Media: Instagram App

Instagram, a social photo-sharing app that allows users to apply art-inspired filters to pictures they take on their iPhone has just surpassed one million registered users.

There are other retro-inspired photo apps out there, but it’s Instagram’s easy-to-use interface, beautiful filters and simplicity that makes it a top download. According to the co-founder of Instagram, Kevin Systrom users are “collectively uploading approximately three photos a second and tens of millions of photos have been shared on the service.”

Instagram gained an edge over competitors because it offered digital shutterbugs a global community in which users could tag, like and share photos. Users can also upload photos quickly to other social networking sites like Foursquare, Facebook and Twitter. For Clive Thompson of Wired Magazine,however, it was the instant “interesting” dynamic that Instagram gave each of his photos that had him hooked. “For me, the really deep appeal of Instagram is more subtle: It changes the way I look at the world around me.”

Instagram is free and available for download on the Iphone.

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  • This is already in high rotation for my iPhone and I highly recommend. You can also import photos previously taken, which other similar apps do not let you do.

  • Vincent Jalet

    Get a real Polaroid camera on ebay if you want your pictures look like this! some of them look awesome (like the classic SX-70) and it is cooler than taking bad pictures with a stupid phone!

  • Claire

    Hey Vincent I have an iphone AND an SX-70, which I have had for about 10 years, as well as a normal Polaroid camera, where oh where do you buy your film???

    This is the problem, people can’t buy the film and use the original cameras.

    I think a lot of these apps came out as a result of Polaroid film production closing, and a revived interest in the dying aesthetic, which I personally think is a nice direction for phone imagery.

  • Tom Cosh

    Hi Claire,

    If you require film for your polaroid cameras please check out the imposable project: http://www.the-impossible-project.com/

    They stock both Polaroid dead stock films and have started to manufacture their own film for SX-70 and Spectra cameras.

    Also Vincent I agree with you. I am an iPhone user but Apps like this will never come close to the look of an actual polaroid image and actually devalue real analog photography.