With each passing year, it seems Instagram gets closer and closer to adulthood. Today, for better or for worse, the app took another leap forward. By introducing 10 new photo editing features, including shadows, highlights, saturation and warmth, the app previously known as simple and niche is moving firmly into the complex and mainstream columns.
Source: Instagram Blog
For some people, this is welcomed news. Why should Instagram – of all apps – lack the standard operating tools available on every competing photo-editor? For other users, however, who’ve been there since the app’s early, pre-Facebook days, the updates are a sign of the Apocalypse – the last wall between Instagram and an army of Instagram clones has officially been breached.
I’m somewhere in the middle on this issue. On one hand, I’ve always considered more options better than fewer options, on the other I can tell that Instagram is a phenom in its class, a cultural icon that, if tilted too strongly in one direction or the other, could easily lose its cachet.
What do the rest of you think? Is this the end of Instagram or the dawn of a newer, greater era?