Instagram started out as a photography app — well, if you can consider Valencia’s filtered 2012 latte photos a “photo” — but over the past decade, it has really evolved into something else. Open the app these days and you’re basically confronted with hyper-posed selfies, birthday messages for people you don’t know, and of course, algorithm-optimized ads for direct-to-consumer sunglasses and personal care products. Is it more about photography at all? Other than a few professionals using it as an online portfolio, no, not really.
Now a new app called Viewbug wants to go back to the beginning, quoting the old British sad fighter Coldplay. Think VSCO’s high-quality analog film filters, daily Wordle competitions, and the participation of the TikTok community. Actually Viewbug wants to become “TikTok photos”.
You may have already heard about Viewbug, as the app currently has nearly 4 million users. But if you ask “what’s the bug?”, here’s the basic explanation: the app’s two co-founders from San Diego created Viewbug as a means of rebooting the photo-centric side of social media — like real photography, not just thirst traps and vacation photos in Italy. For this, in addition to some fancy filters, the application offers photo contests, photo contests, portfolio websites, logo photography and photography lessons. So if you want to grow law If you’re interested in your artistic prowess and not just Insta influence, Viewbug is here for it.
More these photo contests: they are an important component of the application, and, best of all, they can bring tangible benefits; some recent prizes have included cameras, drones, tripods, and even celebrity cheers (which you don’t have to buy for yourself on Cameo). You can also vote on other users’ entries, and ongoing contests include “light in nature“Absolute abstraction,” as well as “Creative compositions“.
Viewbug also run integrated NFT platform to help photographers create, collect and sell NFTs through the app, so if you take a really vibrant IDK photo, your crystal butt plug shimmers in the beautiful morning lightyou can turn it into an NFT and sell it to the waiting masses.
For now, we’re nostalgic for the old days of photo sharing when you carry a polaroid camera to a party or, to take it one step further, to take pictures for the love of creating beautiful images, and not in the hope of making your colleagues jealous that you drank White Claw on the beach. For the real photos that are left, Viewbug It has je ne sais quoi it brings that feeling back – at least for nearly 4 million users, and that number continues to grow. In addition, this would be cool to get a free drone.
Still curious? Browse gallery of latest shots from professional contributorsor go to Viewbug site to learn more before you hit the download button on the app store.
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