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While most people seem to use Instagram to take photos of their food, their coffee and their household pets, the now-Facebook-owned service can also be used to take some great cycling-related photos. But what makes for a great Instagram cycling photo? And what tools can you use to get those memorable snaps looking even better? In this post we give some suggestions to help take better Instagram photos.
And with the FebFifteen Strava challenge in progress, we’ve been asking you to post your Instagram photos (tagged with #FebFifteen) to show us how you’re getting on.
In this post we’ve rounded up a list of smartphone apps that can be used for creating images for Instagram. We’ve also included a gallery of great Instagram cycling images we’ve come across lately, explaining what we like about each of the shots. Hopefully these photos will be a source of inspiration and education.
On that note, happy Instagram-ing, and be sure to tag your photos with #FebFifteen for a chance to have them featured on our Photo of the Day. And if there are any great Instagram shooters you follow, let us know in the comments below.
Camera Phone Apps
There are many applications now available on the Apple and Android app stores relating to camera phone photography however, we have chosen a few of our own favourite apps.
This is a great little photo editor (available on both iOS and Android platforms) that offers a wide range of editing tools including tilt-shift and color filter effects to be applied to your photo before you upload it to Instagram.
Slow Shutter Cam
On a full equipped SLR or DSLR you had the option of capturing images under a long exposure. This implies leaving the shutter open from a few seconds to minutes or even hours. However, the Slow Shutter Cam app (iPhone only) brings the long exposure experience to the camera phone. Long exposures are a fun creative to get beautiful images of your bike against a stunning background.
This is a free app on the iOS platform but it comes with a plethora of layout, editing tools and filters and effects.
One of the best ways to tell a story is through grouping multiple photos together to create a collage. Photo Grid is one of the popular apps on the Android marketplace for creating photo collages.
Is an iOS-only application that helps you create photo collages similar to Photo Grid.
This app for the iPhone has over 100 effects and textures to help you colourise your photographs.
This is one of the most popular free photo apps on the Android platform that comes with a multitude of camera tools and film options to help you create stunning photos.
We have collated some interesting examples of good composition taken both on and off the bike with a little explanation of what we found interesting about them.