I enjoy browsing Instagram and shooting photos for my account far more than any sane person reasonably should. No, its filters don’t make a bad image good, but there’s a certain fun and artistry in shooting the square format and playing with post-production. Sadly, that fun doesn’t translate over to black and white photography—Instagram’s lacked a good monochrome filter for awhile now, since Gotham’s disappearance back in version 2.0.
Now, there are plenty of third-party apps to play with if you’re jonesing for a black and white fix, but I like to roll with the iPhone’s very own Camera app: The iOS 7 update added nine filters to the program, including a lovely monochrome one called Noir. You can switch over at any time while in the Photo or Square modes of the Camera app by tapping the filters icon (the Venn diagram of circles in the lower right corner of the screen), then selecting the filter you’d like to use.