With the advent of smartphones and mobile apps, we all have the ability to take some pretty awesome photos without having to buy a ton of equipment or, and this is the best part, have any actual talent. The latter really plays well to my lack of strengths. Enter the Instagrams.
Instagram is the most popular of the mobile photography apps. Just ask Facebook! Instagram is a small company with roughly a dozen employees, give or take, and no actual revenue stream, yet Facebook just bought it for a billion dollars. That’s over a billion dollars more than I have ever paid for anything (adjusted for inflation). Why did they spend so much? Because Instagram has over 30 million users. No matter how you do the math that equals a lot.
Why are so many people using Instagram? I can’t speak for everyone, but I use it because it allows me to take pictures on my iPhone and make them look like I’m being artsy and “have an eye for that” or whatever the kids are saying these days.
Instagram, thanks to its many filters, has a way of capturing moments and immediately making them into memories. It’s like magic on an iPhone, which to be fair, is also like magic. Some of my favorite family photos, namely the pictures of my kids in the wild, have been taken with (or adjusted by) Instagram. I’m pretty happy with the digital family photo album that I’m creating.
Want some examples? Of course you do! Please enjoy these Instagram pictures of my kids:
What about you? Do you use smartphones or Instagram for your family photos? Why or why not?
Whit Honea can be found writing about whatever he feels like at his personal site Honea Express (Honea sounds like pony) and DadCentric. If you’re really bored you can follow him on the Twitter (his opinions are his own and do not reflect those of Babble or most rational people).
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