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VSCO vs Instagram


When I wake up at 7 a.m., the first thing I look forward to is scrolling through my feed on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and even VSCO. Whether it’s liking pictures of people’s food from five star restaurants around the world, or watching a video of someone is skydiving, I’m always caught up in the gossip.

VSCO, a social media app used to take, edit and share photos, has brought out the more creative side to photography and editing skills. Instagram is also a social media app used to take, edit and share photos. However, Instagram is directed to people of all ages rather than VSCO, which is more for teenagers/adults. On VSCO, users tend to share more professional, interesting photos rather than ones of themselves or with other people; rather than ones of themselves or with other people, as seen on Instagram.

Photography gives people the satisfaction of being creative. Capturing a memory that is attractive is a great accomplishment. My backyard is filled with thin trees that are 100 feet tall with light brown bark and dark green leaves. The first time I used the app, I chose to use the app’s camera feature. After I took the photo, I began the editing process. When I adjusted the brightness, saturation and contrast to the picture, I noticed that the intensity didn’t become as severe so quickly, unlike Instagram where high saturation makes you look like you’ve been sitting in a tanning bed.

Once I finished editing, I added it as a “grid”, a single picture, rather than to a “journal” or “collection” which are series or albums of photos. Instagram only gives you the option to add a single photo, rather than a group of photos at once.

However, since Instagram has become one of the leading social media apps, the photos on VSCO tend to not get as many likes or comments. A lot of the satisfaction social media users get is from how much feedback their photo receives, so VSCO users tend to not receive as many compliments.

VSCO and Instagram are both very similar yet different apps, but VSCO is definitely worth checking out. Each photo is edited with more detail and the photos themselves are better. The app will make you feel so much more like a legitimate photographer with the better camera and editing features, that you’ll never want to stop posting.  

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