You may have noticed that digital photographic art is all the rage these days. If you're unfamiliar with this trend, it's where you take photographs, then enhance them digitally to make art out of them. People have been doing this with software like Adobe Photoshop and Gimp for a long time. This usually requires uploading your photos from your camera or phone to your computer, then working on them, then re-uploading them to whatever photo-sharing site you're using (Facebook, Flickr, Photobucket, etc.).
However, now that so many of us are taking photographs on our mobile phones, applications are being developed to do the digital artwork right on the device, then upload it directly to our photo-sharing site (almost instantly). A couple of months ago, I highlighted an application called Scalado, which will allow users to remove objects from a photo - I'm still waiting for that one to be available on my Droid.
Another application that has been getting a lot of attention lately is Instagram, which has been available on iPhones for a while, and just became available on the Android devices this week.
I've tried it out, and I think it's a great option for folks who just want to give their photos a little artistic flare before sharing them on your favorite photo-sharing social network. Basically, you snap the photo (either using the "advanced" features in the program, or your camera's features), and then run it through one of several "filters" available. The filters are the equivalent of merging a filter in Gimp or Photoshop, to make your photo look distressed, or like an oil painting, or like an old photograph, or whatever.
Instagram has its own voting system and the most popular photos are available for viewing by the community. You can use the site to network with your friends who are in your contacts lists on your phone, in Facebook, or in Twitter. The Instagram blog has tips and tricks for using other available marketplace apps to improve your composition, create collages, or get more creative with your photography and mobile art.
Flickr has a massive compilation of photos created using Instagram, mostly on iPhones, because the app just became avaiable on Android this week.
Have a Happy and Blessed Easter weekend with friends and family, everyone!