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Welcome to the Instagram blog! See how Instagrammers are capturing and sharing the world's moments through photo and video features, user spotlights, tips and news from Instagram HQ.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPblackandwhitevideo

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s tag was #WHPblackandwhitevideo, which asked participants to capture creative videos in black and white. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPblackandwhitevideo

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

The goal this weekend is to capture creative videos in black and white. Some tips to get you started:

  • Without color, light and shadows become your focal point. Look for window light and cloudy skies for a softer effect or seek out brighter sunlight for more contrast and drama.
  • Shapes also become more apparent in black and white. Focus on patterns and lines to create something more abstract.
  • Don’t forget about sound! Keep your ears open as you shoot and be aware of the sounds being recorded. Avoid windy settings to cut down on noise.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPblackandwhitevideo hashtag to videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own videos to the project. Any video taken then tagged over the weekend is eligible to be featured right here Monday morning!

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The Beautiful Minimalism of @katia_mi

For more beautiful black and white photographs, follow @katia_mi. Black and white not your thing? Visit her second account, @katia_mi_, for her color photos.

Moscow, Russia-based art director Katia (@Katia_mi) isn’t trying to create a mood with her photos. “I have no mission, no reason. This is an internal dialogue. Feelings are much more interesting than ideas,” she says.

In her day-to-day, Katia works as a versatile designer, working on interiors, jewelry, women’s accessories and even communication design. And while her career requires her to tailor her art to the needs of her clients, her Instagram account allows her to express her own daring thoughts.

"Most photographers believe that details are the most important things in a picture. In black and white, I get rid of details and put sense in shadow."

Though shadows are her specialty, Katia also has a second Instagram account, @katia_mi_, where she posts some of her photos in color.