Unless you haven't kept up with the news lately, you probably know that Facebook recently bought Instagram for $1 Billion, making the photo sharing and filtering program worth more than The New York Times. Instagram makes seemingly ordinary pictures vibrantly stand out. Basically, when you run one of your pictures through an Instagram filter, it's hard not to make it look good.
Take the Carrot Cake I made for Easter, for example:
It looks pretty good, right? This Healthy and Light Carrot Cake from Southern Living was actually quite tasty. However, the icing job I did on the cake was shoddy and some of the carrots turned weirdly green in the oven, making the cake look like it should be featured on Cake Wrecks. Okay, so it didn't look that bad, but Instagram certainly helped downplay those issues compared to the hi-res pictures I snapped on my Nikon.
While I certainly enjoy browsing through my friends' pics and sharing my own filtered pics on Instagram, I definitely see them through rosy colored glasses, making me appreciate unfiltered pictures even more. I'm interested to see how Instagram will become connected through Facebook and how people will use it. I sincerely hope that people won't start filtering their regular pictures like crazy. Instagram pictures should be reserved for special glimpses into your world.
Do you use Instagram? What are your thoughts on filtered pictures?