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Share your black-and-white image; get published in The Oklahoman

by Alan Herzberger Published: June 6, 2014

I’m an Instagram user now.

I wrote about how I would start using that account more in weeks to come, and I have. I like it. It’s really easy to use, and it helps make my photos look better than they really are.

I just need to decide how I use my Instagram account to cross-post to Facebook. I don’t do that with Twitter, but I generally find myself cross-posting between Instagram and Facebook.

I’ll have a personal guide, but I’ll let the other social media experts in our community decide the best practices and/or snicker quietly at how I’ve done it.

Anyway, one of the photos I posted was with a black-and-white filter. It felt right at the time, since it was a photo of my friend’s band playing at a local sports bar. My artistic tendencies told me that black and white fit the scene.

But every time I see a black-and-white photo, I hear my mother shaking her head about all the black and white photos she sees now …

“When that’s all we had, we couldn’t wait to have color. I don’t know why we’d take color away.”

That makes me smile. And then I add the black-and-white filter.

I learned a few days later that we are launching a short fun contest encouraging Instagram users in the community to share black and white photos using the #okbw hashtag.



We will pick some of the best photos and run them in The Oklahoman on Sunday, June 22. So far, we’ve already seen more than 325 photos sent using that hashtag.

These Instagram users are what makes Instagram so much fun. They are great artistic images from our community. I think I’ll go through those photos and start following a lot of those users. They really know how to put compelling images on Instagram.

That’s why we want to share them with you on NewsOK and The Oklahoman.

by Alan Herzberger
Digital Managing Editor
Alan Herzberger is the Digital Managing Editor for and The Oklahoman. He focuses on content within OPUBCO Communications Group’s variety of digital products. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports...
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