Confession: I love Instagram.
Yes, it’s another social media feed to follow, another app to open, but I love it. I love looking at my friend’s quirky pictures of their lives, and I love trying to find just the right filter when posting my own. Sometimes, following a few close friends on Instagram can mean you learn more about their day-to-day lives than you would on the more populated Facebook and Twitter.
At the beginning of summer, I noticed a few of my more social media-forward friends posting pictures to Instagram that were actually collages. I immediately searched all of the menus in the app to determine how this was possible. And it wasn’t. So how did they do this?
Using a photo stitching app like Diptic can be a great way to tell a story. Here’s just one example: we call our dog Janet, a black lab, a cow. Ever since she was a tiny puppy, she has made mooing noises when she stretches or just feels like grunting. She’s the size of a calf, she’s black and she has that habit of munching on grass (which I know most dogs do but it just adds to the cow illusion with Janet). We even dressed her up as a cow one Halloween. Recently, Janet (who has been plagued with allergies most of her life) was prescribed cow wipes, which are used to prepare real cows for milking but are apparently also used to wipe the allergens off of the Janet cow. Every time I pull out the bucket of cow wipes, I can’t help but laugh over poor Janet’s continued parallels with her bovine friends.
But if you didn’t know that whole story (and maybe you wish you didn’t), you could see this picture that I created in Diptic and get a quick idea of what I’m talking about:
After choosing my side-by-side collage format in Diptic, I uploaded the two pictures. I then simply exported to Instagram, where I chose a filter and posted. But that’s not your only option. Diptic boasts 52 different layouts for a variety of collages; the ability to import from Facebook, Flickr or your phone; freedom to rearrange your pictures however you’d like; the power to edit the color, brightness and other aspects of each photo individually or as a group; the option to apply filters much like Instagram; and finally the choice to export to your phone, email, Facebook, Flickr, Posterous, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram or other apps.
In my opinion, Diptic isn’t just for telling stories about how your dog resembles another species entirely. It can be a great way to show a before and after, to tell a story, to go all artistic and put several versions of the same photo together, and much more.
Here are some other ways social media users have put Diptic to use:
How have you used Diptic, if at all? What do you see as its major attractions?