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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPmirrormirror

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 take creative photos using mirrors to capture creative photos. Some tips to get you started:

  • Seek out the unexpected. Think about how you can surprise people with what you capture in the mirror’s reflection.
  • Pay attention to your background and setting. What’s happening around the mirror tells as much of the story as what the mirror reflects.
  • Finally, have patience. Getting a shot just right with mirrors takes a lot trial and error as you adjust. Having a friend on hand can be especially helpful.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPmirrormirror 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!

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPLightsAtNight

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 #WHPLightsAtNight, which asked participants to take creative photos and videos of lights at night. 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: #WHPLightsAtNight

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 take creative photos and videos of lights at night. Some tips to get you started:

  • As you plan your project, pay attention to whatever lights catch your eye. Neon signs, moonlight, street lamps and candles are all excellent starts.
  • Shooting at night can be difficult. To prevent your photo or video from being too bright or grainy, tap the brightest part of your frame to adjust the exposure.
  • For a more impressionistic feeling, experiment with capturing your photo or video out of focus. To do this, tap your screen to focus on something nearby and hold it until it locks. After you’ve locked it, frame a scene that’s farther away and it should be out of focus.
  • Finally, for those Instagrammers celebrating Independence Day in the United States this weekend, fireworks shows and sparklers can also provide ample creative material.

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

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPstreetstyle

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 #WHPstreetstyle, which asked participants to capture the style of a passerby. 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: #WHPstreetstyle

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 break out of your comfort zone and capture the style of a passerby in public, whether it’s punk, preppy or anywhere in-between. Some tips to get you started:

  • Before you start shooting, figure out your location and think about the lighting so you can quickly position yourself when it comes time to take the photo.
  • Try starting by complimenting a person on their style. Strike up a conversation and be respectful—if they say “no,” thank them and seek out someone else.
  • If you talk to the person you’ve photographed, don’t forget to ask if they’re on Instagram. If they are, tag them so they can see the result!

For more tips and insights, check out this video with tips from the Sartorialist (@thesartorialist).

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPstreetstyle 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!

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPsolstice

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 #WHPsolstice, which asked participants to capture the changing light of the seasons through creative photos and videos. 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: #WHPsolstice

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.

Saturday marks the June solstice, the longest day of the year and first day of summer in the northern hemisphere. In the south, it stands as the shortest day and welcomes winter. In honor of the solstice, the goal this weekend is to capture the essence of the changing seasons in your region through creative photos and videos. Some tips to get you started:

  • Take a moment to think about the nature around you and how it’s changing. Whether it’s flowers in full-bloom or barren branches, look for the rhythms of the natural world around you.
  • Let the dramatic solstice light guide your creativity. Experiment with direct sun, long shadows and the brilliant harsh light that summer brings. For those starting winter, consider warming fires, twinkling city lights and the mystery darkness can bring to your photos.
  • If you live in a region that sees little variation in nature throughout the year, seek inspiration in the seasonal recipes, fashion and events where you live.

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

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPGameOn

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 #WHPGameOn, which asked participants to celebrate the beginning of the 2014 World Cup (@fifaworldcup) and cheer on their countries with creative and photos and videos. 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: #WHPGameOn

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 week marks the beginning of the 2014 World Cup! To celebrate, the goal this weekend is to cheer on your country with creative photos and videos showing how you’re getting involved. Some tips to get you started:

  • Think about how you’re supporting your country’s team from home and get creative! Consider snapping a portrait with a mask or face paint, photographing your collection of team memorabilia or capturing the excitement of your friends and family watching the matches.
  • Are you an athlete yourself? Break out video and show some of your best moves. You can even try experimenting with slow-motion to make your kicks even more epic.
  • Finally, if you’re lucky enough to be on the ground at the World Cup in Brazil, seek out and capture unique perspectives and unexpected details from the stadium to the streets.

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

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPthriftshop

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 #WHPthriftshop, which asked participants to take creative photos inspired by their finds in thrift stores and flea markets. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.