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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.

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.

Upcoming Mobile Photography Events

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The Photo Essay Project  September 26  New York City

The Photo Essay Project, organized by Bindu Wiles, is a 5 week coursewith photo assignments that uses Instagram & Tumblr in order to “get you progressively outside your comfort zone both photographically and emotionally.” Though Wiles is in New York City, she will be helping and inspiring participants through live web cam sessions, which will also be recorded and shared online. The Photo Essay Project starts September 26th and you can find more information and register for the course at her website: http://binduwiles.com/iphone-photo-essay-project/

ACP Festival: #iPhoneography • October 6 - December 31 Atlanta

This year at the Atlanta Celebrates Photography festival there will be an exhibition called #iPhoneography from October 6th through December 31st at Gallery 1 in Atlanta featuring mobile photography by Instagram users @konstruktivist, @_raygun, @sionfullana, @anton_in_nyc, and @koci. More information about the exhibit is available on the ACP website here: http://bit.ly/ACPiPhoneography.

1197.is • October 22 • San Francisco

According to the creators of 1197.is (full disclosure: our very own @jayzombie is one of the co-founders!) “the first camera phone photo was taken on June 11th, 1997. In honor of that date, 1197 is a one-day conference dedicated to mobile & iPhone photography, presented by Bolt | Peters and Blurb.” The conference takes place October 22nd at Mission Bay in San Francisco. Be sure to check out their website at 1197.is to read all about their photo contest, art gallery, photo walk, workshop, and talks that will be taking place. Registration is open now, and Instagram users can get discounted tickets (including tickets to the live stream for those who can’t be in SF) here:  http://bit.ly/1197discount.

My World Shared  October 22 - 23 • London

Instagram members located in London decided, over the course of several InstaMeets, to organize and curate an exhibit called “My World Shared,” which takes place October 22-23rd at the East Gallery in London. They have even launched a contest with wonderful prizes from companies like StickyGram, Instagoodies, Olloclip, Keepsy, and more! Be sure to check out information on the exhibition and contest at their website,myworldshared.com.

Do you know of any mobile photography galleries, conferences, or workshops happening in your area? We’d love to hear about them! Reblog this post and tell us about any and all upcoming mobile photography events.