Photographers: Stop using Instagram to share your edited, DSLR photos

Nate Benson

Last spring Nate Benson noticed a shift in Instagram: Professional photographers were using it to share images captured by their expensive SLRs and edited in Photoshop or Lightroom, not on-the-move photos snapped with their iPhones.

Instagram is called Instagram because the service is suppose to represent the photography you took in….wait for it….an instant. To be blunt, just because you are able to upload photos from your iOS photo library doesn’t mean you should. … We’re not dealing with UN level diplomacy here, but I strongly believe photographers should respect the intention of these social networks and ultimately enjoy them like the rest of us do and not worry about always presenting their top work that has been delicately edited for hours on end.

Earlier: Is Instagram’s social network dumbing down photography?Photojournalists miss the point of Instagram by focusing on ethics of filters

Thanks to Melissa Lyttle for pointing this out.

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  • http://twitter.com/cerca87 easy, Bakes

    wow, instagram people kill me coming out the woodwork with all these “rules” (that, as i look across the vast array of its userspace, NO ONE seems to be following) all of a sudden.

    Shutup please!

  • Anonymous

    Some top quality concern trolling here. Nicely done.

  • Anonymous

    The “network’s intention” is a cute idea, pure even, but users ultimately decide how they’re going to engage. Many people feel Instagram is a mobile platform and not necessarily a platform for mobile. If you don’t want to see DSLR pics then don’t follow people who post them. Why do you care what people you ostensibly don’t follow choose to post? I’d prefer if people wouldn’t post images of their feet or their lunch too but, whatever, I unfollow if they do. No big deal. Nice try telling 40 Million people how to use a service though. Good luck with that.

  • Anonymous

    I think the notion of respecting the network’s intention is interesting, but flawed. New tools will often make possible actions not foreseen by their makers, just as reader response to a piece of writing may defy the wishes of the writer: If readers had respected solely the primary intentions of muckraker Upton Sinclair, “The Jungle” would not have led to creation of the FDA.

    Photographers using Instagram should first ask themselves: Is my use of this tool beneficial? How so? Can I use it in ways that make it more useful. We should feel no more obligation to respect notions of how Instagram was meant to be used than we respect Mark Zuckerberg’s desire to know our every secret and exploit those secrets for the sake of private greed.