I have fiddled with Instagram on my new iPhone 4 for a month and have been quite impressed with the images. But while I joke about cheating on my camera with it, the iPhone could never replace it, as it doesn’t perform as well with certain shots. I tend to avoid using my iPhone (and Instagram) on wider, establishing shots—unless, say, the view is extraordinary (like this mosque in Istanbul). And I generally don’t like the iPhone’s snapshots of people, unless it’s a silly self-portrait shot (like my reflection below).
I do love experimenting with filters on static and solitary objects, clean symmetrical or diagonal lines, uncluttered compositions, and off-center focal points (especially with the tilt shift effect). Simply put, the app magnifies the gorgeousness of simplicity.
I’m not a professional or technically trained photographer—just a new, enthusiastic iPhone and Instagram user. And so—some quick, simple observations on what works well. For me, anyway. (Filters and locations noted in captions.)
Reflections at dusk.
Windows. Preferably wet, dirty, or foggy.
Murals. Especially at night, when they come alive.
Unexpectedly blurry foregrounds.
Signs. Particularly red ones.
Self-portraits in unlikely places.
Bustle. (But with breathable space.)