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Described by wired.com as “the repository of some of the best snapshots on the net,” Instagram topped 10 million users even before celebrating its first birthday. That popularity is reflected in Oklahoma City, with more than 5,400 photos given the hashtag #okc. The #igersokc community got together early this year for its first “insta-meet,” taking photos in downtown OKC.

The app differs from photo-sharing feeds like Picasa and Flickr due to its 11 filters, taking an otherwise “meh” picture to new heights, whether it’s increasing contrast (hefe), making it black and white (Inkwell) or giving it a retro Polaroid look (1977).

The iPhone-only app (for
now) is free in the iTunes store and lets you find and follow friends
from your Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as sharing your
Instagram pics on your other social networks, adding a caption and even
geo-tagging it. Users have followers, and can like and comment on each
other’s photos. IG lets users import any photo from the camera library
or take pictures on the spot. Additional third-party editing apps like
Snapfeed ($4.99) or Noir ($2.99) can further enhance the photos. For
macro shots —
like getting close-ups on creepy crawlies or beautiful buds — users can
buy a lens from PhotoJojo for the iPhone.

What makes it truly special for local IGers?

Edmond “iPhoneographer”
Elizabeth Panko (@elizabethNDP), who has been on Instagram since June of
2011, says of the community, “Instagram has some of the most talented,
inspiring and supportive people I have ever encountered on such a
consistent basis,” said Panko. “By participating in IG, my skills as a
photographer have grown exponentially by experimenting with editing
techniques used by other IG members, as well as by participating in
various challenges and contests. Not only is IG a wonderful creative
outlet, it is a great source of connection and support.”

Beth Weiss (@pernicioustwit), the draw is simple: “Oklahoma sunsets
rock.” A Bethany mom and co-owner of Weiss Productions, she often takes
pictures of the gorgeous Oklahoma sunsets, particularly at her “happy
place,” Lake Overholser in Bethany.

opened her account July 4 and has connected with other IGers as far
away as Australia. Like Panko, she said she enjoys the community of

“Behind every picture there’s a person that’s put a lot of thought, feeling, emotion and editing into it,” said Weiss.

encourages IGers to consider color, contrast, composition, framing or
catching the light just right to get a memorable photo.

“If you like it, and it means something to you, that’s going to show,” Weiss said.

those pictures in real life? Users can print their favorite Instagram
photos using services such as Instaprint or Keepsy to create prints or
photo albums.

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