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Friday, July 5

Creative Cropping + Instagram LOVE!

I know I'm not the only one that uses their iPhone exclusively for photos these days -- right now I've got 3,249 photos on my camera -- plus what is in the Photo Stream. I take A LOT of them. Today I thought I would share a few of my secrets.

First, I have a love affair with Instagram. There. I said it. Yes. I love Instagram like I love peanut butter and Chocolate. Coffee with Non-Fat Milk. Thai Food and my Dog. I don't think a day goes by where I'm not looking at photos or sharing them.

Yesterday when we were on our way home from the 4th of July BBQ that we went to the clouds in front of us were very puffy at the top and little menacing looking at the bottom. First we started seeing things in them. I see a wolfhound with his ears blown back against his head from the wind.

Anyway, in case you aren't familiar with Instagram -- it's a photo app you use with an iPhone. You can take photos right from the App or import them from your photos. I go both ways on this -- but when I want to take a lot of pictures I use the camera only option on my phone.

Portland, Maine by Catherine Scanlon

Here you can see a NOT so great photo of the clouds. Lots of distraction with the road and cars in front of us.
Portland, Maine by Catherine Scanlon

When I bring it into Instagram and crop it and apply a filter I can crop out all of the distracting stuff and focus on what I want to capture -- the clouds! This is the Kelvin filter -- the one I use most of the time.

Portland, Maine by Catherine Scanlon

When we got to Portland I was happy to see the profile of a mans face at the top of the clouds -- and he's got curly hair. But, look at that awful reflection from the window at the top of the photo.

When I brought it into Instagram I adjusted the contrast and then applied the Nashville filter and it turned out like this.

Portland, Maine by Catherine Scanlon

To me, this looks like a painting. Maybe it will be a painting I'll do in the near future. But look at how much cooler and better it looks after I did a few fancy things to it in Instagram. I love that app!

Hope you had a HAPPY and Patriotic 4th -- it's back to work for me today while the boys go camping! Thanks for stopping by -- hope you have a GREAT weekend!


  1. Great picture. I love instagram.

  2. Sometimes I get good photos with my phone camera and other times not. Indoor pictures I've tried are disappointing. Not sure Instagram will work with my phone but will check it out.

    I am amazed at the quality of pictures from camera phones and the point and shoot cameras now compared to even ten years ago.

    Thanks for sharing the before and after pictures. I love the painting look of the last picture.

    Hope you get a lot done with the boys off camping. LOL! Although if it was me I would be watching movies and eating a quart of good ice cream.

    Have a wonderful weekend! I'm off to hide the remotes and camouflage the ice cream so I can perhaps find my "playroom". It is still filled with unpacked boxes from my move.

  3. I also adore Instagram!


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