Instagram Update Features Camera Redesign and New Filter

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Instagram today launched its 3.2 upgrade, which includes the newly released Willow filter and a camera makeover that improves both the look and speed of in-app picture taking.

    The camera redesign is a welcome change, adding features like quicker access to the Camera Roll for iPhone 5 users, a better layout of the Camera Roll image selector, a rule-of-thirds grid for taking live shots, and an Instagram-themed shutter and shutter release button.

    Instagram's new Willow filter is monochromatic, with hints of purple and a white border. Previously, Instagram's only monochromatic filter was Inkwell, which produces a standard black and white photo.

    The app's tilt shift function received an update, with a new blur algorithm that improves the quality of tilt shift photos, and a number of other small improvements have been added:
    Instagram's update comes as the company is involved in an ongoing dispute with Twitter. Last week, Instagram removed Twitter Card support, which prevents Instagram photos from being displayed as previews in Tweets. During his talk at LeWeb on Dec. 5, Kevin Systrom explained the decision.
    Rumors have also suggested that Twitter is planning on implementing its own photo editing capabilities, including photo filters, in the coming weeks.

    Instagram is a free app for the iPhone that can be downloaded in the App Store.

    Article Link: Instagram Update Features Camera Redesign and New Filter
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
  3. macrumors 65816

    Apr 4, 2007
    los angeles
  4. macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2012
  5. macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2012
    Didn't show on mine either had to search for it in the app store then update. First impression not so good.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2011
    New filter is essentially the same as the old black and white one...
    Facebook buying out Instagram is not looking good anymore :(
  7. macrumors 68040


    Jul 31, 2005
    Couldn't care less about the new filter.

    However, the tilt-shift option has been drastically improved.
  8. macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2010
    San Francisco
    Yea, I noticed that too, its soo much better
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Great! Now I can post more "artistic" pics of fire hydrants to pretend I know a darn about photography.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2004
    Library access

    Has this update disabled full photo library access? Seems I can only access camera roll - or am I being thick?!
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2008
    Rockland/Manhattan/Bay Area
    what is this "tilt-shift" option? I can't seem to find it
  12. macrumors 68000


    Jun 1, 2011
    Planet earth.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Nov 18, 2012
    I like the new update. It came up on my iPad.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    SnowLeopard OSX

    Dec 5, 2012
    In unrelated news, is anyone else upset about how Facebook pulled all Instagram photos on Twitter? It's really upsetting...
  15. macrumors 603


    Aug 5, 2010
    Well the function itself initially came from large format/view cameras. Shift means you're able to use an outer portion of the image circle cast by the lens by shifting it in one of two dimensions. You can get some some amount of vignetting when you do this. It becomes more significant as you approach the edges. It's not quite the same as shifting the entire camera that distance. You're capturing a portion of the image delivered by the lens that you would not see in its standard alignment. It's useful for correcting things like convergence. Tilt is another lens plane movement. It allows you to control the plane of focus. In the instagram sense, it's just doing this with the image you already have. At an analogue level, you would be leveraging a larger image circle projected by the lens. In this case it just adjusts from what you have and crops in as necessary. It can't really be used to put more in focus, but it could be used to throw certain things out of focus to give this impression.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    Did they really? I noticed my photos were missing, but I just thought it was an error...

    That is upsetting :(
  17. macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2011
    New Zealand
    Keeps crashing when I take a picture with it on my iPhone 4S
  18. macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    I like that it no longer allows you to use photos from your camera roll without cropping to the square 1:1 size. Before it would let you leave black bars on the top and bottom if you wanted to.
  19. macrumors member


    Sep 14, 2012
    The selection icons don't need to be that big. Adding one filter with an update is weak.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    Clever way to point out Instagram has new masters... Masters that are going to break the great "small kids on the block" politics Instagram has enjoyed for a few quick jabs at other big Internet companies.

    I suppose you have to sell out... When the big companies come poaching you either play along and take their money... Or watch them poach you talent, clone your product and take your money. I wouldn't be surprised if Hipstamatic is getting offers to sell out as well... Every big player wants their own iPhone App for square photos nowadays.
  21. kirky29, Dec 11, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2012

    macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    Yep, noticed this too! But I find it annoying. Not sure if I fully like this update!


    @kirky29 - if anybody is interested ;-)
  22. macrumors member


    Jan 8, 2012
    North Carolina
    Wow, haters gonna hate.

    Any camera/app/whatever that gets anyone excited or interested in photography is okay by me. As with any art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder...
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2012
    Dubai, UAE
    love the update! i'gram's defi gotten me into photography over the last couple of months. found myself actually reading up wiki on "tilt-shift" :D

    just incase anyone's interested in a good photo filtering app's, i dloaded Snapseed (for those that dont know bout this app) a couple of days back, its currently free, so grab away. its amazing! :eek:
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
  25. macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2012
    I personally hate this change. I always left the black bars there because I prefer the widescreen format vs the 1:1.


    Not to mention a crappy redundant greyscale filter.

    How about a feature worth updating? Like toggling the intensity of effects (like Camera+ has).

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