Up your selfie game with Instagram’s new photo editing tools
There are two types of Instagram user. There’s the kind who sees it as a network in its own right, and then there are the ones who simply use the filters to doctor their selfies before uploading them elsewhere. Since Facebook and Twitter introduced their own filters, this second demographic has had less of a reason to use Instagram. But the app’s new range of photo editing tools might change that.
Now, in addition to filters like Lo-Fi, Walden and Nashville, you can control the brightness, contrast, warmth, saturation and sharpness of the image using a 100 point slider. The great thing about these new functions is that you don’t even need to be a ‘proper’ photographer to enjoy them; you can simply watch the image change as you use the slide controls, until you find a setting you like.
The downside to this, of course, is that it takes away much of the simplicity which originally made Instagram so appealing. You might think you’re happy with a picture, but then when you upload it, you may find yourself obsessing over whether a tilt shift or additional contrast are required to really bring your latte to life. But if you can master the balance between sepia-toned and psychedelic, these new tools will encourage you to spend more time on Instagram.
Instagram’s new features turn taking the perfect snapshot into a science.
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