Sometimes inspiration jumps out at me with a little “ta da”! It is unexpected and the invitation is spur of the moment and fleeting. Take it…or let it go and something else will come along. Such was the case today. I drove my grandson Dayan to a job interview. When he was finished, we grabbed an early dinner at the mall food court. As I nibbled on a chopped salad and he tucked away a subway sandwich, we discussed the recent changes to the popular social media site, Facebook.
I’ve already read complaints about the update. I’m not sure why people seem to resist change so much. Personally, I like the new features. As I showed Dayan what was different, he opened up the new photo options. There in the food court the invitation to play showed up. We accepted…and the fun began!
Dayan and I took turns trying out different filters, laughing at some of the resulting photos. We both really liked the painting-style filter, with blue snd yellow overtones. Having the mall food court as our backdrop created really cool modernistic pictures.
I also liked the pencil sketch filter, capturing a great photo of my handsome grandson.
I played with Facebook more once I got home, trying out different effects.
Shy Boy in blue. The stormy weather had him wearing his grumpy face.
Which led me to try out the storm cloud effect!
Here is a quick tutorial so you can have your own fun. To access the photo options, after opening Facebook, click the Direct button in the upper left corner. The Your Story button opens the features as well. You can take still photos or shoot a video.
Tap bar at bottom of the page.
Click the icon in lower left corner to open options. Clicking the camera icon shifts the view to you. Click camera icon again for forward view.
Have fun clicking on the different filters, to see what they do!
Click the mask icon for more interesting effects. You must point your camera toward a face for these to work. Dayan and I laughed the loudest over some of these. I didn’t save any of those hilarious pics.
To save a photo, after taking the pic click the icon in the lower right corner. Photos are saved to your phone. You can also immediately send pics to Facebook friends, directly from the app.
Have fun playing with Facebook’s new features. I know Dayan and I did! And I learned something new, which is always a plus. How can I not appreciate an opportunity like that?