Love it or hate it, there's no denying Instagram is simple to use, allowing users to snap, process, and share photos without the need for a computer. But what happens when you feel like you've hit the Instagram limit and the dozen or so filters available are no longer enough for your smartphone-based photography?
This year, I've probably taken about 5,000 photos with my iPhone. When I first got a DSLR, I took probably 10,000 photos the first year, if not more. Any photographer will tell you the more photos you take, the better you'll get. This is certainly true of smartphones as well, and while there are plenty of GPOYs (Gratuitous Picture Of Yourself) and cat photos, there are a lot of beautifully composed photos taken with phones. If you lack inspiration, you can subscribe to a couple of talented photographers and follow their social networking feeds to check out what you can do. Chantelle from Fatmumslim has got a daily photo challenge that will get you motivated.AppsGoneFree, which highlights free apps daily. A lot of paid apps end up being free for a short time. That's how you can leverage your smartphone and try out as many apps as you want. HDR FX Pro ($1.99) and TiltShiftGen ($0.99). I tend to process HDR photos taken with my iPhone through HDR FX Pro first, which allows me to slightly modify the general image. Then, if I want to, I use TiltShiftGen to add a bit of vignetting and staggered blur to them.