Instagram is different these days. It's no longer just for iPhone users. It's full of selfies, memes, throwbacks, photos babies, nails and quotes (seriously, if you have something to say... isn't that what Twitter is for?), and half the time some of the most beautiful photos I see on there were taken with a fancy-schmancy DSLR, rather than a smartphone. THEN they added videos... Insert sad face here.
I may be alone in this, but I miss the days when Insta was a place for exploring the way other users saw the world, not the way they see themselves in a new outfit. There was a place for those photos, and I love when people love how they look and are compelled to share it with the internets. Share away; high self-esteem is IN, and I'm all for it, but wasn't Facebook the space for that? Oh, that's right, Facebook bought Instagram a couple years ago, so I'm basically ranting for no reason.
Well, one reason. I think I finally found the photo-sharing app alternative I've been looking for, and I've been looking for a while. I tried EyeEm, Tadaa, and probably a couple more that I can't remember right now. None of them quite filled the void in my heart. While I was on the hunt, I did manage to find multiple apps with way better filters than offered on IG: Afterlight, PicFX, Photoshop (Free), and VSCO Cam. Which brings me to the point of this post.
I hardly used the VSCO filters, until I realized there were way more options than the ones that come standard on the app. I just had to do some digging to find them. After downloading a few more (again, free) filters, I considered deleting every other photo-editing app on my phone; that's how happy I was. Then a couple days ago, I was browsing online through some Tumblr blogs, and saw a link for someone's VSCO Grid. One click later and I was in iphoneography heaven. This is what I've been looking for, and apparently I've been missing out for about a year, but I have seen the light.