3 Photo Apps To Download Now That Instagram Owns Your Pics


Flickr iPhone app

Instagram, having been purchased by Facebook, announced late on Monday that it would not own the copyright to your photos, but it would be allowed to use them in advertising without paying users a cent.  Everyone, in particular the fashion world and followers of the hactivist group Anyonymous, freaked out.  (And how often do you see those two tribes overlap in a Venn diagram?)  Now CEO Kevin Systrom is backtracking, claiming that the new terms of use will be re-written, and Instagram actually won’t be using your snapshots of your dinner in their ads.  But what kind of ownership policy will result?

The point is, if you just want some nice filters and an easy way to share fun pictures, Instagram doesn’t have a monopoly on those capabilities.  Here are three options, below, to get the same job done with fewer privacy issues.  And as far as the actual sharing is concerned, there’s always the option to post pictures to Twitter.  Or Pinterest.  Or Tumblr.  Or you can just go back to using the Hipstamatic app.  Whatever happened to them, anyway?

Flickr:  The old photo sharing go-to made over its mobile app to include Instagram-style filters and re-touching capabilities.  Plus the photo privacy and sharing capabilities are way more flexible than most.

Snapseed:  Snapseed allows for a variety of retouching, re-focusing, and filtering.  And while it’s not a sharing app in itself, but it has plenty of built-in capabilities to share images across a variety of social media.

100 Cameras in 1:  Though it might be built to share photos on Instagram, 100 Cameras in 1 still has everyone beat with its, well, 100 options.  Like Snapseed, the app is about the photography itself and not the social component, but a built-in sharing feature circumvents the lack of a social side.