The move sparked a huge online backlash against the service. But whether or not you’ve fallen out of love with Instagram, there are some fantastic alternatives.
There are a wide variety of photo apps enabling you remove red-eye, banish sports, crop or go back in time with retro filters, and with a huge selection of filters and sharing options, Instagram is one of the most popular.
Camera+ is a smartphone app for photographs who find Instagram a little too basic. Tools like Grid, Horizon Level and Live Exposure (which shows you the equivalent ISO, aperture and shutter speed) aid photo composition, but it’s the huge selection of effects you can apply that impresses - including 16 scene modes, 18 frames, 9 crops and 27 filters. Share options are good too, send photos via email, message, Flickr, Twitter and Facebook or even create a web link.
Camera+ is not the slickest photographic app, but offering the digital equivalent of a darkroom, this is 69p well spent.
Nokia’s new Windows Phone handsets offer the Cinemagraph app as a hot new feature, but Cinemagram for iOS was there first. Snap short video clips alongside a still image and you can then animate part or (the whole) image to show a particular action, making for some striking visuals.
The user interface looks for the most part identical to Instagram, with options to share to Facebook and Twitter as standard and there’s also a well developed network of Cinemagram users.
Cinemagram used to be a paid app but it’s now up for grabs on the App Store for free.
Free - iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Flickr is the world’s
largest photo-sharing library, but now comes with a slick and
user-friendly Android, iOS and Windows Phone experience to boot.
as searching the huge library of photos from other users, you can snap
your own photos on the fly by tapping the camera icon in the middle of
the screen and throwing on a filter for a cool effect.
The app also lets
users browse photos taken nearby by utilising the phone’s GPS and share
images to Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or an email address. It’s
free, but requires a Yahoo account to sign in.
Originally a compulsory part of the iOS Facebook update, the social network’s dedicated camera app is now an optional download on the App Store which serves as a high quality alternative to Instagram on iOS.
The default view feed is a particularly attractive way of displaying photos from people you are follow, but you can also set filters to show your own pics or general images from your news feed.
Upload photos directly from your photo gallery or launch the camera and snap a new image on the fly. After that it’s a case of filtering, cropping, tagging your friends, adding a location and uploading to your favourite social network.
Free, Windows Phone
Windows Phone users might feel left out in the cold with regards to app support, but Lomogram steps in to fit in the Instagram sized hole in the Windows Phone Store with filters and sharing options of its own.
The photo taking experience is designed explicitly around sharing - snap your shot or pick an existing one from your photo library, add a filter, overlay, border or crop your image accordingly, then add a message and share to any one of five different social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr or Vk.
Free - iOS, Android
Snapseed is a versatile app suitable for users with differing photographic abilities. Novices can use enhance photos with a tap using Auto Correct and have fun with a range of filters, before sharing with friends and social networks.
Advanced photographers can make more precise edits, adjusting the brightness, white balance, saturation and contrast, although the use of motion controls makes the app more suited to the iPad’s big screen.
Snapseed is suitable for novices and more experienced photographers and the tablet version also supports RAW photographic files.