Instagram in a nutshell

by Sue S Puetz
The best camera on the market is the one you always carry with you. Hence, your mobile phone is ‘at the ready’ and Instagram (aka IG), a free app with 150 million users, is a great place to kickstart your photography. Instagram is a great choice if you’re sharing to Facebook because your images will appear in your feed without having to click on a link to view the image.
Here is the how-to explanation of Instagram’s features and commands.

Instagram

Instagram

Home: This is the landing page when you access Instagram from you phone. You’ll see images captured by Instagrammers you follow, in chronological order with the most recent at the top.
Explore: This takes you to a page showing ‘trending’ images, i.e. the most popular at the moment based on the number of LIKES. You can also search for images by User name or by Hashtag.
Camera: Use this option to make a photo or video or to upload a photo from your camera roll.
News: Here you’ll find news about those you are FOLLOWING and NEWS about who has recently followed you, commented on and/or LIKED your image.
Profile: This is all about you: a profile photo, how many posts, followers, and followings you have. This is also where you edit settings, e.g. push notifications and where you logout.

Instagram

Instagram

Below each image you’ll see:
Like: LIKE an image here. You may also use the LIKE shortcut: tap twice on an image and a heart will appear temporarily.
Comment: Comment on images with positive encouragement. You can also respond directly to comments that were made on your images by leading with @IGUserID  (the commenter’s IG user ID).
. . . : Translated ‘more’, provides ‘action’ options to Delete, Share Photo, Copy, Share URL, Email Photo, Tag People and Cancel.
If you take a photo using the IG app but you aren’t ready to post it to your IG feed, slip over to your phone settings and turn AIRPLANE MODE ON. Jump back to IG and follow the normal process to ‘share’ the image. This process will save your image to your camera roll but will prevent posting to Instagram or sharing to other sites. You can now turn AIRPLANE MODE OFF, edit your image and post/share it.

Be bold, try it all – you can always use the ‘more’ / DELETE action if you aren’t happy with a post. Join the community and be a gracious Instagrammer. Post positive comments on those images you like. Follow IG Users who inspire you. Tag your friends in your images but use Hashtags sparingly.
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