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Behind the InstaMeet: @sejkko, Lisbon

In a new series highlighting cities where InstaMeets happen across the world, we speak to the Instagrammers behind the scenes of organizing. To view more photos and videos from the recent Lisbon InstaMeet, browse the #TwinBridgesMeet hashtag and follow @sejkko on Instagram.

For Portugal Instagrammer Manuel Pita (@sejkko), Instagram is about more than just posting beautiful content—it’s about connecting with people.

The desire to bring together Instagrammers across Europe in the picturesque city of Lisbon led to an InstaMeet of great scale for the eighth Worldwide InstaMeet.

Inspiration

"There is a special brand of creativity in Instagram that carries an European signature, both in terms of aesthetics and concept," says Manuel. "With all this came the desire to explore the connections between Europe and other strong Instagram communities in the US, Asia and Latin America."

Manuel’s idea was to host simultaneous events at Lisbon’s Ponte 25 de Abril and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge in the US to symbolize the European community’s connection with the rest of the world. He got in touch with San Francisco community organizers Brock Sanders (@mrbrock21) and Jim Barcelona (@barce) via Instagram Direct and set “a beautiful project” in motion.

"During several discussions with other Instagrammers—also enabled by Instagram Direct—I became aware of how important it is for the evolution of our communities to meet in person, to be inspired by the multiple dimensions of those we follow and admire. We also spoke about the importance of encouraging people to truly own the way they interact on Instagram."

Organization

Here are Manuel’s tips for organizing an InstaMeet in your city:

  1. "Make your passion for supporting a heterogeneous community of people, united by their expression through Instagram posts, be your first and foremost motivation. This does not exclude the participation of sponsors and brands. But the main goal, and the main idea of your meeting is to bring people who share their love and curiosity for Instagram together. This will ensure that anybody who wants to take part of your initiative will feel included and indeed find a meaningful place in the meeting you organize."
  2. "Find the right balance between giving structure (planning) and allowing self-organization by the people participating in the InstaMeet. The idea of such a meeting is not that there is a fixed itinerary, where everything on a list is done in order. But equally, it is not about people gathering in one place and getting confused about what is going on. There has to be a fair degree of planning of the key elements of your meeting, along with the wonder of discovering the shape it takes when it actually happens."
  3. "Pick a special feature of your city, the people in it or a theme to be highlighted in the InstaMeet. This will allow you all to tell the world a message about something unique. For the #TwinBridgesMeet, we used our bridge and the link it provided with the US community in San Francisco, but it could have been one of many other things about Portugal.”
  4. "One important thing the team in Lisbon—José Lourenço (@joselourenco) Gabirela Mateus (@gmateus) and myself—discussed in our post InstaMeet review was that, for a next event, we would encourage people to wear a name tag. This will make it easy for Instagrammers to interact.”

Reflection

The result was the #TwinBridgesMeet: two large groups of Instagrammers gathering to take photos and videos on Instagram more than 9,109 kilometers (5,660 miles) apart.

"The experience of reviewing the hashtag for our event is something I will never forget," Manuel reflects. "Many people were in Lisbon and San Francisco creating and capturing such a diversity of magical moments. Families with children, school friends, grandmas and grandpas, people on their bicycles, people with their pets, sunrise and sunset gazers, picnics and masqueraders. I found out about so many beautiful things that happened by carefully looking at what people had been adding."

Instagram at South By Southwest!

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South by Southwest is a technology conference, music and film festival that brings some of the most creative people in each industry together in Austin, Texas. The following is a guide to finding Instagram at SXSX 2012!

Interactive Panels SXSW badge-holders can hear Instagram team members speak on the following panels:

InstaMeet: Photowalk This event is open to everyone, even if you aren’t attending SXSW!

  • Sunday, March 11 @ 1:30 PM: Join the Instagram team for Austin’s Worldwide InstaMeet! Starting point is at the northeast corner of 6th & Sabine Streets, rain or shine.

Instagram Sightings at SXSW The following locations will be incorporating your Instagram photographs into their events:

Performances from bands on Instagram These Instagramming bands will have shows during SXSW:

We’re looking forward to meeting as many of you as we can while we’re in Austin, and can’t wait to see your photos tagged with #instameet from this weekend’s Worldwide InstaMeet!

Weekend Hashtag Project: #farawaypeople

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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 photo from her announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s theme was #farawaypeople, which asked participants to capture candid or posed photographs of people from a distance. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest on Instagram here.

Photos by sharonkim_, skiescolliiide, denbrooks, swiss_coco, katieanndenis, escapistsalley, julezw, batenoyer, tspear, jeijay, filipal & patuci.

Update: What’s New in Version 2.2

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Good news! Instagram v2.2 is now available in the App Store! Here’s what’s new:

Faster Camera

We’ve made it faster than ever for you to snap + share photos on Instagram.

Sharing Support for ミクシィ/ Mixi and 新浪微博 / Weibo (Japan & China)

We now support sharing to Mixi and Weibo, two popular social networks in Japan and China, respectively. If you have a Mixi or Weibo account, you can link the account to Instagram by tapping Profile > Edit Sharing Settings > Mixi / Weibo.

Change Profile Photo from Profile Page

You can now change your profile photo from your profile page — just tap the gear icon in the top right corner.

Bug Fixes

This version fixes a bug that caused filters to not apply in some cases when using Lux, as well as a bug that sometimes caused photos to not save to your photo library.

Weekend Hashtag Project: #tunnelvisions

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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 @jayzombie and look for a photo from her announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s theme was #tunnelvisions, which asked participants to search for tunnels to photograph. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest on Instagram here.

Photos by yalinbuyukdora, melliemelg, melanierin, frau_hecht, hannaeffie, miss_jess, wesq, stevecarter, skipintro, kasyah, nwittwerkbetti.

Instagram Tips: Using Sierra

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Instagram Tips is a series that features Instagram-related pro-tips for both novice and expert users alike!  Check out the Support Center, help.instagram.com, for more tips & help for Instagram.

The newest filter available in Instagram v2.1, Sierra, has been a wonderful addition to our filter family. With a subtle pink tone and a wonderful big border, this filter looks fantastic with most subjects — from landscapes, architecture and portraits (both pets and people) to nature macros and even #fromwhereistand photographs!

While Sierra can be applied to many different types of photographs, we’ve found that it can make scenes that lack contrast or an even exposure appear more desaturated or washed out. If that isn’t an intended photographic style, you can simply apply Lux, our newest photo editing tool, to bring back some of that pop to the scene!

Take a look at these beautiful photographs that have used this new filter, and be sure to tag any of your own Sierra photos with #sierra.

Photos by matescho, yashualangeman, elem, candykay, eithnesusan & meerkatwoman.

Weekend Hashtag Project: #tinyhorizon

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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 @jayzombie and look for a photo from her announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s theme was #tinyhorizon, which asked participants to pull back their focus and capture a big sky with a small horizon line. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest on Instagram here.

Photos by timothyschenck, angeline716, clintus, shauna610, ashleycakesomara, diyosacarter, darmix87, jackiejaszka, cyrenakh, kkuiper, analeko & hiimanet.

Photo Tips: Stick with A Theme

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With almost 200 communities participating in the upcoming Worldwide InstaMeetwe wanted to provide some photography tips to help you make your city’s photowalk unique!

Subjects

Select a subject that is easily discoverable on your photowalk’s route. Can you plan the walk so you pass only tall buildings? Are you able to find multiple windows with hand-painted letters? Perhaps there’s a lot of street art in your city! Pre-planning your walk, picking up on common subjects, then providing that subject as a theme will challenge photowalk participants to see subjects that may otherwise go unnoticed!

Filters

Utilize only one filter on every shared photograph. While this can be a huge challenge, having a visually cohesive theme will result in a beautiful hashtag pool for your city’s photowalk, as well as your personal photo feed. Try asking participants to utilize only the new Sierra filter with a border, then share any obstacles you come across as a result while you walk along!

Props

Photograph the same prop interacting with multiple scenes. Ask participants to bring similarly themed props to the photowalk, like vinyl toys or fake moustaches, and provide them with unique situations that they should photograph their props in. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to see a photowalk hashtag filled with mini toy dinosaurs taking over a city?! The only way to answer that question is with an all caps “YES!”.

These ideas aren’t just great for creating a fun and interesting photowalk - they can also be applied to your own photography! Challenge yourself to stick to one (or several) of these themes for an entire month. Not only will your Instagram profile look beautiful, but you’ll likely learn a thing or two about photography in the process!

InstaMeet banner image provided by @lauralawson.

Instagram Tips: Using Lux

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Instagram Tips is a series that features Instagram-related pro-tips for both novice and expert users alike!  Check out the Support Center, help.instagram.com, for more tips & help for Instagram.

If you missed the news, Instagram v2.1 is out and we’ve introduced a new feature called Lux. With a single tap, photos that are underexposed or lack contrast are instantly transformed. We’ve found that Lux is especially perfect for landscapes & cityscapes. Check out the example photos below to get a better idea of when Lux works best!

An underexposed iPhone photo of a building due to poor lighting from shade is transformed into a lovely detailed shot. Lux balances the exposure, provides much needed brightness, and the image really comes to life.

This already beautiful photo is significantly improved with Lux. The colors become brighter, details in the sign and tower are brought out, and the contrast in the sky makes the clouds pop.

The original image is your standard mobile phone photo - decent exposure, good color, and plenty of detail. But with the addition of Lux the colors become more vibrant and you begin to notice details that weren’t visible before. Lux truly transforms your photos …

… and with the addition of a filter, they can become even more beautiful!

Be sure to tag any of your photos that utilize this new feature with #lux in order to share your photos’ stunning enhancements!

Update: What’s New in Version 2.1

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Good news! Instagram v2.1 is now available in the App Store! Here’s what’s new:

New Feature: Lux

We’ve given you a new way to instantly transform the look and feel of your photos. In just one tap, Lux works its magic by making your photos more vibrant and bringing out details you couldn’t see before. Use it with a filter or without.

New Filter: Sierra

We’ve added a new filter!

Simplified + Improved UI

We’ve simplified the look of Instagram. The improved header and menu buttons in this release are the first steps towards making it easier to understand and interact with our app.

Tappable Notifications

Now, when you tap on an Instagram notification in the iOS Notification Center, you’re brought directly to the relevant photo, comment or user profile page in the app.