It all started when I was 10 years old and chose photography as my science project.  My mom already had her own darkroom set up, and so, old-fashioned film development was easy. I won first place.

Since, I’ve been photo editor of my college paper, and have held three photography jobs. Though professional posed photography never became my niche, I still enjoy taking my own candid shots. Our annual family photos are done myself as are several of the most memorable photos of my daughter over the past 8 years.


At the insistence of two of my friends, I downloaded the Instagram Iphone app. At first, I didn’t get it.”So, you take photos with the app and then post them on FaceBook thus preventing everyone from scrolling through the photos.. I don’t get it” But, after watching one of those friends post for a few days, it soon became clear to me. Instagram is it’s own social entity. A Facebook or Twitter for photos, if you will. Within the program are 17 different filters to change the color balance or hue of your photo. But see, your options don’t end there. There are dozens of other Iphone apps out there which allow you to further tweak your photos, adding even more pizazz.

Photos can be tagged (like in Twitter) with keywords that describe your photo, like #cat, #daughter, #littlerock, #night, #day, etc. There are actually endless possibilities for tagging and multiple tags can be added to each photo. Once tagged, others can view your photos in a public collection. If people like your photo, they’ll tell you. Sometimes, people can even comment on your photo. At times, there are even photo challenges, like #linear photos, #hdr contests or even, today, for example, I was asked to tag my first 4 photos that I ever posted in a group (#my_first_4). People can follow you, and you can follow them. (Just always be careful of what you Geotag, of course to ensure someone doesn’t literally follow you…).

Once I learned all of the editing options, I found it addicting. If you’re like me, you can find me @gespurr. My husband plays along, too @Old_pines.

PhotoStudio, PSExpress, TrueHDR and SimplyHDR are just four of the Iphone Apps I use to further tweak my Instagram photos
Three edits of the same photo I took while walking into work

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About gespurr

Emily was born in Southwestern Louisiana and has moved over 20 times in her life through nine different states. Most of her life was spent in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, where she met her husband and had her only child. Both she and her husband are also only children. She graduated from Stillwater (MN) High School in 1992 and from the University of Wisconsin in 1997 with a BS in Journalism. Three years later, she met her husband, George, and they married in 2002. Their daughter, Kathryn, was born early in 2004. She relocated with her family back to Arkansas in 2005 after being away for 30 years. She currently works as a customer service representative for an insurance company and lives in North Little Rock. When not taking care of her daughter she is either cooking, working, cleaning house, sewing, gardening, knitting, crocheting hiking, traveling or spending time with her husband.

Posted on November 16, 2011, in Social and Technology. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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