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Ten years of being on Flickr

I have to admit I’ve a soft spot for Flickr as I’ve been an avid user for a long time, in fact I signed up 10 years ago this month when it was only eight months old. Although my usage is not what it once was, I’ve made a lot of good friends through the Flickr community and it’s helped my photographic career. A nice little titbit that you might not know: Flickr was spun out of the online Game Neverending’s photo sharing feature. At the time consumer digital photography was really in its infancy and photo editing was not as easy as it now (Lightroom was still three years away). This meant the majority of content on Flickr was unedited digital images which could look a little flat colour wise, this meant that my highly saturated film photos really jumped out from their digital counterparts.

London Millennium Bridge one of early images I uploaded to Flickr

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Adding easy to remember web addresses / urls to Instagram posts

You may or may not of noticed that Instagram is one of the only web services that you can not post clickable web links to, I assume Instagram put in this restriction to stop spammy posts which is great but it does not help you if you’re trying to pimp something that your followers will be legitimately interested in. This is something I recently thought about when I was giving a joint talk with my wife Rockcakes on the subject of Esty SEO for the Brighton Etsy team. It’s a common thing for Etsy makers to post Instagram images of their making exploits, it’s a shame they can’t link to where there items can be found online.

instagram links

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Casetagram review – Create bespoke iPhone / Smartphone cases with your Instagram images

As I have a newly replaced iPhone due to mechanical failure, I thought it a good idea to get a new case (nothing to do with the use of the DriSuit I might add). I tried out a Casetagram iPhone case to keep my iPhone looking shiny and new. Casetagram enables you to create Smartphone and iPad cases with your own images printed on them. According to research your wallet is far more likely to get handed in if lost if there is a picture of a baby inside. I figured I would use Instagram shots of my daughter to create a montage – not quite baby photos, but it might increase the chances of my phone being returned if lost.

Casetergam iPhone Case

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driSuit hands on review – waterproof case for the iPhone 4 / 4s

Photojojo recently sent me a few products to test out. The first item I had to use was driSuit; a waterproof iPhone case for the iPhone 4 / 4s. This is not the first waterproof case I’ve used with an iPhone but it is definitely miles ahead of anything I have used before. All images in the review apart from photos of the case where taken with an iPhone 4 in a driSuit and processed with Instagram.

driSuit under water

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Filtering photos in Adobe Lightroom to just show Instagram pictures

I do like a bit of Instagram but one of the things that bugs me about it is once all your iPhone pictures have been imported into your Lightroom library there is no easy way of just viewing the Instagram photos… or so I thought. I always shoot photos with the standard iPhone camera then import them into Instagram. This means that one in five of my iPhone photos are processed with Instagram, and filtering them can be a bit of a pain.

Instagram montage

If your interested in more of my Lightroom tutorials check out my five hidden tips for Lightroom and how to organise a Lightroom Library posts.

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StickyGram review – Turn your Instagram photos into magnets

StickyGram enables you to turn your Instagram images in to sets of nine 5cm by 5cm magnets. That’s a decent little size because at 5cm wide your older 600 pixel wide Instagram images will print a 300 dpi so there is no compromise on quality.

If you want to check out the images I used you can see on my Instagram account here: Ice rink infort in front of the pavilion - Full English Breakfast - Sea gulls Japanese style in Brighton - Munich train - Matilda in the snow Fish eyes - Holiday Inn Manchester - Leeds train station

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Create In Brighton Instagram competition with £1000 cash prize

If you’re living, working or studying in Brighton you could enter the second Create in Brighton competition. It’s an Instagram competition and all you have to do to enter is upload a photo to Instagram and tag it with #hiddendepthsbrighton and follow @createinbrighton on Instagram to be in with a chance of winning a £1000 cash.

Create in Brighton Instagram Competition

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Interviewed for BBC article on Instagram

Instagram has been all over the news recently with the announcement that it’s being purchased by Facebook for one billion dollars. If by some small chance you don’t know what Instagram is you can read a review I wrote here. Stephen Dowling wrote a piece for the BBC online magazine titled “Has Instagram made everyone’s photos look the same?”. I was one of the Instagram users he interviewed, you can read the article in full here. I thought it would be nice to post my responses to Stephen’s questions in full in case you’re curious for more.

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