To appreciate how insanely popular Instagram is, consider this: More than 5 million photos are uploaded there every day and these generate an incredible 8000 likes a second!
It’s hardly surprising then that when Instagram became available at the Windows Phone Store, tons of Nokia Lumia photographers rushed to join up. Now, with literally tens of thousands of Nokia Lumia lovers on the social network taking stunning photos it can be difficult to know who to follow. Happily, in the coming weeks we’ll be showcasing the best of the bunch. First up is Anshul Ravishankar from the beautiful city of Mysore in Karnataka, India.
Before we get to see some of his amazing photos, we asked Anshul a few questions about his passion for photography, his Nokia Lumia and how he uses Instagram.
So, Anshul, what Nokia Lumia do you have and what do you like about it most?
Where do you take most of your photos and what sort of photos do you like to take best?
I take them just about anywhere and everywhere. My home, my college and of course the streets of Mysore. I’m also really passionate about macro photography. I think that one my strengths lies in taking these types of photos. I love the macro world.
What are you top tips for taking Instagram photos on your Nokia Lumia?
Pause for a moment and look around you. We live in a truly beautiful world and there’s so many beautiful things to shoot in everyday life. Also, remember to keep it simple. For macro shots, focus is everything. Focus on the part of the subject, which you think is most interesting. For shooting sunsets, try using a lower ISO as, in my opinion, it gives a more pleasing effect. Never be shy to take a shot in public. Don’t ever miss out on a shot because you think people are watching you. Trust me, you’ll regret it later on. Finally, I think editing is just as important as shooting. Spend some time on post-production. I promise you it’s well worth it!
Which five Nokia Lumia instagrammers do recommend everyone to follow?
I’d definitely recommend these guys: Wonguy974, uncleming802, jaxuxguy, aaa_6112, kennidenni
Which are your favourite photos you’ve shared on Instagram and why do you like them?
It took me an hour to get this little fellow to pose for me! I love those heterochromatic eyes.
I took this picture with the stock camera app. I waited for a long time and kept taking a lot of photos to get a good shot. I didn’t know any camera settings at the time. I just got lucky!
Is it a painting of a window or a window which looks into a painting called nature?
This reminds me of my grandfather who loved fishing. This picture was for him.
Pride! She sure made me run around a lot before giving me a good picture!
This was me using focus to try something different.
Everyone loves to dream. I took this shot and wanted to delete because I thought that it was not that good. But something inside wouldn’t let me. When I transferred this to my PC for editing I was really happy that I hadn’t.
This was a hand held selfie I used a convex lens to increase the magnification and I was awestruck with the results. This shot made me love the macro world even more!
This picture reminds me of autumn. It’s a beautiful time for photographers.
Caught this little guy surveying his land.
Ten awesome shots from an awesome Lumia Instagramer. If you want to see more of Anshul’s work, and of his world, be sure to follow him on Instagram. And if you’re a Nokia Lumia Instagramer and would like to see your work showcased here, you can either follow me on Instagram or share your best pics with #Lumia, or both. In the meantime, we’d love to hear which of Anshul’s fantastic photos you like best, and why, in the comments below.