11 new ways to be a genius on Instagram

What is it about Instagram that invites so much scorn? Maybe it’s because the appbegan as a portal for sepia-tinted shoots of hipsters, close-up pictures of brunch, and millions upon millions of selfiesand, by all accounts, it still is. But we’ve come a long way since the days of #avocadotoast, #iwokeuplikethisand relying on theValencia filter to bring life to everything from shootings of pumpkin spice lattes to Costa Rican beaches.

Over the past couple of years, Instagram has evolved to keep up with other social media channels with a new spread of features. No longer are our photos boxed in Instagram’s iconic, though limiting, square. Instagram’s three stand-alone appsHyperlapse, Layout, andBoomerangbring even more dimensions to your feed. A various forms of third-party apps with advanced editing and sharing features further assistance Instagram’s growth.

Here are some tips-off and tricks that can help you keep up in the new world of Instagram.

1) Use the new Instagram Direct to share with groups

Ever consider a post on Instagram that you want to share with a friend, a family member, or a combination of both? A new version of Instagram Directreleased in September allows you to direct message posts to individuals and groups of users. The update allows for group dialogue threads, group names, and includes a quick camera for sharing selfies.

Say you consider a post you want to share. First, click on the arrow button below the photo.

This will allow you to scroll through a listing of Instagram users you’re following and select the one( s) you’d like to send the post. You can compose a message along with the post as well.Want to send a photo, video, or message you haven’t taken or composed yet? Tap the box icon on the upper-right hand corner, which will allow you to take a photo or write a message before selecting its recipients.

That’s not all. You can direct message location pages andhashtag pagesas well.

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If you send a message to several people onInstagram Direct, it begins a group thread similar to. Continue your dialogue with others in the group through text or emoji.

2) Use emoji when neither terms or images will do

Use emoji on Instagram like you would on any other social media channel. You can use the emoji that’s already on your phone, or download a separate emoji app.

Instagram also allows you to use emoji hashtags, which allow users to unearth all posts that use a specific hashtag.

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This can bring up a wide range of interesting and topical search results. Here’s what happened when I searched for the tropical fish emoji.

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3) Use a timer for above-average selfies

Instagram user Ryan Behner told the company he utilizes a 10 -second timer to capture daily pre-commute selfies of him on his bike.

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As Behner details on Instagram’sblog, use a timer can result in “countless takes” and “embarrassing poses, ” but it also lets him capture shootings that wouldn’t be possible otherwise.

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4) See who else was there before traveling to a remote location

Instagram’s location pagesallow travelers to view posts from users who were in their footsteps. If you’re about to travel to a remote destination of the world or visit a famous landmark, place pages can give you a personal view that you won’t see in any guidebooks.

To access Instagram’s location pages, simply scroll over to the Place alternative below the search bar.

Look what comes up on Instagram after a search for Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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You can choose to view photos from the mountain’s summit, surrounding areas, and climbing routes.

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5) Use Hyperlapse to create a timelapse view of your life

If you haven’t yet downloaded Instagram’s standalone app that enables anyone to shoot time-lapse videos for free, you are truly missing out. With Hyperlapse, Instagram has given millions free access to expensive technologyonce only available to creative professionals.

Painter Andrea Fairserviceuses the app to devote users an artist’s eye position of the make-up of a painting.

For an easy beginner’s exercise into the world of hyperlapse film, try whipping out your telephone the next time you’re bored during a flight. Footage of moving clouds induces for stunning viewing, and it’s pretty hard to mess up.

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6) See what restaurant dishes look like before you order

If you’ve ever looked over a restaurant’s menu and puzzled over what to get, fret not. Instagrammers, intentionally or not, have been steadily creating the world’s largest collection of crowdsourced photos ofrestaurant foodssince the app’s creation in 2010.

Curious about what a new joint’s section sizes look like? Just search for the restaurant by place or hashtag and find what dishes past patrons have shared.

7) Add text to photos and create memes with InstaQuote

Write directly onto your photos with a mix of fonts and sizings with InstaQuote, an app available for both iOS and Google Play.

The app lets you create inspirational or funny memes with any mixture of images and words.

8) Track your fitness and nutrition

Instagram can inspire plenty of lifestyle changes, both good and bad. But for many trying a positive change to their health and fitness routine, Instagram lets them tap into a larger-than-life fitness community. Users can follow personal trainers to access workout videos, routines or tips-off and tricks.

Some post before-and-after shoots to track their progress.

Others, like fitness bloggerJackie Ho, use Instagram to commemorate the end of a race, an epic marathon, or reaching a fitness milestone like running 1,000 miles.

9) Use Boomerang to induce personal GIFs

A standalone app that shoots a explode of photos and fast-forwards them, Boomerang allows you to stimulate GIF-like creations out of everyday experiences.

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Boomerang lets you to shoot in both portrait or scenery. Just aim your camera at a moving object and shoot. The app takes a series of photos and then meshes them together in a mini-video that is similar to a GIF.

Boomerang is available for free oniOSand, as of last week, forGoogle Play.

10) Use the Repost app to repost videos and dedicate credit

There’s no official Instagram version of aretweet. But with Repost, a third-party app, users can repost photographs and videos while dedicating credit to the original creators.

Repostsyncs with your Instagram account, but it only allows you to repost through the app itself.

You can download Repost for free on iOSor Google Play.

11) Use PicsArt to add unique consequences to your photos

Think of PicsArtas Instagram’s cousin who went to art school.PicsArt is frequented by a large community of creatives, from artists to designers to photographers.

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PicsArt is a powerful photo-editing app with technological capabilities similar to Photoshop. The app contains a photo blending and enhancement tool, a clone tool, a crop tool, hundreds of brush filters, and masks. It also can add fun consequences to your photos, like pop art, text, frames, and a lens flare.

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With PicsArt, you can network with other artists and search by speciality.

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PicsArt is available for download for free on iOSand Google Play.

Illustration by Max Fleishman

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