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Instagram has been been in the news a lot lately – particularly with it being purchased by Facebook for $1 billion!
We’ve talked a little about it in the past and it has always caused some debate within our community – while some see it as a great way to share photos, particularly those taken on their iPhone or Android phones – others see it as ‘cheap’ and ask why someone would want to ruin a good photo by putting ‘filters’ on it?
I’m probably in the first camp – I’ve been on Instagram for 18 months or so (you can find me at the username ‘darrenrowse’) and while I don’t share as many photos as some people I find it quite addictive.
As Instagram has now hit the big time with their purchase by Facebook I thought it might be interesting to run a poll on the topic. Are you on Instagram?
I know these options might not fit everyone’s situation – I’d love to hear you expand upon your response in comment below.
August 15, 2012 09:22 pm
$1 billion dollars? Facebook is not the smartest at making business decisions! They could have downloaded it for FREE!
May 29, 2012 12:31 am
I use it on and off, sometime for iphone pics sometimes for dslr pics. Sometimes I may edit them others I post them as they are. It's very immediate as is the feedback.
Some of my favorite images have been taken and processed with IG, facebooks aquisition is a little concerning, but I can't blame facebook for wanting in on the the action. Just hope they are not going to bastardise the experience.
my instagram = skotbites
May 15, 2012 04:45 am
Lots of vain young girls and photos of shoes and cats. People even take posters from other sites and get hundreds of likes. Great photos are ignored. Disappointing for a photography sharing app...good for silly MySpace peeps. Look at the most popular. You get the idea. Lol.
May 10, 2012 04:09 pm
Once upon a time Hi5 was the mogul of social sharing network.I mean every one has "a" day and at another day they keep struggle to imply that they also exist.So today's day is of Facebook...hahahahha!
May 10, 2012 04:02 pm
I've heard much of Instagram ,sounds interesting but I will never use it.Because for sharing there's handful of sharing websites-facebook,flickr,pixoto,fotocommunity,twitter,hi5,blogspot.etc and for applying effects - photoshop and Lightroom is more than enough and doing in manual effort is more adventurous and occupying oneself in good useful and productive way.Instagram fades the true ability of a photographer and is actually a hindering in photography skills.It might make unefforted picture look beautiful , but I am talking about the true sportsmanship and spirit of photographer and photography.So I will not vote for Instagram.Just a pixel-world change in a click is a whole day work for lazy and poser fellows.... LOL ! :) sorry !
May 8, 2012 06:31 pm
I was really excited when Instagram finally appeared on Android, but it was such a poor app. A port of the iPhone one, not specifically for Android and a poor port at that. It just doesn't handle image files that well. Crops the photos poorly and damn buggy.
I use Lightbox for my phone photos. It's got a lot better interface and it's handling of files is better. Though my only issue now is that everyone I'd like to share photos with are on Instagram! i'm trying to champion Lightbox :D
Also, with Facebook's buy of Instagram, makes me like them a lot less.
May 8, 2012 12:02 am
I use the camera in my phone more like a information capturing device, like taking photo what is written on a whiete board. I like my photos to be as close as to real.
May 5, 2012 12:50 pm
I'm another who never heard of it before you asked the question..also don't have a smartphone...also set my FB account to show pics to my friends only and feel really uncomfortable about this app JUST from all these comments...and WHY would FB spend that much on it? (probably not altruistically, eh?)
May 5, 2012 01:09 am
I'm old. Most of the few friends I had are dead. None left and dislike so called "senior groups" that gather around and talk mostly about sports. I dislike and not knowledgable about them. My wife and I continue our love of photogaphy and will until the grave. Besides we use Renderosity for exhibiting.
May 4, 2012 09:56 pm
It’s great to see the differing views and opinions. Personally I love the effects and the ease of operation. Being an Apple devotee, I use it as it gives me a great way to take photos with cool (in my opinion) photos and upload them instantly to the Cloud so I have them only Mac and iPad almost instantly – Also I have a Flickr account devoted solely to IG http://www.flickr.com/photos/lo_fidelity/ feel free to take a look and comment – It gives me the opportunity to capture moments that I am likely to miss with my main camera. I always have my phone with me so more chance of catching the shot – Some people say the effects are a ‘fad’ and this may be true but I enjoy it all the same. One thing I don’t do is share with the likes of Facebook, I stay clear of social networking, nothing against it for others, it’s just not me
At the end of the day I am a serious photographer - Does this replace my E-P3 and serious primes? Not at all, does it provide me with a fun way to capture (fashionable for the time being) shots - Yes
May 4, 2012 07:04 pm
Instragram is just an app that makes clueless photo snappers feel good by making their photo's seem to look cool. It won't be so cool in 20 years when all their precious baby photo's all have a filtered look that isn't in style any more and there's no way to reverse it.
Ironically photographers on this site probably understand more about it's limitations and therefore use it better with that in mind.
May 4, 2012 01:57 pm
I use it here and there, but I don't use the Instagram feed to share. I read a lot of folks saying that they wish it were easier to change the settings so it doesn't share. In the app's settings you can leave all the options unselected as a default, so it will never share unless you tell it to. I've never shared photos through the app itself, only by uploading the ones I want to share through Facebook typically. I suppose the share function is what makes it interesting, but I don't have time to keep up with another form of social media so I just post them to my Facebook which is what I use most to keep up with friends.
May 4, 2012 06:19 am
Never heard of it :-)
May 4, 2012 04:31 am
It's a heck of a lot easier for me to find my DSLR than to find my cell phone (maybe it's under the front passenger seat of my car?). So yeah, no Instagram for me.
May 4, 2012 04:16 am
I started using the app as a personal 365 challenge to get myself taking more photos and try to get interesting images with the limitations of an older-model iPhone. Its turned out to be a useful exercise as I generally carry the iPhone and don't always have my DSLR.
The social aspect of the site is a + and -. On the one hand, I've connected with some interesting photographers that only post images through the app. On the other hand--and this seems to have happened increasingly over the past year-- the popular page is so cluttered with teenage self portraits, shoes and other facebook worthy junk that its become useless to find new, interesting imagery.
May 4, 2012 03:49 am
I'd heard of it but didn't know what it was, so this article has been educational! I haven't got the sort of phone which takes photos, so I won't be using instagram any time soon.
May 4, 2012 02:56 am
I am on instagram and love it. I see it as a different way to share pictures as long as they are taken ONLY with the phone camera as it is supposed to be. I usually post my pictures without filters but still, using them is like tweaking images with any other kind of software. Check my post to see a phone's camera can bring nice things too, my username is mackanno
May 4, 2012 02:44 am
No, I'm not on it because (1) I don't have a Smartphone, and (2) getting a Smartphone would mean I'd have to subscribe to a "data plan", which (3) would bring my phone bill up to around $100/month, and that's just wrong!!!
May 4, 2012 02:37 am
I voted no. Filters annoy the heck out of me. I think it ruins pictures more than helps them. I feel that pictures without filters are "pure" and "honest". It's not like your trying to cover them up. Plus, it's almost like a lot of people think that just because they put a filter on a photo that they're suddenly a "photographer". Now, I get that a lot of people aren't like that, but all my friends are (I'm surrounded by it). I understand enjoying it for the easy upload and sharing, but I have Facebook and can just use that.
May 4, 2012 02:28 am
I am absolutely addicted to instagram! I use it multiple times a day! Lol...
May 4, 2012 02:12 am
Just deleted my account.
May 4, 2012 02:09 am
First time I heard of it was yesterday. I don't have a smartphone.
May 4, 2012 02:07 am
First I agree with Caroline above. Second it just seems like a waste of time. It really dosen't do anything except take up space on your device. There are MUCH better apps out there to share photos, if that's what you like to do. Thumbs down on Instagram.
May 4, 2012 01:43 am
I don't use it mostly because I hate all things Apple therefore have no devices.
May 4, 2012 01:41 am
I love it and enjoy following my photography friends I just wish there weren't so many people on there taking inappropriate shots or people following me just to randomly get more followers themselves; that part is very frustrating. Wish the popular page was full of more serious art and not young girls (and boys) posing. Do they not know the Internet is written in Sharpie!!
May 3, 2012 06:16 pm
I have only been using instagram for a few weeks. Its fun to use but at the moment I only have my ph to share pics with. In a week or two I'm hoping to have new pc so i can get my camera out again and share tons more. To view others great shots is such a privilege too. You can follow me @moritzmoments if you like. Not a lot there but there will be. :) Happy Snapping.
May 3, 2012 01:56 pm
To anyone using instagram but not using its filters and/or sharing the photos on instagram website/portal, why are you even using this app ? What additional functionality does it offer than the stock photo app installed on whatever phone you're using. All android/iOS phones allow photo uploading to facebook or to store it on your phone. Heck, some of them even have filters. I am not a hater but am I missing something ?
May 3, 2012 09:33 am
Yes, I use it daily! So much fun! I am a professional photographer by trade but love connecting with friends on Instagram! Would love more followers if anyone is interested! On Instagram as nanettefaye
May 3, 2012 09:10 am
I use instagram regularly to upload my content but by far more often to see the young photographers last Christmas created when all the Kids "cousins" got iPod Touches and started shooting all over the place sme of the things these 9-13 year olds are creating is AMAZING to me
May 3, 2012 06:09 am
I voted No - for some other reason. I haven't and don't want to take the time right now to learn. Seem kind of silly but my time is so limited at this moment. I'm not ruling it out, just not willing to give it any time :(
May 2, 2012 06:08 pm
I don't use anything attached to Facebook. Facebook can't be trusted. I have friends who use Instagram and they love it, but I can't get over the mistrust of Facebook to the point where I will ever use it again.
May 2, 2012 04:31 am
I signed up, but have never used it. I have accounts that I use often on Flickr and Photobucket and - if I think an image is really, really good - 500px.
May 2, 2012 04:04 am
Love it, gives me a chance to share my work, easily and through a network of folks I'd not have met for the most part any other way... always good to propagate your content through new and relevant channels - especially if its watermarked - which mine generally is
I dont use IG for taking images, i use it for distributing them
May 2, 2012 03:56 am
I used to use Instagram daily and have over 2000 followers... but since FB purchased them I never post anymore and i am actually planning to delete my account (read the TOS).
May 2, 2012 02:40 am
I dont like their terms and their cloudiness on what they do with MY images. It's my copyright, I dictate to them use, not the other way around.
May 2, 2012 02:13 am
I think the question should be do you USE instagram, rather than HAVE an instagram.
Yes I have one but I uploaded like, 1 thing ever.
I'm sure I'd use it more if it gow computer support.
May 2, 2012 12:02 am
I've got an android phone so I've only recently begun using Instagram. I couldn't wait to use it because of all the filters and effects. As with all phone photography, the quality just isn't the same as with a dslr, which is part of its charm. But, we all know that sometimes phone photos can be excellent.
For some reason, I'm more interested and motivated to post a couple of Instagram photos every day as opposed to a "365" challenge. The 'campiness' of Instagram photos is part of its appeal. Love it.
May 2, 2012 12:01 am
Instagram is a great tool to build awareness and connect with fans of your work on a mobile platform.
I’ve been a daily user of IG since January 1st when I kicked off a 365 photo-a-day project.
1. Each IG photo must be taken with the iPhone in square format
2. Each IG photo must be developed/processed with an App on the iPhone (Snapseed or Camera+)
3. Each IG photo must be published using IG
To see more of my work follow @whalemap on IG or search for my work on Webstagram (3rd party web-based
viewer for IG).
May 1, 2012 11:42 pm
I love Instagram. As a hobby photographer I've always preferred alternative processes and playing with old Polaroids. Now that film for my Landcamera has priced out of my budget I can so easily, cheaply take far more photos with my iPhone than I could with film. Actually, I prefer the Hipstamatic app for all the different lenses and films, which demands a little more thought for each shot. Now you can publish Hipstamatic apps on Instagram, which is essentially an image-only social media. I also use Camera+ for its zoom capabilities. It's a fun way to practice composition and arrangement, share with friends and not worry if it feeds into my business model. [eimg url='Instagrid.com/amyismable' title='amyismable']
May 1, 2012 11:40 pm
I LOVE Instagram and have been using it almost a couple years now.
I like really like that you can post to Facebook and Twitter when posting a picture.
My username: mommye
May 1, 2012 11:17 pm
I am a recent on Instagram and I love it. My username - gagzclix
May 1, 2012 11:15 pm
I like Instagram and use it frequently for fun. Much more interesting than twitter, especially if you follow good photographers.
You can buy instagrams on stretched canvas at http://instacanv.as/ now, so the program is getting more respect. I also know photographers who are selling their framed instagram prints on etsy.com and society6.com and doing quite well.
To save Instagram shots to your camera roll without sharing, switch your iPhone to airplane mode BEFORE uploading photos to Instagram. The sharing will "fail," but the photos are copied to the camera roll. You then have the option of retrying or deleting the photos on Instagram. Hope this helps.
May 1, 2012 11:08 pm
No, I don't use it because I'm not an elitest Apple snotty hipster.
May 1, 2012 10:57 pm
Yup, I use it almost everyday. It's a useful and easy way to take photos of my daily life. No need to ALWAYS carry my DSLR with me.
Instagram username is dianaramosphoto
May 1, 2012 10:55 pm
I did have Instagram on my iPhone, which I used occasionally. But when Facebook bought them out for that ridiculous (congrats to the founders) price, I chucked it. I am one of the few that stays away from Fecebook!
May 1, 2012 10:26 pm
Yay Allie ~ I'm not alone. Your answer could have been plucked out of my mouth (".. You took the words right outa my mouth, it must have been when you were............." [Meatloaf]). I have never heard of Instagram (if that's similar to a histogram ~then yes, I use it every day!) I regret letting my daughters talk me into facebook, Bebo and MSN. I am a reasonably private person and don't use any so called 'social media' sites and I'm of the opinion that a lot of younger people will rue the day they submitted photos to facebook. In fact, before I joined this site (only a couple of weeks ago) I had never been on any forums in my life. Ahhhg ~ please nobody burn me for wandering way off topic - told you I am a newbee. Darryl
May 1, 2012 10:15 pm
I believe Chase Jarvis said it best, "The best camera is the one you have with you". I don't always have my DSLR with me.
I'm a wedding photographer, and for my wedding this past weekend I took a quick candid shot of the couple with my iPhone and instantly put it on Facebook. That photo has received more instantaneous positive feedback than when we posted a couple "teaser" shots from our DSLR. Our DSLR shots came out great too, but I think it was the instant sharing that helped people connect to something that they weren't a part of - while it was still happening.
With Instagram it's the same way. Right now everything is about speed and sharing instantly, and with Instagram, you can do just that. I don't use any of the Instagram filters. Instead I take the photo, then edit it outside of instagram. This allows me to be unique with my editing as well as keeping my original photo. I then import my edited duplicate into Instagram and off it goes. The whole process takes me 3 minutes, and I can do it while still on-scene.
I believe in both cases, whether it's a wedding, or a landscape, that this type of instant sharing helps people connect.
May 1, 2012 09:57 pm
im on instagram since the first week but since 2011 its only crap photo / reflex photo / diary for girls.
May 1, 2012 09:24 pm
There are not enough hours in the day to do my DSLR photography! i know a lot of folks are playing with Instagram, and I am sure it's a fun novelty, but it seems faddish and doesn't result in the type of image I am more interested in. I do take on-the-go snapshots with my iPhone, which is great for those spur of the moment situations where you don't have your DSLR, but so far have not felt the need to process them or share them through another social platform. So who knows about the future, but I am not interested in using it at this time.
May 1, 2012 08:44 pm
I downloaded it last year, tried it and pretty much found it useless. My preferred iPhone camera app is Camera+. They have it going on and it fits my needs perfectly.
May 1, 2012 08:02 pm
I like instagram the best out of the camera apps I have for my iPhone. It makes an iPhone photo more fun to share. I did a 365 with it last year (only missed 5 days). It was fun.
Personally what I don't like or understand is why people take photos on their DSLR's & then run it through Instagram. To me, the app (and all of the others - hipstamatic, snapseed, 100cameras, etc) is for camera phone photos. You can use LR and Photoshop for your "real" photos. JMO
I do like following others on there though - fun to see the creativity.
May 1, 2012 07:33 pm
I started to use Instagram competitor called "Tadaa". It's much better what one can do regarding processing photo. I'm still on Instagram, but I use less and less now.
May 1, 2012 07:20 pm
My phone apparently doesn't support instagram. It's no loss to me.
May 1, 2012 06:37 pm
I only got Instagram about a month ago, but have used it a couple of times since then. I don't use my cellphone camera often, but when i do, I tend to use Instagram. It is fun and easy to use and a lot quicker than trying to mess around with Photoshop Express, which I do still use on occasion, but not nearly as often anymore. It is limiting in terms of editing capabilities, but it is fun.
May 1, 2012 06:30 pm
The idea behind Instagram is simple and fun. The whole story is to take a capture wherever you are, perhaps at those moments which you dont have with you a camera...
May 1, 2012 06:02 pm
Just started http://followgram.me/bskaad
May 1, 2012 05:38 pm
I think we should take the things as they are. Instagram is made for fun and that's it, an easy option to make some effects on snapshots and share with the community. Of course it will never be the same as creating images with a DSRL camera, good planning, taking the picture and postprocessing are far away from taking snapshots and processing with Instagram...
May 1, 2012 05:23 pm
Instagram is a lot of fun to play with - I was so glad it was finally released on the android platform. I like the challenge of composing images within a square and of seeing the extraordinary in every day life. It's very enjoyable.
May 1, 2012 05:21 pm
I use it purely for fun and creativity. After all my iPhone is the camera I have on me all the time so I can capture those random moments. On as gloriousmrbeast.
May 1, 2012 04:34 pm
Yes, I am.
I use it all the time and I love it. I don't know how it's going to change once Facebook takes control, but for now it's great.
Oh, and PK, if you want a really good photo editing app you should check out snapseed. It's 5 dollars, but it has lots of handy features.
May 1, 2012 01:50 pm
here's an option that would fit in the poll: never heard of it before / never used it :D
Otherwise, like allie: "I don’t want to join yet another social media thing"
May 1, 2012 01:49 pm
Instagram .... digging it.
And I've given myself just a couple of rules - but the key one is that all of the images have to be from my cell phone. It's a great constraint - feels very "toy-camera."
Mostly use it in parallel to my other images - but I'm experimenting with a "Friday Fone Foto" on the blog.
May 1, 2012 01:41 pm
I like the idea of the instagram social network thing but hipstamatic takes much better pics if you're going for that "vintage" square format hipster thing...
May 1, 2012 01:10 pm
No - I don't have a Device that has the App Available
And I have no desire to spend a bundle to get such a device.
And I don't want to join yet another social media thing (I don't do facebook, twitter, google+...)
And if I want to do something with a photo, I use Photoshop.
If I want to send a photo to someone, I attach it to an email or put it on my web site and send them the link.
May 1, 2012 12:56 pm
I mainly use it for quick photos of my daughters. I have found a lot of parents to connect with and share successes and failures. I use it more like a photographic twitter.
May 1, 2012 12:52 pm
I use it because of the active community. I just don't get the kind of response I do on Instagram on any other network.
May 1, 2012 12:52 pm
I had it, loved it and used it.
When Google announced its involvement I simply deleted the app. I am an amateur photographer , but a serious one, not a man-with-camera.
I am very, very suspicious of what 'business' Google will do with this $1billion purchase. Yip, I trust that little voice of concern. Somewhere along the line we all realize NOTHING is FREE.
May 1, 2012 12:52 pm
I picked up instagram almost exactly when it first launched. It's just a quick way to photo blog about my daily whatevers.
May 1, 2012 12:44 pm
I really enjoy Instagram. I've done a lot with my DSLR and publish photos for friends to see mainly via FB. What I like about Instagram is it's a different shape to compose with, with a wide angle lens (I use it mainly via the app and don't import other photos into it) and then I get WYSIWYG results with the filters and Lux effect. In a way, it's a lot like playing with a prime lens and rethinking how you compose. The post processing can be fun as well. I certainly have filters I like more than others. I like Instagram more than Hipstamatic because I feel like I have a bit more control.
I do wish Instagram could just dump the photo to my phone and not share if I wanted to keep an image for later. That's my only complaint but it also has me trashing stuff I don't feel warrants publishing.
May 1, 2012 12:43 pm
I started using it a few months ago. At first I used it all the time but lately I have only used it a couple of times a week. I travel for my "job" and find it is a fun way to share photos while on the road. When I remember!
May 1, 2012 12:37 pm
I use it often just for novelty stuff or to share with family and close friends what I'm doing.
I find it really easy to share. I turn on my twitter toggle which is linked to my fb and bingo its done.
Just that easy.
May 1, 2012 12:18 pm
I occasionally use Instagram for the filters (just for fun), but I ONLY save the photo to my own photostream. I have never shared to the Instagram community, nor do I intend to. It would be great if they could make it easier NOT to share them, instead of the convoluted process it currently is. Camera+ is better at that step...
May 1, 2012 12:11 pm
I love instagram! It's quick, easy, and fun (that's what she said!). I've noticed that a good deal of pro photographers will share their more personal pics via instagram rather than on their blog or website. Sure, there are a lot of gratuitous self-portraits that always make it to the "popular" page, but there are quite a lot of great photos out there, all taken with phones. You get the whole gamut!
@denisetakespics on instagram
May 1, 2012 11:32 am
I use it a few times a week, whenever I'm using my phone's camera rather than my dslr. It's not my main way to share pics -- that's flickr -- but it's fun.
May 1, 2012 11:21 am
I started using it about a month ago. I use it in two ways.
1) I use it to hipsterfy pictures I took with my android phone and share with friends
2) I upload shots I took with my Canon and edited in Lightroom with no Instagram filters applied.
I know a number of photographers who only use it the second way. Either way, it's very addicting.
May 1, 2012 10:58 am
No... it just doesn't seem useful. If I want to share photos, there's Facebook, Picasa, Flickr. If I want to edit the photos before I upload them, there are dozens of applications for that, both free and commercial. What would I actually get from using Instagram?
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