Other than the complete lack of sharing, the only other differences between Photomage and Instagram, is that during shooting, PhotoMage has a Blur toggle. This provides you with a circular clear spot where everything is in focus and everything outside the circle is out of focus. The size of the circle may be altered by pinching.
The other difference is that you can add a caption directly to the photo. And you can do so in on of 6 fonts.
Other than that, there are no other features at all.
I think the most impressive aspect of these photos is, they were all shot the same day! Gotta Love Alberta. It started off as a rainy day, then moved into a full on Blizzard (though its hard to tell in the shot), and then ended with a beautiful sunset!!! And I had a bowl of broccoli and cauliflower at some point as well!
So this up coming week is being posted over a week after the fact. I have to be honest, this was a tough week.
PhotoMage sounded quite nice. Simple interface, handy filters, extra edit options. Yeah, not so much.
Lets just say, PhotoMage is almost EXACTLY Instagram. Minus the sharing portion. And by that I mean there are ZERO sharing options in this app.
In the end, yes, Instagram is a well made app, has many features without being overly complicated. And chicks dig it!
One thing I DO find Instagram handy for is having an impact on my Klout score. If you’re a social media monger like myself and you’re not on Klout, you need to remedy that!
I personally don’t quite see the appeal of having yet another account on another service and having to scroll one photo at a time on my phone. I find I almost never look at other photos people have done with Instagram unless those photos have been posted to Facebook.
That you can only shoot square images is a bit annoying to me. I have a rather cinematic view of the world and a lot of my images feel better to me in a more 16:9 aspect ratio. But even at that, I can’t deny that square photos do actually feel artsy-er.
Part of instagrams appeal is obviously its filter set. It’s filters certainly do add some very warm qualities. It makes the photos seem more like you were remembering a photo from your past even though you just took it. And that’s why photography is largely about, memories.