Boost the warmth and cozy factor of photos by adding golden tones and a subtle fuzzy effect using the Hefe filter on Instagram (#hefe). Because the filter ever so slightly increases the saturation in the image, I did not use the LUX feature which adds vibrancy to the photo by bringing out more details. I opted to use the Tilt-Shift (DoF) feature with the pool photos to blur a portion of the image because of personal preference—I think pool ripples and depth of field is fun to play around with. If you like yellow and gold hues, then this is the perfect filter for almost any occasion. The retro vibe with the Hefe is visible but rarely distracting.
More Instagram Tips
TEAR DROP ICON
Tap the "tear drop" icon or Tilt-Shift focus icon located up on the LOWER RIGHT of the Instagram camera interface to give you the ability to focus on a particular part of your photo. For details on how to use this focus feature, check out my easy step-by-step directions with photo examples here.
Each filter—except the no filter option—comes with a unique frame. You can opt to use it or keep it simple with no frame. Tap on the "frame" icon to see how it looks. Tap again to remove the frame.
SUN ICON/LUX FEATURE
In the lower RIGHT portion of your camera screen is the "sun" icon also known as the LUX effect. Tap on the icon to add pop or vibrancy to the photo by bringing out more details. Tap it again to remove the LUX effect. The LUX effect changes dramatically depending on the photo and the filter. Once again, experimenting with this feature is the best way to know when you want to use it.
EYE ICON (only in older versions of INSTAGRAM)
Tap the "eye" icon in the lower right corner of the Instagram camera screen and the Instagram filter bar appears.
Images by me, Chris Olson, using an iPhone 4 and 5 + Instagram with Hefe Filter (#hefe)
If you like to take photos, grab your iPhone and stop by your local animal shelter. Snap some cute pics with Instagram. Then post them on Facebook and Twitter with a link to the shelter. This Instagram photo features Rocko, details on him at this dog rescue link.
Day 6: Sierra Filter
Day 7: Lo-Fi Filter
Day 8: Earlybird Filter
Day 9: Sutro Filter
Day 10: Toaster Filter
Day 11: Brannan Filter
Day 12: Inkwell Filter
Day 13: Walden Filter
Day 14: Hefe Filter
Day 15: Valencia Filter
Day 16: Nashville Filter
Day 17: 1977 Filter
Day 18: Kelvin Filter