Every hipster's favorite way to make it look like they take really classy pictures when really they are still using their phones. Yeah, you might look really cute/old school/vintage/retro, but it's still a cell phone picture.
Photographer: Hey man, look at this picture I took with my Canon 5D Mark II camera and edited in photoshop!
Hipster: No way man, look at this picture that I took on my phone with instagram! It's even better!
There are also similar programs on other operating systems, but it seems like the name Instagram rolls off of the tongue in the same vein as the Kleenex, or the Xerox machine (let me know if you think of any others). If you want to take a snazzy picture with your phone, no matter the program, I bet you'll call it an Instagram. Call it a PicPlz and you might get a funny look. Call it an instagram, and we'll all understand. I have a feeling that as long as there are camera phones, this will be the case.
Unfortunately, my downfall is that I don't have Instagram! I don't even have a smart phone. And the sad truth is that I DO KNOW WHAT I AM MISSING. I am missing out on an opportunity of instant camera gratification magnified past that of the digital camera. With Instagram, photos "instantly" look like they came out of a time capsule, or your grandmother's photo album. This is something that not having the app inhibits me from doing, but nonetheless, I still strive to recreate the look in Photoshop.
So I give you, in no particular order, my version of Instagram photography- a picture taken from a digital camera and manipulated in Photoshop. We don't want to make anymore poor photographers facepalm, do we?
I think the hardest part about trying to replicate an Instagram in Photoshop is trying to make to photo borders. If anyone has a good technique on how to do this, I would love to know! I was just sort of testing different things out, as you may be able to see in the pictures.
These pictures came about when I was helping my cousin in law move a couple of weekends ago. I plan on doing more cool picture posts of all of the crazy things I do around Los Angeles on the weekend. So much fun!