Instagram may be the king of the photo-sharing jungle, but it’ll have to fight if it wants to hang on to that crown. Inspired by Instagram’s success, a brand new breed of photo sharing apps has recently hit the market with the sole purpose of revolutionizing the way people interact with their pictures.
These apps don’t just filter the photographs that you take – they edit them, animate them and compile them automatically. In doing so, they’re pushing our ability to share and interact with pictures to new heights. These are just a few of the apps that the social networking world is clamoring to download.
1) Flock. Flock is a new photo-sharing app designed to bring friends together. Using geolocation, the app recognizes when you and your Facebook friends are taking pictures near one another and then uploads everyone’s photos into a shared album. By doing so, Flock gives users a new perspective on the experiences they share with their friends. At the moment, the app is only available for the iPhone, but it’s expected to be released for Android phones within a few months.
2) PhotoPad. Designed by Virtual Gestures, PhotoPad gives Facebook users a new, gamified way to interact with and share their photographs. Using the app’s image editor, you can transform static images into colorful and animated “gestures” such as digital postcards and scrapbooks. When you post these gestures on your friends’ walls, you’ll earn points that will level you up, badges that you can show off to your friends and entries into PhotoPad’s monthly giveaways. As far as sharing pictures goes, you won’t find a more rewarding app on the market.
3) O-Matic by Pixlr. Pixlr’s O-Matic app is the closest we’re ever going to get to a mobile version of Photoshop. The app gives users a full suite of professional editing tools that they can use to tweak, perfect, antiquate or modernize their photos before posting them to Facebook. All in all, there are 2 million different settings combinations to work with. If you’re looking for a more professional alternative to Instagram, then you should definitely give this app a try.
4) Cinemagram. Cinemagram gives smartphone owners an enchanting new way to share visual experiences. Rather than taking pictures, Cinemagram uses your phone’s video camera to record artistically animated .gif files known as cinemagraphs. These ‘graphs can be edited in the app and then uploaded to Facebook, Twitter and all of your other favorite social networks with the push of a button.
Photo sharing isn’t just about showing your friends some pictures you took – it’s about creating a community through images. While Instagram may be responsible for starting this trend, new apps like PhotoPad and Cinemagram will be the ones to evolve it. So if you’re looking for a new way to share your photos, try out one of these apps today. The future of social photography is here. The only thing you need to do is download it.