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Instagram is a photo and video sharing app that allows users to share their pictures to other social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. Instagram has over 150 million active users and was among Time’s 50 Best Android Apps for 2013. The most popular trends on Instagram are Throwback Thursday and Selfies.

On the application users can apply a variety of filters to edit their photos and this is one of things that makes Instagram such a successful app. Today I am going to discuss those filters using a photo that I have taken first is the picture as it was taken or “Normal”

normal

Amaro- Increases the exposure or adds more light to the photo. This filter is best used with darker photos.

amaro

Mayfair- Has a warm pink tone, and subtly brightens the center of the photo with a thin black border.

mayfair

Rise- This filter adds a golden glow that makes the picture softer with a more forgiving light.

rise

Hudson- Alters the light in the photo, making it appear colder.

hudson

Valencia- Faded quality without completely washing out the color.

valencia

X-PRO II- This filter adds a pop to colors and gives the appearance of a Photoshop technique

xpro2

Sierra- This filter infuses a cloudy quality to the photo.

sierra

Willow- Is a monochrome filter with subtle purple tones and has a translucent glowing white border.

willow

Lo-Fi- This filter adds instant rich colors and strong shadows.

lofi

Earlybird- This filter adds golden-red tones to the photos with a vignette effect.

earlybird

Sutro- Is known to add a sinister tone to nearly every photo which combines both richness and Gothicism.

sutro

Toaster- Uses a dramatic vignette effect that adds an aged and burnt quality to photos.

toaster

Brannan- Adds a sepia-like effect to photographs.

brannan

Inkwell- AKA Black and White

inkwell

Walden- Puts a high exposure and yellow tint into your photos.

walden

Hefe- Adds a vibrant yet cozy layer to photos and is similar to the Lo-Fi filter

hefe

Nashville- This filter adds a pastel tint to photos and a warm temperature.

nashville

1977- Gives photos a rosy tone and cottony exposure, similar to those you see in your parent’s photo collections from the ‘70s.

1977

Kelvin- Combines a high saturation and warm temperature, similar to what you would see if you were shooting pictures in the late afternoon. Fair warning this filter is hard to work with!

kelvin

With this vast list of filters the over 150 million users have endless opportunities and choices to edit photos which makes Instagram so successful.

Helpful Links:

http://mashable.com/2012/07/19/instagram-filters/

http://blog.instagram.com/

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