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Visual Supply Co (VSCO) today updated its VSCO Cam photo-editing app on Android with full support for VSCO Grid, an Instagram-style feed that lets you share your photos and follow other people.
Once you’ve swiped in from the left and tapped the ‘Grid’ option from the navigation menu, you can browse a curated feed of images uploaded by members of the VSCO community. Tapping on their user name reveals a profile page where you can follow them or share a link to their custom portfolio.
Alternatively, you can use the search icon in the top right-hand corner of VSCO Grid to find specific users that you know are actively using the app.
Once you’ve followed a few photographers, you can swipe back to the navigation menu and hit the ‘Home’ selection at the top. You’ll then be greeted by a beautiful, sparse feed filled with the most recent photos uploaded by these users. It’s similar to Instagram, although at the moment there’s no way to like or comment on the images in your feed. It keeps everything clean and simple, but there’s no way to measure engagement across individual shots.
The app does differentiate, however, with a neat lightbox mode that reveals the settings that were used, as well as when and where the image was captured. If you’re a budding photographer, you can also tap the profile tab at the top of the ‘Home’ section to upload and organize your own shots. (It’s also worth noting that you can switch location-sharing off for any photo you upload.)
VSCO Cam is undoubtedly one of the best mobile apps for editing photos. Few companies have managed to compete with Instagram in regards to sharing images though – Visual Supply Co has a way to go before it can match the success of the Facebook-owned photo and video upload service.
Image Credit: ALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images
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