1. Whew, absolutely! That equipment can get heavy!

  2. I confess my love of instagram also (and the fun filters). I love that I can tweet and post to facebook...after all a picture says a thousand words, so what better way to share the moment?

    1. Very true! I am so glad you are enjoying taking photos. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting, Rhonda. :)