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Transform any Instagram photo into ASCII Art

A few days ago one internet user shared in his Twitter account something really cool. For some reason, Instagram/Facebook‘s public photos, can be “translated” into ASCII code simply adding an extension to them. The reason? Although there isn’t any official announcement, could be some new product/service that Facebook have under their sleeves or… it’s just some developers having fun Anyway, it’s a cool trick for give our photos some new perspective. So. How it’s done? First of all, it must be done from a browser (Safari in this example) and you need to know your picture URL. This could be done inspecting your photo and opening it in a new tab.       From there you just need to append the extension to the image URL as follows: append “.txt” for classic ASCII art or append “.html” for colored ASCII art The result is an artistic version of our photos in ASCII code:   UPDATE: There’s an app for that. Well, sort of. In this site you can just paste the Instagram URL for your picture (from instagram.com), select the ASCII style and press MAGIC: http://thought.ai/ascii/ Enjoy and share! Photo credit:...

Salento UPNDOWN: an Instagram tour describing Salento

Salento UPNDOWN: an Instagram tour describing Salento   By : Milena Calogiuri and Gabriele dell’Anna from Instagramers Lecce @igersLecce, Italy   Salento Upndown stems from a partnership between Instragramers Lecce and the e-government Laboratory of the University of Salento. The bond consists in promoting the local territory via mobile photography, with the photographic and personal storytelling of the influencers who have been invited to participate. The project developed into a tour which aimed at discovering Salento in an “up and down” mode. From May 29 to June 3, 2015 a bus, 24 participants, Instagramers and bloggers –among them 5 foreigners- experienced a variety of programmes and activities, namely guided tours in the historic town-centres and on the seaside, in tiny historic villages, museums, dancing pizzica, wine tastings, boat trips and excursions, sup lessons, brunches, appetizers in the wonderful locations near the sea and in the Salento olive groves. The hinterland like nobody has ever seen it: history and technology merged together enhancing the culture and local traditions. The ribbon cutting event took place in the city of Lecce where, following introductions, influencers were involved in art and food shows, prize-awarding ceremonies, and university-hosted functions. Day one kicked off with an energetic pasticciotto which provided the right amount of energy to formally start this adventurous Instagram Tour. The tour continued across Salento to Gallipoli, Matino, Santa Maria di Leuca, Lido Sabbioso – Torre San Giovanni, Tuglie, Felline, Otranto, Torre Lapillo, Veglie. The hashtag #SalentoUpNdown accounted for 1.427 posts, 500.000 likes, more than 2.500 interactions and almost 3.000.000 followers updated to June, 30th going viral and characterizing the whole territory of...

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Hyperlapse, Layout & Boomerang. The Instagram Ecosystem.

First was Hyperlapse (actually it was Bolt, but was only launched in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa), then Layout and a few months ago we knew Boomerang. This Instagram’s proprietary applications trio reached us without notice and to the surprise of many. Do we expect them? No. Do we needed them? Maybe. If you had not even heard of them before, let me tell you what are they for. Hyperlapse The first Instagram’s approach of complementary applications to its popular photo-sharing platform was with Hyperlapse. Introduced on August 26, 2014, Hyperlapse allows us to film videos and thanks to our smartphone’s gyroscopes, after processing it, achieve stabilized video, greatly reducing the natural “shaking” when filming motion on phones. How do I use it? When you start Hyperlapse, the first (and only) thing that you’ll see is its simple interface that will show the phone’s rear camera and let you choose to flip it to take a “selfielapse“. Then you only have to press the main button to begin filming and press it again to stop the recording. The “magic” happens when in seconds everything is processed and almost instantly gives you in result a super-stabilized video that can be speeded up to 12X times its original speed (ideal for long footage). The generated “hyperlapse” is automatically stored in our reel and allows us to share it on Facebook and of course, Instagram.   So why a standalone app and not a feature? According to Instagram’s team to include it within the core functions they had to ”hide it” to keep the usability simple to millions of users. This would hurt Hyperlapse, making it something annoying to use...

Enlight, a great photo edition app for iOS

In mobile photography photo editing is one of the most important factor. Many photo editing applications usually have a point where they are very good, but very few stand out as having several. A few days ago appeared on App Store an application that has managed to put together a number of very significant and very sophisticated with a simple and intuitive visualization photographic settings. Enlight is the application to which I refer. The possibilities with this application in mobile photography in iOS are great. From basic settings to very complex settings. The possibility of using masks, layers, creative options, curves, or even noise reduction are some of the options from Lightricks brings with Enlight. I could do some tests and the results are more than satisfactory for a workflow from start to finish. Here you are the most interesting options that the app has: Accurate and selective control of tone, color and details Create and save your own personal presets Mask function available in all the tools to  combine effects Play the style of classic cameras and photographic film Gradients Add lights filtered and vignetting Monochrome photos with traditional darkroom techniques Add artistic touches with film parameters: intensity, grain and veiled   Create pictorial effects Customize: draw, write or scribble directly on the image Signs and special effects to make your photo unique Overlay two photos to create a double exposure effect Create stunning photomontages and gets surreal effects Combine photos with various blending modes Repairs instantly underexposed or overexposed photos Noise reduction tool highest quality Swells, shrinks or alter certain objects photo Options tilt-shift linear, radial and mirror...

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Meeting Instagramers Gallery artist Eliska Podzimkova aka @animateny

Meeting Instagramers Gallery artist Eliska Podzimkova aka @animateny   Instagramers Gallery, located at Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Fuencarral 3 in Madrid, is the first Instagramers Gallery in Europe, where you can find a permanent exhibition of  stunning photos printed on picblocs and amazing artwork of 20 mobile photography artists from all over the world.   Instagramers.com wants to highlight the story of each artist, revealing their passions, experiences and other great artists they have met through or inspired them on Instagram. On Instagramers.com they exclusively share their vision of the world with some funny off the record questions and they’ll be sharing their best Instagram tips with us.   Today we are happy and honored to introduce you to Eliska from Czech Republic. “Hello or Ahoj how we say in the Czech Republic where I am from. I am 23 years old animator from little town near Prague, but I currently live between NYC and Prague. What do I do? Well, I am trying to live post graduate life in a way I like and do what I love. So I draw, I take pictures, animate, travel, cuddle my dog, snuggle with my girlfriend, discover new places and revisit the old ones. I am open to any cool projects what people offer me to work on and I am always open to travel anywhere.” . You can find Eliska on: Instagram: @animateny Twitter: @animateny Her official website is in process of making: animateny.com     Some funny questions!  You are: To young to be serious… You would like to be: A person who enjoys life fully. 3 items to take to a desert island: Camera, beer, my dog. What...

Meeting Instagramers Gallery artist Kobayashi Hitoshi aka @twinleaves

Meeting Instagramers Gallery artist Kobayashi Hitoshi aka @twinleaves     Instagramers Gallery, located at Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Fuencarral 3 in Madrid, is the first Instagramers Gallery in Europe, where you can find a permanent exhibition of  stunning photos printed on picblocs and amazing artwork of 20 mobile photography artists from all over the world.   Instagramers.com wants to highlight the story of each artist, revealing their passions, experiences and other great artists they have met through or inspired them on Instagram. On Instagramers.com they exclusively share their vision of the world with some funny off the record questions and they’ll be sharing their best Instagram tips with us.   Today we are happy and honored to introduce you to Kobayashi from Tokyo. “Hi! My name is Kobayashi Hitoshi from Japan. Born and raised in Tokyo, I’m now working as salesman for a printing machinery company. I like capturing photos downtown on the street. I’m always looking for an old building, cleaning tools and potted plants. There are a lot of walls that have a history of their own. If I’m walking downtown, I seek the walls that have a little bit of life on it.” . You can find Kobayashi on: Instagram: @twinleaves Twitter: @twinleaves Tumblr: Twinleaves     Some funny questions!  You are: A street photographer. You would like to be: A traveler around the world. 3 items to take to a desert island: A camera, encyclopedia, and my dog. What has been your most bizarre life experience: The sense that someone embraced me, while sleeping in a hotel bed. (And no-one was there!) A super power would you like to have:  To control gravity. If you ruled the world:  I...
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