App: Instagram Platform: iPhone and Android Website: http://instagr.am/ Cost: Free
Until recently, my experience with Instagram was one of admiration and loneliness from afar. Many of my friends belong to #TeamiPhone, while I am stuck with #TeamAndroid. But now, much to the chagrin of the Apple elitists, the popular photography app has finally been released for us common folk, a joyous occasion for Droid heads.
A little history about myself. I don't have any formal training as a photographer, unless you count that one beginner's course I took at Leisure Learning Center way back in the day. My uncle was a pro, mostly catering to the quinceañera and wedding crowd. As a kid, I always wanted to learn from him, but for some reason never did. Much later, when I was about 25 years old, tired of my Sony point-and-shoot, I picked up my first DSLR. It was a used Canon Rebel XT. I began shooting free concerts at the Miller Outdoor or Jones Plaza, and little by little, my photos improved.
Three years ago, I convinced Houston Press Music Editor Chris Gray to let me shoot a rap show, Bun B & Friends at Warehouse Live. It's been all uphill from there. You can see my work at the Shot In The Dark music photography exhibition on May 17 at War'Hous Gallery.
So, back to Instagram. I present to you my weekend in photos: