I’ve been thinking a fair bit about how I share photographs online, recently. The whole Instagram debacle probably got me started (read my Thoughts on Instagram post for a bit of background). I don’t think I miss Instagram. There are plenty of other photography apps that include fun, retro filters. I wasn’t too fussed about the community element either. But something’s not right. I really enjoy taking and sharing photos with my iPhone, as well as my DSLR, but I don’t find myself doing it as much at the moment. It could just be the weather. Or perhaps not…
I have concluded that I need to redefine my aims about sharing photos and then come up with some sort of workflow, and I will, of course, share that process here.
In the meantime though, I have found a wonderful photography app that definitely beats Instagram as a photo editor. It’s called Aviary.
Aviary is a free app available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7 and the web. It’s a sophisticated, user-friendly photo editor, including frames effects and quirky additions like stickers. You can purchase additional elements from within the app, but the free basics are excellent. Check out the full list of features here: Aviary Features.
The app is really easy to use. This excellent review article will take you through the basics: Photo Editor by Aviary for Android and iOS.
The only downside to this app is the social media sharing options (iOS only, Android seems fine). This appears commons across most iOS photography apps. With Aviary you can share with Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and Facebook. Unfortunately the Facebook sharing is with your profile, not a page (no good for me) and the Flickr sharing does not seem to allow you to specify tags and add other information to your photo. However, I am researching a work-around at the moment, perhaps using IFFFT. It’s such a good editor that I am really keen to make this work.
Do check it out and watch this space for iMakeography developments…