My obsession with Instagram and what to do with all those Pictures

If you haven’t heard about Instagram yet it’s according to their page a : “fast, beautiful and fun way to share your photos with friends and family.” and I couldn’t say it any better. I’m in love with it. And the best part it’s a free app for the iphone and since last week even for all Android users available.

But why is it better than just sending the picture you took to friends and family via e-mail or text message. Well , it allows users to take a photo, apply a digital filter (16 different ones at the moment) to it and then share it on a variety of social networking platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr etc.).What makes it even more special is the retro flair from limiting the picture to a square size similar to Polaroid or Kodak Instamatic.

You can like pictures, comment on them and build up a new Fanbase just by owning an Instagram account. Many artists got a huge popularity boost trough sharing their artwork on Instagram. Many celebrities aslo jump on the Instagram wagon and share parts of their life trough it. Beeing their own Paparazzi they gain kind of control about topics they’d like their Fans to know about. (isn’t it just a genious app?)

So now to the actual reason I wrote this article. What to do with all these beautiful, filtered, composed and artistic pictures you stored on your phone?

There are many options out there and a lot of people realized the potentail of the usage and storage of your images.

1. Print your images right away. Use Instaprint to set up a printer on your next party and get the real polaroid feeling.

2. Make your own Instamagnets. Sheets of magnetic paper compatible with inkjet printers are available in office supply stores. Don’t want to make it? You could let Stickygram make you some.

3. Send your picture as an old fashioned postcard. With Postagram  you can send a postcard to your loved ones straight from your phone with a costum message. (How awesome is that please?)

4. Make an Instagram calendar.  Use Keepsy to upload your favorite Instagrams and make a calendar.

5. Instagram stickers. Most craft or office supply stores carry photographic sticker paper that you can use in your home printer like photo paper.

6. Photo Booth Style Stripes. This is a great tutorial on how to create them on your own with such a small effort!

7. Check out Printstagram. They do almost everything with your pictures, like T-shirt or supercute mini booklets

8. Custom Instragram photo tiles. Go to ImageSnap for some great options.

9. Frame your Instagrams. hatchcraft has beautiful handcrafted bamboo frames.

10. You don’t like frames? What about canvas? Canvaspop has them!

After finding 10 Ways to use your Instagrams, I’m going to show you some more of mine :)

I’d love to see your Instagrams!Share them with me here or fell free to follow me on Instagram: arfotografie