Instagram, the popular photo sharing service no more belongs to Apple, after it was bought by social networking giant Facebook for an estimated $ 1bn. This may not work well with some die hard Apple fans. Even though Facebook stated that Instagram will remain an independent, standalone service without making any changes that will affect the Apple user community. However being under the control of a different firm, you can always expect some changes which may not go well with its current Apple device friendly features. Find which services comes under the list of alternatives to Instagram.
Hipstamatic is an old kid on the block in App store for a long period. The service is incredibly versatile with its controls and got a unique vintage camera look. Unlike filters which are used in other services, Hipstamatic provides lenses, film and flash to shoot, taking back to the time of using vintage cameras. The service also allows photo sharing with Hipstamatic community and also through social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Flickr. You can also interact with others by participating in contests and sharing albums. They have their own cloud service and print lab which allow ordering prints from your favourite snaps.
Camerabag offers an array of vintage camera effects. You can reprocess the photo by double tapping one of the 15 available filters. You can obtain very dramatic effects and variations using these filters by making several changes over the image using original filter. A drawback of Camerabag is the absence of integration with social networking sites. However, you can interact with Camerabag users in Camerabag Flickr Group. You can also share photos by emailing and save it to your camera roll.
Magic Hour is the right choice for hardcore filter lovers. The service provides you with 40 filters to start with and an additional list of in-app Filter market from where you can download additional filters with no extra costs. Magic Hour also allow users to create their own filters and share it with other in filter market. The service is also heavily integrated with social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare, Tumblr and Posterous. They also provide easy uploading to cloud DropBox and Evernote.
Phototoaster is one of the services which provide high quality tools for tweaking and designing the pictures the way you want it. They provide 3 sets of automatic filters basic, supreme and deluxe. Each of these filters are equipped with a set of more filters. With the deluxe filter, you get more tools for hardcore editing. This service is highly recommended to tweak lighting and contrast, add a vignette and provide a complimentary border. The result can be directly saved to album, send via e-mail, or sms, or shared using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and Tumblr.
Pixlr-O-Matic is quite popular and free service. They allow combining different photo effects to customize the image, the way you like. The service provides 26 filters to choose from and 30 light settings to give it effect. The Pixlr-O-Matic app is also known as darkroom app. A main advantage of the service is their image sharing service imm.io. Once the image is published, you can use the link to share it with others. This way you can control who and who not to see your uploaded image.
Via.Me may not be the best choice if you are not interested in social networking integration. The service requires either Facebook or Twitter integration to work. Once you link service with Facebook or Twitter, you can opt not to post automatically to your accounts. Instead you can save it inside Via.Me. It ‘s a centralized feed where you can add friends, keep track of them and even share sound and video clips. The best way to describe Via.Me is that it is a Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr hybrid according to Shiny Shiny’s App of The Day. The service comes with 17 filters which is named after different cities.