Life Tech Review: we rate Instagram’s five new filters

Review: we rate Instagram’s five new filters

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Instagram, the spiritual home of wannabe photographers the world over, has introduced even more ways to make your photos look fancy.

According to a blog post on the app’s official site, the five new filters – Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden, Perpetual – “soften and subtly shift colours” to create mobile phone masterpieces.

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Instagram also now allows you to arrange the filters in preference order, so you don’t have to sift through the ugly ones (ahem, Kelvin) to get to your favourites.

Here’s what you need to know about the new filters:


The vibe: a high-contrast filter that mutes lighter tones and highlights darker features, like eyes and hair.

Best for: providing clarity to landscape photos and muting over-saturated selfies.




The vibe: true to its name, crema is a creamy sepia-toned filter with a shot of subtle colour. It washes out lighter tones and makes darks look slightly shadowy.

Best for: Interior shots, photos of windows and




The vibe: warm, golden light.

Best for: Christmas tree photos (the fairy lights look particularly dreamy) and food photos – caramel, cheese and coffee come up particularly nicely.




The vibe: subdued neutrals with a caramel undertone.

Best for: looking more tanned – in a subtle, believable way.




The vibe: icy greens and blues

Best for: cityscapes



Our picks: Aden for selfies, Ludwig for everything else.

Our least favourite: Perpetua – it will make your face look sallow and your sky photos look gloomy.

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