Free Alternatives to Instagram

For those of you who can’t (or choose not to) utilize the popular but exclusive-to-iphone app Instagram, here are a few alternatives.

Here’s a website that mimics your cheap, plastic “holga” cameras. It’s relatively easy to use with a simple array of choices from film strips to light streaks. You can also level the contrast, adjust the vignette strength, add filters, so on and so forth.

I myself dig the film strips but don’t often use this website. Hence, I had to make a new account because I forgot my old one. Weirdly enough though, I haven’t received the confirmation email and yes, I’ve checked my spam folder. So here’s a photo I pilfered off the web:

photo credit: archibald maximilion

It’s a clever name, don’t ya think? Unlike the Holganizer, you have to download this pretty simple program onto your computer. Available to both Macs and PCs.

This is what the program looks like, sitting on your desktop. Like it says, you just drag-and-drop.

You either right-click or control-click to save your picture before it’s fully developed for varying contrasts/looks.


Sampled early on.


The final end-product!

Its few options.

That’s pretty much it. If you want to fiddle more with your poladroids, you’ll have to alter the color and such on another photo editing program.

A few more examples…

I cropped the edges here a wee.

ToyCamera AnalogCamera –

I adore this one. While I try not to rely too much on a simple program or style, I tend to binge on this. Photos that are otherwise dull become all the more interesting with ToyCamera magic. It’s one of the best reasons to be photoshop lazy and it really pulls off the artsy, vintage look.

Has many options to tweak your photo.

Here’s one look.

And another.

And lastly, using a preset here.

Available to both Macs and PCs.

C’mon now, give everyone a piece of their own medicine. Make’em jellayyy~! >8}

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