Know Which Shots Work Best With Each Instagram Filter

Know Which Shots Work Best With Each Instagram Filter

If you’re just getting into Instagram, the social shoot-and-filter app that hit Android last week and sold to Facebook yesterday, then you might want appreciate a primer on each filter’s quirks strengths, rather than flip through all of them with every shot. The Atlantic offers just such a profile.

Photo by …love Maegan.

Mark Zuckerberg all but promised to keep Instagram available without a mandatory Facebook integration, but Megan Garber at The Atlantic is probably right: you’ll be seeing Instagram in Facebook soon enough. So her short-hand guide to the Instagram filters and when they work best is worth not only reading, but sending on to your newest lo-fi-filtering friends and relatives. A few of her picks:

Effect: Dreamy, ever-so-slightly blurry, with saturated yellows and greens
Use for: Food pictures — those cookies you just baked, that steak you just grilled, etc.

Effect: Sepia-like, with an emphasis on purples and browns
Use for: Arting up photos of otherwise mundane objects: cups of coffee, coffee stirrers, coffee stains on napkins, etc. …

Effect: Low-key, with an emphasis on greys and greens
Use for: Pictures of your dog …

Effect: Black-and-white, high-contrast
Use for: Giving any old picture a classically old-school effect, and/or disguising bad lighting in your #nofilter photo

Have you discovered your own shorthand rules for which filters to use when in Instagram? Share them with us in the comments.

A Guide to the Instagram Filters You’ll Soon Be Seeing on Facebook [The Atlantic]


  • As much as I love the app, im starting to think that its taking away the emphasis of the skills of taking a great shot, now just take an average shot and make it good seems to be acceptable, will the humble great shot be a thing of the past? I do hope not.

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