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When I was in New York last week I took a small adventure over to Brooklyn to get cheap Broadway tickets at the TKTS booth which magically never has lines (compared to the Times Square booth where people wait HOURS). Rather than take the dependable, but infamous New York subway back to Manhattan, I decided to do as the tourists do, and as I’ve never done, and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
It took a little creative navigation to get from where I was in downtown Brooklyn to the on-ramp and walking path on the bridge, but when I finally found my way I was rewarded with a bustling and beautiful day on one of America’s most famous and iconic landmarks. It was sunny, 60 and I had no reason to complain.
I was snapping pictures left and right with my iPhone and suddenly got the bright idea to fancy up some of my photos with my newly downloaded photo app Instagram, a fun and free iPhone program for putting effects and filters on your snapshots.
At one point I was taking pictures at certain angles and in certain light just to maximize my Instagram potential. I admit, I started to become obsessed with trying to put together the perfect Brooklyn Bridge photo.
Eventually I made it all the way across the bridge, was back in Manhattan (ready to stalk Joy on Foursquare who was in town from Maine) and had more than enough photos of the Brooklyn Bridge for one lifetime, with at least half of those featuring borderline cheesy 1970s discolored and aged out photo filters.
It was a fun artistic distraction and made my walk across the Brooklyn Bridge even more memorable. Forget the fact that I’m now I’m obsessed with Instagram (as you might have noticed from my Broadway photos on Tuesday).
One thing I observed once from my friend Pete Johnson is, that when it comes to photography, sharing photos online and showcasing your memories, less is more.
Instead of doing a mass dump of your photos on to Facebook or Flickr, spend some time choosing your best shots. While you can certainly upload all your photos to whatever site you use, when you create an album that you want people to browse through, at least go through and pick the best.
People (me) are reluctant to spend time browsing through 200 photos of your cousin’s wedding, especially when you’ve got 10 slightly different versions of the same bridal party shot.
Before anyone goes out and scours my Flickr page to call me out on my own offenses, I will admit that I have not always uploaded with an editing eye. Just for fun, I scoured my own photostream and thought I would share three instances of being guilty-as-charged: