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Photographers stage cross-country Instagram battle

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While hanging together in New York, photographers Eric Thayer and Joshua Lott “started photographing in the same places with their smartphones and posting images on Instagram,” James Estrin writes. “That same day, a friend of theirs, Pierce Wright at Getty Images, suggested they turn it into a face-off.”

Here are their battle shots from a Chicago Fire game, posted Aug. 7:

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The New York Times looks for wedding-themed Instagram photos

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Your wedding may never make The New York Times, but your Instagrams might! “Starting this summer, the Vows section will publish Wedding Album, an occasional series of your wedding-themed Instagram photos,” an announcement published this weekend says. “Please avoid generic images, like a posed shot of the couple or a table setting.”

Every month, the Times will gather photos with a theme. This month’s is “How wedding rituals are evolving” — though “any poignant photos — even ones that do not fit a theme — are welcome.”


Instagram photo of Poynter.org Managing Editor Mallary Tenore’s mother’s wedding dress.

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White House photographer Pete Souza joins Instagram

White House photographer Pete Souza joined Instagram Wednesday, kicking off his feed with — what else — a food pic. Of course, the food he depicts is available on Air Force One, which some of you may find more interesting than your lunchtime burrito.

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Instagram announces Web embeds

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Instagram unveiled a sharing feature Wednesday that allows easy embedding of users’ photos, as long as their photos are public. For instance, here’s one of Washington, D.C., artist Mingering Mike accepting an award from the D.C. Council wearing a Spider-Man outfit:

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Instagram gives news orgs tips on using its video feature

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News organizations can use Instagram’s new video feature to break news, crowdsource and lift the curtain on their operations, the company writes in a blog post.

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Instagram for newsrooms: A community tool, a reporting tool, a source of Web content

For news organizations, Instagram isn’t just about pretty pictures. It’s about the people they’re interacting with and the stories behind the images.

“Instagram is so immediate and intimate that it creates this close connection with the user,” said Cory Haik, executive producer for digital news at The Washington Post. The Post uses Instagram to share photos, collect photos from users, report stories and have personal interactions with its audience. It’s a strategy aimed not at driving traffic but at building community.

The Washington Post solicited Instagram photos of snow from readers. (Courtesy The Washington Post)

“What we ask ourselves about Instagram,” Haik said by phone, “is ‘are we having a meaningful conversation with our users?’”

Instagram for engagement

At the Chicago Tribune, each week brings a new theme for Instagram users to contribute photos around. Read more

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Smartphones captured 2 iconic shots of new World Trade Center

NBC News’s Anthony Quintano “was on the roof of One World Trade where all the iron workers were watching the spire rise,” he tells Poynter in an email. (Workers at One World Trade attached the building’s spire Friday morning.) Quintano used his iPhone 5 to take the following Instagram picture of a worker taking in the view.

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ProPublica releases simple tool for searching Instagram

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ProPublica news application developer Al Shaw discovered an Instagram API that lets you search by both time and geographic coordinates — “a perfect way to see who’s at a certain place at a certain time,” Shaw writes.

He built a simple tool called QIS, or Quick Instagram Search, that journalists could use to find Instagram photos at newsworthy events. “Just having fun with it, we found a lot of interesting stuff,” he said in a phone call with Poynter. “Anything you could type into Google Maps would work.”

One example from Shaw’s post: a photo of the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15 minutes before it was bombed. QIS could conceivably help newsrooms verify photos from breaking news events. Read more

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NYT’s front-page Instagram: Maybe not the end of photography

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Nick Laham “took what space I could get and worked with it” to capture of New York Yankees players on the team’s photo day.

So yes. That was me in the locker room bathroom shooting portraits of the New York Yankees players with my iPhone.

He processed the photos with Instagram, and one ended up on the front of The New York Times Sunday:

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Instagram changes terms of service, but will pro photographers flee anyway?

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Instagram says it’s going to delete language from its new terms of service that caused widespreading out-freaking across the Internet.

The language we proposed … raised [the] question about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement. We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we’re going to remove the language that raised the question.

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