Boyfriends of Instagram: Candid Shots Show the Reality Behind Perfect IG Pics

Behind every perfect inspirational travel photo and candid “girls night out” shot is an amateur boyfriend Instagram photographer. He’s always there, sometimes contorted into strange and awkward positions to get the shot, but rarely acknowledged… until now.

A new Facebook page and Instagram account called Boyfriends of Instagram is seeking to give these men the photo credits they deserve, and maybe give you a laugh along the way. The page is packed full of candid shots that show the reality behind those perfect Instagram snaps: guys balancing on the edge of hot tubs, crawling along the dirty pavement, and much more.

Here are a few of our favorites that have been posted to the page so far:

Admittedly, some of the shots on the page are just standard “I’m posing for a photo with my mom/friends/sisters” photos all tourists take. But the intensely manufactured moments like the guy on the hot tub or the “candid” girls night out photo make the less impressive ones totally worth it.

To see all the photos Boyfriends of Instagram has posted and follow along as people submit more, give the comic relief page a follow on Facebook or… well… Instagram.

(via Mashable)

Image credits: All photos courtesy of Boyfriends of Instagram.

IvoryBoard Affordable Electric Skateboard

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How to Make Your Subjects ‘Pop’ with Complimentary Backgrounds

There are two important lessons in this simple, short, inspirational tips video by photographer Moose Winans. The first is how to use complimentary backgrounds to create separation and make your subject “pop”; the second is that you should go out and shoot, even when conditions are crappy and you don’t think you’ll get anything.

On this unusually balmy day in February, Table Rock State Park in South Carolina doesn’t feature the lush picturesque vistas Winans prefers, but he pressed on, enjoying the day and looking for something to catch his eye… and something did.

First a leaf, then a weed, then a dried up wild-flower each captured Winans’ imagination in turn. And as he found ways to make these banal pieces of shrubbery the subject of some worthwhile photos, he explains how using complimentary backgrounds and paying attention to shape helped him create three photos he was proud of.

You can see them, and some drawn-on explanations, below:

The final images aren’t mind-blowing by any means, but both lessons are worthwhile.

Each of these subjects could easily have melted into a different background; however, by being deliberate in choice of background and composition, each has an Instagram-esque beauty to it that you don’t necessarily need a hipster beard and flannel to appreciate. And if he hadn’t gone out in the first place, he’d be three photos and one video tutorial short.

Check out the full video above to watch Winans work and hear this subject explained in a bit more detail, and then head over to his website for more tips like this one.

Image credits: Photos by Moose Winans and used with permission.

D-Link HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera

Get the total picture with the D-Link HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera. Offering impeccable detail, this camera uses unique de-warping technology. This transforms the wide image from the circular, 180-degree field of view into a rectangular view for playback. Additionally, the D-Link Camera gives you high definition video as well as night vision. It utilizes the built-in IR LED lights to give you a 16-foot vision radius in the dark. Perfect as a security device, the camera also features sound and… Continue Reading