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Instagram Updates and Expands Its Filter Options

Filtering Your Filters

Two whole years since the last update to Instagram’s library of filters, the Facebook owned company has finally given Instagrammers five new options to play with.


According to Instagram, the new filters, titled Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden and Perpetua, aim to take advantage of the advances in your phone’s camera by catering more to higher quality pictures.

While the existing filters included in the app help users give lower quality pictures captured by earlier camera-phones a more professional feel, the new options soften and shift colours subtly in an attempt to delicately enhance higher resolution images.

The company’s official blog states their reasoning:
Photography trends have evolved, and the capabilities of the camera on your phone have vastly improved. We've seen tremendous creativity within the community, not only in the moments they share, but in the time spent carefully composing and editing photos and videos to bring out emotions and make them beautiful.

But that’s not all folks…

The update doesn't just give a few pretty effects, with tweaks to the user interface it’s now easier than ever to manage and apply these filters. The classic hot air balloon image known to all Instagrammers is replaced by a blurred preview of your photo with the effect applied, a much more sensible approach in my opinion.


Flicking through to the end of the tray unveils the new ‘manage’ button, whereby you can rearrange your list, placing more frequently used filters at the top. You can even completely hide the filters you find yourself continually skipping past, cutting out the hassle of all that scrolling.

The ability to upload slow-motion video has also been implemented along with real time commenting. No longer are we forced to abuse the refresh button waiting to see those latest comments.

On the whole the announcement seems to be receiving a warm response from the app’s 300 million users, although there’s still no help for those drunken selfies from your weekend in town…

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. Currently working part time as a content writer, he hopes to one day drop that 'aspiring' prefix. Follow him @SamAtSMF

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Instagram Updates and Expands Its Filter Options Reviewed by Unknown on Thursday, December 18, 2014 Rating: 5
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