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Bio: My name is Sandra (@sandelii) and I’ve been living between Germany and China for the last couple of years. My greatest passion is traveling, there’s so much out there to explore and experience. Trying to capture those moments is how I’ve discovered mobile photography for me. I’ve become keen of it after I discovered that Instagram is such a wonderful platform to meet the most amazing people all over the world.
Description: This photo was taken at on of my favorite spots in Shanghai, the Power Station of Art (@powerstationofart) which became a regular hang for little instameets. I had my umbrella with me this day since it was rainy outside and asked my friend to jump for me in front of this beautiful installation so it seems like he’s being taking away by the wind.
Process: The picture was taken with the native iPhone 4s camera. In order to create this unreal look I erased his shadow with Retouch and I used Snapseed to turn up brightness, contrast and sharpness. I also changed the color of the umbrella from pink to red so it’s a bit more manly. Finally I ran it through PS Express to reduce noise to make it more smooth. Tada!
Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, has approximately 1,2mi people and is one of the most livable places in the world. The city of bikes, welfare, hipsters and Michelin restaurants. Lately, the best way to discover Copenhagen is to follow these great feeds and enjoy the city with another eyes.
Article contributed by Camila Stadler Buschle @kindofcamila, Constructing Architect M.A.K.
Bio: My name is Lisa Zhang (@deviousstudios) and I’m an Australian living in Shanghai. I’m an architect by trade but started a blog way back in my university days as a visual diary to document my architectural studies, love for photography and fashion. Moving overseas and recently having to travel a lot for work has made me more aware of my surroundings and pushing me to see cities not just for their architecture but for its people, its culture and for its story and history. I aim to take as much photos as possible so that I am able to document the visual memories of each and every place I visit.
Description: Growing up in Australia I have BIG love for the seaside. I recently went back to Australia to work on a project. The first opportunity I got was to make my way to the beach and soak in life by the sea (something that is sorely living in Shanghai). This photo was taken at the infamous Icebergs Pool in Bondi. It was a pretty cold but calm day, so not many swimmers or surfers were out in the water. I noticed one man doing laps at the length of the pool which reminded of the swimming emoji hence the hashtag #emojisinthewild.
Process: This photo was taken on an iPhone 4s using the in built camera app. I then uploaded it into Snapseed to adjust and correct the tones of my photo. Snapseed also allows me to spot adjust brightness and contrast at certain points of my photos which gives me better control of colour/tone/brightness. In this case I spot bumped exposure to the white rim of the pool. I usually do this because having am image with even tonal and brightness means that when you apply a filter, it produces a much more consistent looking image. I always sharpen my images in the Snapseed just to give my images that extra bit of pop and clarity. I then exported it VSCO and using my go to filter of HB1 from the VSCO x Hypebeast Collection. I always crop to the 1:1 ratio as I have more control on where the centre of my image is. I then rotated my image until I was happy with the framing and there you have it!
A couple of months ago I got the idea to use my Instagram account as a sort of coffee diary chronicling my daily cup of jo while also providing a bit of a glimpse into my personal life. The fact that it’s not uncommon for me to have my phone in one hand and my coffee in another AND my profile was already called @cupajotogo led me to this obvious conclusion. Understandably I have been hunting for other kindred caffeine loving Instagrammers ever since. Here are my Top 10 so far…
@elephantgroundscoffee – A coffee shop based in Hong Kong with a quirky and talented crew behind the camera. While many coffee shops profiles are strictly commercial, I’ve enjoyed following this more personable feed… and their cafe looks cool.
@Coffeewithme – A talented Australian photo blogger who understandably has a large following. I feel I am learning from her and appreciate her point of view. She takes great shots, oftentimes with a cup of jo, and I notice she collaborates sometimes commercially with her community but with respectable subtlety.
@Wickedcoffee – A coffeeholic rocker chick with clever humorous quips and a talented camera trigger. Follow along as she shares her journey with a bit of badassery…
@Coffeenclothes – Folks from all over use the #coffeenclothes tag creating a great collection of pics with cool threads and coffee scenarios. Also, a great way to get some ig visibility.
@Bushwickcoffeeshop – A Brooklyn café with a lot of personality. It’s got a cool and artsy vibe with live music shows and you can just tell they’ve got the neighborhood shop love going on. I’ve never been to Brooklyn but the moment I do I’ll be lookin’ this place up.
@TASTEOFALOHA – A Hawaiian coffee connection reminding us constantly that coffee is a happy drink. They are often there first thing wishing you “Good morning” encouraging you how to start the day out right… with a smile and a cup of jo.
@coffeeinlove – A fellow coffee chronicler sharing her love of life and a good brew. She speaks in a language I do not know (anyone know what it is?) but I sense from her photos that we are on a similar Instajourney.
@BIGCITYCOFFEE – This list wouldn’t be complete unless I gave a shout out to one of my favorite local coffee shops. Big City Coffee, in my opinion, has the best Mocha in town (Boise, ID in case you were wondering) and pretty much anything you order there is BIG and crazy good. Where would coffee be without our local coffee shops?
@the.caffeine.club – A relatively new Kuwaiti feed inspiring coffee lovers across the globe reminding us that coffee is a global delicacy, not just a local love. Their oftentimes humorous yet romantic adoration of coffee makes me feel as if I’ve met a kindred spirit.
@Cupajotogo – And then there’s me. I want to build a fun community for those that enjoy coffee and life while inadvertently sharing mine. There’s something fulfilling about having something creative to do outside your normal sphere of life. Feel free to follow me on my journey – I’m not exactly sure where it will take me… Ideas welcome!
This list wasn’t meant to be comprehensive, but hopefully it was a springboard for discovery. I am still so new here and already I sincerely enjoy my Instagram community. I hope I have introduced you to something that will expand your universe a bit.
The popular app Fragment created by Pixite originally for iPhone and iPad has just been released on Google Play after months of requests from users over Twitter and Instagram. Fragment lets you see your photo through the lens of a prism, crystal or gem. The app bends and refracts your photo to create something totally new and surprising.
In this tutorial we’ll give you a brief overview of Fragment showing how to create stunning effects with your photos and very little effort.
Select a photo:
When you launch the app for the first time, you’re presented with three main options. Tap “Photo” to load an image from your device, “Camera” to take a photo and “Inspiration” to view work created by other artists using Fragment.
Once you select or take a photo, you’re given the option to crop your image. The four available aspect ratios are 1:1, 5:4, 3:2 and 16:9 as well as an option to load without cropping. When you choose an aspect ratio, an icon appears allowing you to rotate the orientation.
Once you’ve cropped as preferred, tap the arrow to confirm to move onto the editing screen.
Photo and Fragment manipulation:
On the next screen you’ll see your cropped ( or not cropped ) photo appear with a randomized Fragment and effect. You’ll be prompted to “Tap the shuffle button to get started”. This is a great way to get a quick look at what’s possible with Fragment. In some cases, you’ll end up with a very cool edit ready for sharing!
On the bottom you’ll see a collection of shapes. Tap or drag the shapes to browse through the collection.
Above the shape selector, there are four buttons. From left to right they are “Position Presets”, “Rotation Presets”, “Scale Presets” and “Shuffle”. These tools are great for precision placement. You can also drag to move the prism effect and pinch to scale and rotate.
At the top of the screen are three options. “X” to go back to the home screen and a checkmark to export or share your final edit. In the middle there is a blue circle which when tapped, toggles between Photo and Fragment editing. Fragment editing means your gestures on the screen will move the shape around. Photo editing means your gestures will move the photo within the shape. This toggle will also change what the preset buttons will affect. Play around and you’ll quickly get the hang of it.
In the bottom you see a grey arrow pointing up. Tap or swipe up to access the effects menu.
At the bottom you’ll see five icons, “Brightness”, “Contrast”, “Additive”, “Difference” and “Saturation”. Tap an icon to adjust that effect. Use the slider to edit the value. Negative values affect the Photo inside the shape while positive values affect the section of the Photo outside of the shape.
Drag the color swatches to apply a colorization effect. This only affects certain effects.
Tap the “Reset” button above the effect icons to reset them all to 0. Tap the “Shuffle” button to randomly select a shape and effect as on the shape selection screen.
Once you’re happy with your results, tap the checkmark to save, share, send to another app or “Refragment.” This option allows you to add an additional Fragment to your edit.
The creative options are limitless with Fragment. Minimally enhance your photos with a unique graphic embellishment, or use “Refragment” to layer on shapes and compose a complex and detailed edit.
Instagram can be the ultimate visual daydream and serve as a major inspiration source for professional and amateur photographers alike. But it’s not always easy to move past the overwhelming amount of #selfie, #gymflow, or #swag posts that sometimes dominate the popular photo sharing app. If your timeline could use an update and some major visual stimulation, be sure to check out these 10 talented Instagrammers creating innovative images with their phones.
Instagram name: @thuglifeforevs
With a penchant for color and arranging common (and sometimes unusual) things neatly, Emily Blincoe has what has to be one of the most inspired accounts on Instagram. The Texas native manages to consistently create next-level images in the simplest of ways – and isn’t that the making of any gifted artist?
Instagram Name: @Nazyxo
Residing in Zanzibar, Nasrin Suleiman beautifully captures the varied beauty of her country and culture. From the white sand beaches of Zanzibar Island to the talented local artisans creating one of a kind art in Stone Town, her account transports you to a breath-taking paradise that will leave you wanting more.
Instagram name: @Briannyongesa
Brian Nyongesa is a humanitarian and documentary photographer with one of those very rare feeds that make you stop aimlessly scrolling and pay attention. His work runs the gamut of documenting education initiatives, refugee camps, and devastation relief throughout the world; all the while still dignifying and humanizing his subjects.
Instagram Name: @dirtyyydan
After relocating from Miami to New York, Daniela Spector effortlessly captures the essence of New York in a refreshingly dynamic and romantic way. This cool girl is a master of lighting and her #stridebye captures are not to be missed. Be sure to also check out her #danslefthand hashtag which features minimalist images of her left hand interacting with a bevy of colorful and interesting objects.
Instagram name: @sanajaverikadri
Mumbai native Sana Javeri Kadri is one to follow for her beautiful images AND witty banter. Beside’s her knack for composition and color, what is most impressive is her ability to delightfully capture the spirit of each subject in the many portraits she takes.
With each beautifully captured dessert, it’s easy to assume that Farah Guy is a full time pastry chef, when she’s actually a doctor! But the inspiration does not end at her homemade pastries – be sure to check out this account for amazing landscape and nature photos, as well as great floral arrangement ideas. Plus, her cat is just the CUTEST.
Instagram Name: @visiterlafrique
Created and run by Cameroonian native Diane Audrey Ngako, this account is special because it features several incredible tourist destinations within Africa. From unique local market treasures in Congo and white sand beaches in Rwanda, to dancing with the Maasai Mara tribe of Kenya, this account does a great job of engaging its followers by showing both tourism opportunities as well as the beauty of every day life throughout the continent.
Instagram name: @connortd
How interesting and rare is it to find a photographer that makes minimalism look and adventurous? Well, Connor Dwyer is able to do just that. He is definitely not one to miss.
Instagram name: @ohmynessa
Vanessa Granda is a Miami native that takes full advantage of the beauty that surrounds her everyday life. With an affinity for street art, the talented photographer constantly finds new and creative ways to capture the best (and sometimes hidden) gems throughout her city.
Instagram name: @thiswildidea
Theron Humphrey is a photographer who captures his dog, Maddie the Coonhound, posing gracefully in the most impressive ways. While it is a wonder that Maddie is able to consistently pose with such poise and grace, what is most delightful is to feel the love and trust that is shared between this dynamic duo.
With passions in design and photography, Lee Litumbe is a Cameroonian by birth, American by upbringing, and nomad at heart with a deep-rooted appreciation for a well traveled, creative, and adventure filled life. For more of her work and travels, visit www.spiritedpursuit.com and follow her on Instagram @spiritedpursuit.
Instagram is getting increasingly popular within architecture. With this popularity, it has become a great way to get a daily dose of inspiration with front row seats on the perspectives of some of the most influential architects in the world.
Here are my top architects, architectural photographs and architectural news to follow on instagram:
1. Architizer, News @architizer
2. Julien De Smedt, Architect @juliendesmedt
3. Zaha Hadid, Architect @zaha_hadid
4. Michel Jojkind, Architect @rojkind
5. Vivien Wei Wei Liu, Architect @vdubl
6. Henning Lasen, Office @henninglarsenarchitects
7. MVRDV, Office @mvrdv
8. Snøhetta, Office @snohetta
9. Bjarke Ingels , Architect @bjarkeingels
10. Dezeen, News @dezeen
11. Archdaily, News @archdaily
12. Fernando Guerra,Architectural Photographer @fernandogguerra
13. Iwan Baan, Architectural Photographer @iwanbaan
14. Pedro Kok, Architectural Photographer @kokpedro
15. Tomas Koolhaas, Documentary shots , about his father, Rem Koolhaas @tomaskoolhaas
Article contributed by Camila Stadler Buschle @kindofcamila, Constructing Architect M.A.K.
Bio: My name is Megan McLellan @littlebrownfox and I reside in Vancouver, Canada. You can usually find me out adventuring, dropping my phone in a creek or the like. I love approaching photography rather haphazardly and not really planning too much. Just working with whatever my present surroundings happen to be, whether that be in my home, on a mountain top, or shooting a portrait.
Description: I took this photo at sunset after hiking up to Garibaldi Lake which is located in Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia. This was actually the first hike I ever did (when I was 6 years old) so it’s a pretty special place for me.
Process: This was taken on my iPhone 5s using the native camera app to shoot. For this shot I first used the @SKRWT app because I got the lines on the dock a little crooked! Then I took the photo into VSCO and bumped the exposure way up, and increased the temperature, contrast, and fade. I followed by adding a little bit of magenta to the highlights, and a touch of grain. Presto there you have it!
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