Hyperlapse has been out for 3 weeks now, surprisingly there’s only about 319k #hyperlapse hashtagged on Instagram. For some reason, I’d expected there to be a lot more, perhaps a million at least, but I guess capturing video is more of a hassle compared to taking a photo. There’s also not as many opportunities to sit still long enough to get a worthwhile 10 to 15 second time-lapsed video.
My first attempt was to record about a minute’s worth of traffic on the freeway from our window. This equated to a 15 second time-lapsed video at about 6x speed (by default):
Instagram’s tumblr blog post had some great examples of interesting subject matter to record, from a plane taking off, riding on a train, on a bicycle or simply following your kid around. The great thing about this is that you don’t have to be super-still to get a decent video.
Another one below of some birds while we were sitting at the bench next to the river.
I’ve gotten to a point where I’m following so many users on instagram (over 400) that it sometimes feels I’m missing out on something. But I also can’t bare to remove any. If IG only had a list feature similar to Twitter where you can put users in different lists, or like Google+ where you add users to various circles, then I probably wouldn’t be having this dilemma.
This is where an app like Fotogram comes in handy. By creating another IG account, I’ve managed to use multiple accounts to follow different types of users. Add to that, the funky interface that Fotogram provides, the functionality to Tweet a photo, switch between accounts easily and as long as you don’t feel the need to upload a photo, then you’ve got yourself a winner
Instagram’s rolled out web profiles for users under instagram.com/USERNAME. For example, my instagram photos are now available for viewing by the public under http://instagram.com/holimac (see screengrab below). Although third-party sites such as web.stagram.com and statigram.com have been providing a web interface for instagram ever since they opened up their api, this is a long awaited move by IG at least from me, since it gives everyone access to your photos and not just members.
My beloved hashtag #cloudporn is no longer..
(Update) but only for a little while.
For those who hadn’t heard (or hadn’t noticed), Instagram was offline for a good majority of the day yesterday. Yes, I was suffering withdrawal symptoms… I didn’t get the chance to upload all the cloudporn so I’ll be making up for it over the next few days so stay tuned! Here’s one I uploaded of swirly clouds earlier.
If you’re wondering what the issue was, IG posted something on their help page. Apparently, storms knocked out Amazon’s cloud servers which disabled web services including instagram, pinterest and netflix. Kinda defeats the purpose of cloud hosting when something like this can happen.
Luckily, I still had Flickr and Tumblr to keep me company yesterday.
Instagram iPhone app update yesterday. From what i can tell, there were two obvious changes.
1. Faster and leaner. Version 2.5 appears to respond better when switching screens and refreshes images more efficiently.
2. Popular page and the search feature are now rolled into one screen. Good approach since I hardly ever looked at the popular page but used the tag search fairly often.
The first time I signed up for Instagram, I remember wondering how come their website didn’t allow me to view any pictures online using either my PC or Mac. The app is great and all, but before hash tags were made available, we really didn’t have a good way to “explore” the community. After having used a few other photo sharing apps before it, I figured it was simply Instagram’s strategy to stay in the mobile photography niche and not go against sites like Flickr who already had a great interface on a normal web browser.
If you’re still set on seeing your Instagram photos on a normal web browser, there are websites such as Webstagram and Statigram that act as a web viewer on your laptop or desktop computer. Here’s what I like about both.
Statigram Web Viewer
|My favourite web interface for Instagram pictures, on PC or Mac.
|Statigram is first and foremost, a statistics tool for Instagram. Providing you with lots of interesting data for your instagram account.
||They also provide users with a very convenient web interface to Instagram. Showing you photos in thumbnail or list views.
Try out Statigram for yourself. All you need to do is enter your Instagram username & password. Soon you’ll have the convenience of accessing and browsing your photos from your laptop instead of just your iphone or android phone.
I’ve tried a variety of apps that allow you to put multiple photos in one frame (or multiple frames in one photo depending how you see it). My favourite would have to be the PicFrame app by ActiveDevelopment. Apart from offering you a number of frame variations, they also provide 3 dozen border patterns and lets you share to other social platforms other than Instagram. Here’s a quick review of PicFrame along with some screencaps I took on my iPhone.
Step 1: Select your frame
Below is a screencap of PicFrame’s wide selection of frame options.
Step 2: Adjust your photos
Here is an example of a splitscreen photo with two frames, one above the other.
Step 3: Select a border style
Although I tend to use only the white, thin border, it’s still nice to play around with the 3 dozen other frame border options available to you.
Step 4: Share your photo
Lastly, you can share your multi-frame photos to Instagram, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and other photo sharing apps you might have installed on your iphone.
Make sure to select an appropriate resolution for your image since I’ve noticed a massive difference when you leave it on the default res. It takes a tad longer to save and upload but looks heaps better for it.
The multi-frame photo / multi-photo frame end product on Instagram
I shared and filtered the photo on Instagram since I’m most obsessed with it at the moment. I’ve used the Sierra filter which adds a little bit of character and a touch of coolness to the image and you can also see how the white border gets filtered in Instagram. For this reason I tend to hide the filter’s border option (in this case, Sierra’s white Polaroid border) when I have multi-frame or splitscreen photos.
Life is but a journey, originally uploaded by holimac.
If you’re interested in other ideas for how to use multiframe photos, I found Instagram had actually added a page on their blog about tips on combining photos. Who knows, I might get to try them all out one day.
It’s well past 2 in the morning on a Monday and I can’t get to sleep due to an irritating cough that won’t go away. I’ve just taken a spoonful of honey, my favourite home remedy for this kinda thing. Unfortunately my brain seems to have just missed its last sleep cycle and I have to find a way to get it back to a nice, fuzzy consistency.
Here’s another great excuse to pick up my trusty iPhone to look at what pictures people are posting on the other side of the world. What a great idea.. well, maybe not so great when i should really be trying to get to sleep. Before i knew it, there goes another 20 minutes of liking, following and drooling over more and more pictures, which at this time of the morning, is very unhealthy.
That’s when I decided to write this post. ‘Cause y’know, it’s been so long since I’ve posted anything and it’ll help me get off instagram and get my brain back to a nice mushy state so that sleep can take me away.
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