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For the Love of Instagram

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For a long time, I've been against this trend of making photos look less crisp than they deserve to be. We value our HD TVs for giving us beautiful images, but with the popularity of camera phones and filters up the wazoo, it seems like fuzzy, old-tymey pictures are the way to go when it comes to photography.

When I got my iPhone 4S, I was pretty thrilled with the fact that the camera quality was as good if not even better than my digital camera. And sadly, I haven't used my camera nearly as much, although that might have something to do with the act of having to load photos, save them, label them, etc. A quick Mobile Upload to Facebook from my phone makes the practice of finding my missing camera cable seem tedious.

Still, even with my iPhone and love of posting and looking at photos on Facebook, I was anti-Instagram for a long time. I'm not sure why, other than the fact that it was yet another social network I wasn't sure I wanted to have in my life as a time-suck. The Instagram photos I saw on Facebook were 90% food, animals, or fuzzy and beautiful self-portraits.

But I finally decided to download Instagram when one of my favorite radio hosts on Cosmo Radio said she had become super active on the social network, and often used it to post pictures of their guests, her fabulous fashion, and otherwise charmed NYC lifestyle. Still, beyond being able to figure out how to find her on there, I realized that I'm starting to become one of those people who has technology passing her by without being able to figure it out intuitively.

Figuring out Instagram on my phone was confusing. How do I find my friends? How to a take a freakin' picture, let alone have my photos post to Facebook when I want them to - and not post to Facebook when I don't want my Facebook friends to see yet another photo of brunch.

But after some head scratching moments, I think I've figured it out. I'm enjoying adding filters to photos I already have saved on my phone, and have tried to get into the habit of taking photos within Instagram too.

The only filter I seem to like is "Lo-Fi," which adds a richness and crisp quality to my photos that enhances them just enough. I doubt I'll ever use filters like "Sierra" or "Rise," but I guess I should never say never.

I did once think I'd never join Instagram in the first place, after all.

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