Thursday, December 15, 2011
Instagram photographers unite


Beautiful photography comes to iReport in multiple forms, whether it's imagery from professional gear or crafty cell phone cameras. With the boom in mobile storytelling, photography apps have given people a new way to share their stories. Instagram, one of these photo-sharing apps and social media platforms for the iPhone, uses photo filters to make unique Polaroid-style images.


For those of you who remember Tyson Wheatley, former iReport editorial lead and now CNN Digital's Senior Editor for Asia/Pacific, he’s become an influential Instagram user. He’s got a posse of more than 19,000 followers and he’s a budding mobile photographer. (Yes, this is my former boss, but I speak the truth.)


Wheatley moved to Hong Kong about a year ago and he’s been documenting his new life via Instagram.


"It was my first time setting foot in Asia. I didn't know the place or anyone in it," he said. "Not only could I share my photos with the friends and family I'd left behind, but I quickly connected with Instagram's incredibly supportive community, and made real, lasting friendships with local Instagramers."


A year later, he's seeing things in a new light. "I'm looking at the world in a new way, and experiencing Hong Kong's people, architecture, nature -- whatever catches my eye -- through filters, and the lens of a really smart phone."


A collection of Wheatley's "iPhoneography" is being featured on CNN Photos today. See his colorful images and read about how he does it in his full post here.


What you may not know is that CNN iReport also has a massive following on Instagram: We're almost 77,000 users strong. The Instagram community has used the platform to share everything from breaking news to slice-of-life moments in time.


For all of you on Instagram already, we invite you to join iReport and start sharing your stories. There’s a lot of powerful photography in the mobile world and we’d love to see more of it on our site.


If you've got a story to tell with Instagram photos, upload your images to the photo essay assignment. We're looking for a series of images that conveys a fascinating story. So, let the message be heard: iReporters and Instagramers unite!

December 16, 2011
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Love these photos. Way to go Tyson AND team iReport AND!

December 16, 2011
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December 19, 2011
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Go, Tyson!!

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