By: Ian McCracken
Are you on Instagram? Better yet, is your dog on Instagram? Instagram is a fun photo sharing app that is making some dogs pretty famous. Dogs like Theo, Momo and Manny got their start there. Here are some fun apps that could help you make your dog Insta-Famous!
Above you see Otto, a beloved member of the Planet Dog family. Otto loves to beg and come lunch time, he is your best friend. Part of our mission here is to amuse and this Vizsla here certainly does the trick.
I admit, I am no photographer and maybe this picture isn't amazing either, but who could resist that face? And you better believe I gave him a bite of my lunch.
With the help of a few photo editing apps, this normal moment of begging has become a representative photo of our mission. By using these apps,you can add filters, text, quotes and even cartoons to your photos to make them super like-able and share-able.
Photo Editing with Aviary
Sometimes, Instagram will do the trick with its custom filters. For the rest of us who want to generate the perfect image, Photo Editing with Aviary is a simple, yet effective, way of doing so.
Aviary offers an array of additonal filters and more available for download or purchase at a small amount. It also allows you to focus, adjust contrast and sharpness, fix redeye, whiten teeth, and add text (normally or in meme form) and images. Its main intention is for picture clarity and pop. The meme and text feature are certainly helpful, but are limited in terms of editing the text.
Overgram and WordSwag
Overgram is a text only application. Select a picture from your library and add text and save. Seems simple, but sometimes simple isn't the answer.
By upgrading to Over, you are given a much larger font collection. If you use Instagram or upload photos frequently, it is worth the $1.99 charge. Not only are you now given a much larger collection of fonts, but you can edit it, too. Change the color of text, its size, and its opacity as well giving it that transparent look like the hashtag in Otto's beauty shot.
WordSwag, at $2.99 is well worth the money as well. It is highly interactive and user-friendly, in essence making it a visually appealing app to make a visually appealing photo (makes sense). The fonts in WordSwag are mostly engineered to jump out at first sight. They are great for scenery photos that lack a specific focal point, but can also work for dogs too.
Below is another office dog, Tasker, whose photo was put through WordSwag and Aviary for finishing touches. (He is somewhat afraid of me, so we need to "explore" our relationship).
There is always one difficult part in photographing an animal: actually getting the shot. Unless they are asleep, a dog's attention span is not usually that long. One second they are looking at you, the next at a bird flying by. You typically have a window of at most one second to take the shot before their head spins and you get a blurry shot.
But like the saying goes, there's an app for that. From the people at Bark & Co., they just introduced BarkCam, the app that will ensure that perfect shot of your inattentive animal. The software uses sounds such as a mail truck, cat, dinosaur roar, or bag of treats to catch the dogs attention before taking the photo. It is also at the custom square size, removing the need to crop before posting.
Once you have the shot, add cartoon effects like speech bubbles or even a censored strip. Once satisfied, you can post it from the app or save it and open it in another of the aforementioned programs before posting.
Its only downfall: you cannot upload an image in the app, you must take the in the app.
These apps will make it possible to share your animal companion in the best light possible (that is not an expensive camera). At most a couple minutes is all it takes to show your followers you have the cutest pet around. Discover more photo editing apps by reading this review by the Social Media Examiner.
Share Your Photos with Us
You know who loves a good dog photo? We do, so share images of your dog, tagged with #planetdog. We would love to reshare them on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts. Use these apps to show us what kind of a model your dog really is.