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This new Instagram tool will improve your party selfies

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You know how it is. You’re out for drinks, and you’re filled with the blurry-round-the-edges hum of self-confidence that arrived coincidentally with your fourth G&T. Your best friend – or perhaps a casual acquaintance, or a waitress – walks past. This, you decide, is a moment that needs to be commemorated via Instagram Stories.

But when you look back at your Story the next morning, your night doesn’t look quite as picturesque as you remember. The bar’s low lighting, which felt moody and atmospheric at the time, has translated into murky, blurry photos and videos: not quite the vibe you were going for.

This week, Instagram introduced a new tool to its Stories function to make it easier to take great pictures and videos, even in poor lighting. Now, when you go to take a photo or video in a dimly-lit environment, a small half-moon icon will appear on the left of the camera button. Press it, and your photo will become significantly warmer and glowier in tone, without looking overly filtered.


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The tool still needs some fine-tuning – it doesn’t always register dark rooms as being so – but it’s a step in the right direction. (It’s also very similar to Snapchat’s half-moon tool, but we’re sure that’s just a coincidence.)

For now, the tool is limited to Stories only, but it would make sense for it to be rolled out into selfie mode for regular Insta posts, too. Until then, we’ll just have to stick with Amaro.


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