Getty Unshuttered

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Develop photography skills with teen-friendly lessons.

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Educational Value

Photography, storytelling, producing new content using multiple forms of expression.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use, especially for teens already familiar with other photo-sharing apps.


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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Getty Unshuttered is an Instagram-like app with expert-created lessons in photography skills. Teens and adults using the app can view and read lessons created by photography educators from the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Lessons focus on these topics: Light, Perspective, Color, Portraits, Composition, Movement, Candids, and Dream (relaying emotions and messages through photos). Each lesson includes a story told by one teen photography enthusiast about a photo he or she has taken. Users then post their own work showing the qualities highlighted in the lesson. Other users can star, forward, or flag photos. Note that it's unclear if Getty retains the rights to photos that are posted or if Getty can reuse them in any way. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

To use GETTY UNSHUTTERED, first create an account using Facebook or email. After choosing a challenge, read and watch the lesson material related to the challenge. Take photos with that lesson's approach in mind, add a submission title (140 character maximum) and an image description, if desired. Tap Post. Users can also star, share, or flag other posted photos.

Is it any good?

Powerful images can tell stories, and this app helps teens learn how to identify and create great pics. Getty Unshuttered's lessons are tailored to teens' sensibilities; they're brief, relatable, personal, and immediately applicable. The app also includes the ever-important feature to get likes (in the form of stars) from other users, and for photos to be shared to other social media apps. Because photography skills are valuable in many professions, it can be fun to be that someone in your friend group who has the eye for good pics, and Getty Unshuttered can help with that.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Getty Unshuttered can help teens develop photography skills that they use for content on other image-heavy sites (like Instagram), for academic projects, and just for fun.

  • Talk with your teen about the ethics of photographing other people. When do you need to get permission to photograph someone and to post their photo publicly?

  • If your teen embraces this app, encourage him or her to take a photography class in school or find a local photographer who teaches seminars on photography.

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