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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPthemakingof

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and 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 prompt was #WHPthemakingof, which asked participants to roll up their sleeves and capture videos of things made by hand. 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: #WHPthemakingof

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and 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 roll up your sleeves and capture videos of making things by hand. Some tips to get you started:

  • Use this project as a moment to dust off your skills or try something new. Whether it’s blacksmithing, origami, pottery or cooking, don’t be afraid to be creative, get your hands dirty and—most importantly—have fun!
  • Don’t have a particular craft of your own? Seek out local crafters, bakers, artists and makers. Ask if you can learn about their work and share their craft through your videos.
  • For showing process, think about how to pace your video. In addition to normal speed, you can use slow motion to draw out a single detailed moment or time lapse to fit an entire project into 15 seconds.

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

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPtimelapse

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and 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 time lapse videos. Some tips to get you started:

  • Unlike slow motion videos that are meant to highlight a single moment, time lapse works best when showing a scene over a period of time. Experiment with how time lapse can reveal the rhythms of nature or the patterns in the way groups of people move.
  • Time lapse is also a great way to show process. Whether preparing a meal from start to finish or documenting a work of art as it takes shape, think about the otherwise long actions that you can speed up and show in their entirety.
  • For those on iOS, try using Hyperlapse from Instagram to film your shot. If you’re on Android, check out apps like Lapse It, Time Lapse and Frame Lapse.

For more on how to capture the perfect time lapse video, check out these tips from New York Instagrammer Kevin Lu (@sweatengine).

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

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Capturing the Action at Costa Rica’s Sloth Sanctuary

For more photos and videos from the sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica, browse the #slothsanctuary hashtag and explore the Sloth Sanctuary location page.

On Costa Rica’s eastern coast, some of nature’s slowest mammals call a small refuge home.

The Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica has humble beginnings. Couple Judy Avey-Arroyo and Luis Arroyo had an established history of running a privately-owned biological reserve when neighbors brought them an orphaned baby three-toed sloth. Unable to find assistance from local institutions, they took matters into their own hands and raised the sloth, Buttercup, on their own.

Buttercup is now 21 years old, and the Arroyos have been running their home as an authorized sloth rescue center since 1997. The family-run Sloth Sanctuary has rescued and rehabilitated more than 500 sloths to date, nearly 150 of whom are permanent residents.

As the sanctuary continues its efforts to learn from the sloths in rehabilitation and teach the public about them, Instagrammers are increasingly visiting and documenting their time with the sloths through photos and videos.

Interested in helping out? Explore the sanctuary’s website for more information and ways to get involved.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPbokehinmotion

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 #WHPbokehinmotion, which asked participants to take a creative video using bokeh: the blurred part of an image that’s out of focus. 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: #WHPbokehinmotion

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 project draws its inspiration from a video series started by New York City Instagrammer Alice Gao (@alice_gao). The goal this weekend is to take a creative video using bokeh: the blurred part of your image that’s out of focus. Some tips to get you started:

  • To create bokeh, get up close to a nearby object first and lock your focus on it. You can usually do this by tapping the screen to set the focus and holding your finger there to lock it. After you’ve locked your focus, frame a scene that’s farther away and it should be out of focus.
  • Since your video will be out of focus, think about shapes, colors and movement as the primary elements of your video. Things that are normally very recognizable may become delightfully abstract!
  • Videos like these tend to be very bright, so consider shooting at twilight or nighttime to compensate.

For more inspiration, browse the #bokehinmotion and #bluronpurpose hashtags.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPbokehinmotion 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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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHP3x5

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 #WHP3x5, which asked participants to create a 15-second video made of three five-second clips. 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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Discovering News on Instagram

Interested to know more about how news organizations can use video? Check out some of our tips on how you can get the most out of Instagram video.

Since launching video on Instagram back in June, we’ve seen the many creative ways Instagrammers have used video to express themselves. From a hand-drawn time-lapse artist to a sci-fi TV show series, this community continues to astound us.

Lately we’ve seen media broadcasters—both traditional and non-traditional—experimenting with video to share news and information right here on Instagram.

NowThis News (@nowthisnews) is among those leading the charge. The NowThisNews crew teamed up with Newark Mayor and U.S. Senate-candidate Cory Booker for an Instagram video interview series.

CNN (@CNN) recently launched a 15-second debates micro-site as part of its German elections coverage. The project asks German political parties to answer reporter questions in 15-seconds or less to be shared on Instagram.

For #NPRDumplingWeek, NPR (@NPR) teamed up with chefs to post fun, instructional videos to teach their community how to make Shumai, Manti, Tortellini, and Potstickers.

CBS This Morning (@CBSthismorning) has been using time-lapse to experiment with delivering followers 15-second newscasts, including this one documenting efforts to salvage a massive cruise ship.

We’re always excited to see new ways Instagrammers are using video and we’re excited to see what comes next.

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The Artistic Process Brought to Life through Video

Know any other artists sharing their process through videos on Instagram? Send us a note through Tumblr.

Artists use Instagram to bring people into their studio for an intimate glimpse at their craft, and with last week’s addition of video on Instagram, many artists have begun sharing clips of their works in progress.

To see in-the-making shots brought to life, check out these accounts on Instagram:

Video Tips: Audio on Instagram

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For more tips, tricks and troubleshooting assistance, visit help.instagram.com and browse the tips from our blog!

Watching Video

When you’re viewing a video on Instagram, the sound is controlled by your device’s volume setting. If your phone is set to silent, the video will play with the sound off.

On an iOS device, you can switch the sound on and off by flipping the switch on the left side of your device.

For Android, you can control the volume for a video in two ways:

  • Adjust the device’s media volume under Settings, or
  • Wait for an Instagram video to begin playing, and raise/reduce the volume from the switch on the side of your device

Recording Video

Try these tips to improve the audio quality when recording a video on Instagram:

  • Use your hands-free set, which has a built-in microphone
  • Use an external microphone, like the iStabilizer iRig mic (Apple)
  • Make a removable wind sheild (called a “deadcat” in the film industry) for your device’s microphone

Concerned about videos playing automatically? You can disable auto-play under Settings > Preferences.