Instagram Introduces 10 New Tools to Inspire Your Creativity
Instagram has changed the way we view the world, ushering in a whole new era of photo sharing that has made us all paparazzi in our own right — stalking down the food on our plate, grabbing the sun’s good side and, yes, doing a lot of the “s” word. Now that you’re comfortable (maybe a little too comfortable) with the app’s simple functions, it’s adding a bunch of brand-new photo-editing tools and updating some you’re already a regular Annie Leibovitz with in the latest update to Instagram 6.0.
Right after Apple announced updates to the Photo app for iOS 8, Instagram is following with their own announcement of ten new features that hope to turn the photo sharing app into a photo editing one, too. Now (post-update!) when you go to select a filter, you’ll spot a new wrench icon. Tap on that and you’ll have access to 10 all-new photo editing tools:
- Filter strength (double tap on these to adjust each filter’s strength)
- Brightness (adjust light)
- Warmth (enrich the colors in your photo)
- Shadows (adjust darkness)
- Vignette (work on the composition of each photo like the true artist you are!)
- Sharpen (crisp, clear are no longer problems)
On top of the new features, Instagram updated a slew of its favorites: Straighten, Border, Blur/Tilt Shift, Crop, Lux (which makes your pix more vibrant) and Rotate are better than before, plus the process of uploading videos on iOS has been simplified.
Now what you saw IRL when you snapped the pic, you can make sure looks the same when you post it in YIL (Your Instagram Life). Choosing the right filter was sometimes already time consuming enough. This is going to take some getting used to. The hope is that you’ll be able to skip past your smartphone’s native camera app and all of those photo editing apps that you downloaded and go right from taking the picture to making it look its best for all the world to see. And Like. If Instagram can do the same thing but with photo combining, we would even say goodbye to PicFrame for good. Download (or update) the latest, Instagram 6.0 today for iOS and Android.
What is your go-to photo editing app? Will you update Instagram and skip the rest? Share your thoughts below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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