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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPsentbymail

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 #WHPsentbymail, which asked participants to explore the themes of mail and post offices 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: #WHPsentbymail

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 announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

The goal this weekend is to explore the themes of mail and post offices through creative photos and videos. Some tips to get you started:

  • Take a trip to a post office in your town or city. Look for the architectural elements both inside and outside to capture what makes it unique.
  • If you’re more interested in people than buildings, strike up a conversation with your local mail delivery person. Take a portrait of and tell their story in the caption.
  • You can also get crafty with this project. Keep an eye out for old or interesting stamps to photograph or share a photo or video of your own piece of mail art before you send it.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPsentbymail 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: #WHPblackandwhitevideo

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 #WHPblackandwhitevideo, which asked participants to capture creative videos in black and white. 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: #WHPblackandwhitevideo

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 capture creative videos in black and white. Some tips to get you started:

  • Without color, light and shadows become your focal point. Look for window light and cloudy skies for a softer effect or seek out brighter sunlight for more contrast and drama.
  • Shapes also become more apparent in black and white. Focus on patterns and lines to create something more abstract.
  • Don’t forget about sound! Keep your ears open as you shoot and be aware of the sounds being recorded. Avoid windy settings to cut down on noise.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPblackandwhitevideo 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: #WHPframed

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 #WHPframed, which asked participants to use a frame as a creative prop in their photos. 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: #WHPframed

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 announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

The goal this weekend is to use a frame as a creative prop in your photos. Some tips to get you started:

  • Think of your composition as a photo within a photo. Your frame will call attention to a specific part of your scene. Use it to emphasize unexpected elements or highlight details that might otherwise go unnoticed.
  • Your prop doesn’t have to be a traditional picture frame. Objects like tires, eyeglasses or even your own two hands can stand in as creative substitutes.
  • Keep your frame level with your phone for a straight on composition, or try tilting it forward and backwards to create more unconventional shapes.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPframed 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: #WHPhelpinghand

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 #WHPhelpinghand, which asked participants to to go out, make positive change in their communities and document it through photos and videos on Instagram. 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: #WHPhelpinghand

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 announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

The goal this weekend is to go out, make positive change in your community and document it through photos and videos on Instagram. Some tips to get you started:

  • Getting involved can be as big or as small as you make it. To go big, search out volunteer opportunities such as community gardens, food banks or other local initiatives. For something at a smaller scale, do something nice or helpful for a family member, friend or acquaintance.
  • People come together around stories. If you’re helping a specific person, consider taking a portrait of them and sharing their story in the caption. If you’re working with an organization, explain what led you to them and why you were inspired to help.
  • If you’re taking photos or videos at an event, seek out the few moments that best tell the story.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPhelpinghand 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: #WHPresolutions2014

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 #WHPresolutions, which asked participants to capture photos and videos that represent their resolutions for 2014. 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: #WHPresolutions2014

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 announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

To celebrate the new year, we’re bringing back our annual resolutions Weekend Hashtag Project. The goal this weekend is to capture photos and videos that symbolize your resolution for 2014. Some tips to get you started:

  • Spend some time thinking about your resolutions and how you can show them creatively. Some resolutions can be captured in a very straightforward manner, but don’t be afraid to get abstract to express something more complex.
  • If you’ve needed a little inspiration to get started on your resolution, use this project as a chance to jumpstart your new habits! Go visit that friend, pick up that instrument or explore that new part of town.
  • Be sure to include the story and details of your resolution in your caption.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPresolutions2014 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!