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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPsilhouetted

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.

Today marks the one year anniversary of Photos of You, the ability to tag people in your photos on Instagram! To celebrate, we’re bringing back one of our favorite Weekend Hashtag Project themes: silhouettes. The goal this weekend is to take creative silhouette photos. Some tips to get you started:

  • Silhouettes are all about light. Make sure your subject is positioned right in front of your light source, whether it be the setting sun, a bright window or a backlit screen.
  • Once you’ve framed your photo, tap the brightest part of your phone’s screen to set your exposure and get the silhouette just right.
  • Finally, don’t forget to tag the people silhouetted in your photo!

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

Reminder: Photos of You

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Two weeks ago we launched Photos of You, a new way of sharing and discovering stories on Instagram. Since then, many users opted to turn the feature on early, and we’ve already seen people across the community doing amazing things. For great examples of how people are using Photos of You, check out New York photographer @joshuabgeyer, skateboard manufacturer @strght and singer/songwriter @edroste.

We wanted to take a moment to remind you that—if you haven’t turned it on already—your Photos of You section on Instagram will become visible today to those who can currently see your profile.

Remember, you can easily adjust your settings so nothing appears on your profile until you approve it. To learn more about how Photos of You works and how to control your visibility, check out



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On the Road with Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste

For more photos from Ed and Grizzly Bear, follow him at @edroste and be sure to check out Ed’s Photos of You section on your mobile device.

In addition to being an avid Instagrammer, Ed Droste (@edroste) also happens to be a songwriter and singer in Grizzly Bear, an indie-rock band from Brooklyn, New York. The band has been playing shows across the United States after the debut of their latest album, and Ed has been sharing his behind-the-scenes perspective of life on the road as they go.

Midway through their tour we launched Photos of You, providing Ed with an incredible new view of Grizzly Bear’s life on the road—the fans’ perspective: “I’ve always used Instagram as a public photo album of my travels, and the Photo Map is one of my favorite elements in terms of remembering exactly where I was when I took certain pictures years ago, but with Photos of You I get a whole new perspective on tours and my journeys, which is really cool to see.”

Ed’s Photos of You section has not only given him the opportunity to view photos of the band’s performance from the audience’s perspective, but it’s also allowed him to re-connect with Grizzly Bear fans. “I love meeting people as much as I can after shows. Naturally, I can’t document and remember every person I meet, but this has definitely jogged my memory on meeting some really lovely and cool fans and conversations.”


What have you discovered through Photos of You? Starting tomorrow, the Photos of You section will be visible to everyone who can currently see your profile. Read more about Photos of You here.


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Portraits on Instagram

Yesterday we launched Photos of You, and today we’re highlighting four exceptional portrait photographers. Be sure to visit their feeds for great examples of people in the Instagram community who are taking beautiful portraits and adding the people in them to their photos.

  • Ravi Vora (@ravivora) — Filmmaker from Los Angeles, California
  • Emily Call (@emilycall) — Photographer from Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Simone Bramante (@brahmino) — Art director from Bologna, Italy
  • John Keatley (@johnkeatley) — Photographer from Seattle, Washington

To learn more about Photos of You, check out the Instagram Help Center.


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Introducing Photos of You

Photos are memories of the people, places and moments that mean the most to us. We have always sought to give you simple and expressive ways to bring the stories behind your photos to life. Your captions and hashtags capture the “what?” and your Photo Map answers the “where?” but until today we’ve never quite been able to answer the “who?”.

Today, we’re excited to introduce Photos of You and bring you a new way to share and discover stories on Instagram. When you upload a photo to Instagram, you’re now able to add people as easily as you add hashtags. Only you can add people to your photos, so you have control over the images you share. And it doesn’t stop at people—you can add any account on Instagram, whether it’s your best friend, favorite coffee shop or even that adorable dog you follow.

There will now be a Photos of You section on your profile. When someone adds you to a photo, you’ll receive a notification and the photo will appear in your Photos of You. Want to make sure you like the photo first? No problem: you can easily adjust your settings so nothing appears on your profile until you approve it. Before your Photos of You section is visible to other people, you’ll have until May 16th to play around and get used to the feature. You can find more information about how Photos of You works and how to control your visibility at

Instagram for iOS version 3.5 is currently available for download in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 3.5 is now available on Google Play.


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Instagrammers Capture San Francisco’s Fog with @KarlTheFog

San Francisco is known for eclectic architecture, steep hills and sweeping bridges, but above all else it’s known for its fog. Unsuspecting tourists visiting in the summer months may not quite welcome San Francisco’s fog with open arms, but those who reside in Fog City have grown accustomed to waking up with a cool grey blanket of fog hugging the rooftops. And within the Instagram community, many have adopted the idea that the fog has a witty personality of his own through the popularity of @karlthefog: the Instagram account belonging to San Francisco’s fog.

California Instagrammers from San Francisco to San Jose have captured Karl’s constant presence by adding @karlthefog to their photos. To see more of Karl’s beautiful grey adventures, head over to @karlthefog’s account on Instagram and be sure to navigate to Karl’s Photos of You section to see the foggy portraits taken by other Instagrammers.