Follow these rules when reposting other photographers’ work on Instagram

Mar 7, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Follow these rules when reposting other photographers’ work on Instagram

Mar 7, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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If you use Instagram, I bet there are some common behaviors on the social network that annoy you. A pet peeve for many of us is seeing our own work reposted without following proper etiquette. Triggered by these “Instagram pet peeves,” Chelsea Northrup came up with three rules users should follow when reposting someone else’s work.

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1. Ask permission

Don’t just take someone else’s work and post it to your feed without permission. Aside from being rude, it could also put you in trouble and end in a lawsuit. If you want to share someone’s photo: just ask them. There’s a big chance they’ll say yes, and you have nothing to lose even if they reject.

2. Give credit

You asked the photographer for permission and they said yes. Hooray! You can now post the photo to your feed – but don’t forget to give credit where credit is due. Chelsea notes that it would be fair to credit the photographer at the beginning of the post, not just “slip it” at the end. And I tend to agree: make the credit visible.

3. Don’t edit

I think this is something that this makes all photographers mad: you take a great photo, you spend time giving it the perfect finish, and then someone slaps an Instagram filter onto it. Just don’t do it. If you are reposting someone else’s image, repost it as is and don’t apply any filters. The edit is one of the integral parts of the image, it’s there with the photographer’s intention, so don’t change it.

I personally also get a bit annoyed when I see images reposted without credits, or with credits all the way at the end of the post. Not to mention applying crappy Instagram filters to someone else’s work. So, I agree with all the “rules” Chelsea came up with. What about you? Would you add anything to this list? What are your Instagram pet peeves?

[Instagram pet peeves | Tony & Chelsea Northrup]

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16 responses to “Follow these rules when reposting other photographers’ work on Instagram”

  1. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
    Adrian J Nyaoi

    Why would I post someone photo, unless I get paid to do it. I don’t even do that in FB.

    1. Marco Peixoto Avatar
      Marco Peixoto

      Same way you share news or an event. Because you liked it and admire it and want others to know about it.

    2. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
      Adrian J Nyaoi

      Marco Peixoto I can’t find a share button on IG. Maybe I missed it.

    3. Marco Peixoto Avatar
      Marco Peixoto

      Right Click save as As, create Post Upload Photo. Im pretty sure you can do that right?

    4. Virginie Ivy Dubé-Ménard Avatar
      Virginie Ivy Dubé-Ménard

      The app “repost” is quite nice :) it also allows you to put a label on the image that says it’s a repost, with the name of the creator.

    5. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
      Adrian J Nyaoi

      Marco Peixoto that is not share as in FB, that is stealing/ copyright infingment.

    6. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
      Adrian J Nyaoi

      Virginie Ivy Dubé-Ménard I have tons of my own photos to post that I dont even have the space to post them to without bsparming my feed, why woild I repost other people’s work.

    7. Marco Peixoto Avatar
      Marco Peixoto

      Adrian J Nyaoi Im sorry to say this to you but i have THOUSAND of Photos that I love taken from numerous websites all over the years. I learned from them and they said something to me that why I right clicked and saved them.

      I hope you never did it, ONCE in your life.. also I hope you never Photocopied anything from a Book and shared with friends…

      By the way was it you that took this photo?

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1245639496336&set=pb.1089841801.-2207520000.1551965743.&type=3&theater

    8. Marco Peixoto Avatar
      Marco Peixoto
    9. Marco Peixoto Avatar
      Marco Peixoto

      Now tell me the diference ;)

    10. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
      Adrian J Nyaoi

      Marco Peixoto that is public domain photo. You can check the source if you want to. I had those years back when I need to do historical work on my people.

  2. Julian van Jaarsveld Avatar
    Julian van Jaarsveld

    Share to stories, job done, link to post and essentially profile sorted. Easy.

  3. Don Navarro Avatar
    Don Navarro

    Share images appropriately where the original account gets the same likes you get. :) otherwise it’s just theft.

  4. Tom Dahm Avatar
    Tom Dahm

    All my pet peeves have been resolved thanks to Dayflash.

  5. David Fiorito Avatar
    David Fiorito

    Or you could simply post your own photos.

  6. Alexander DiMauro Avatar
    Alexander DiMauro

    I find that companies are far worse at it than people. Most people I’ve photographed are really good about tagging and giving credit on Instagram. But companies are a different story. Some of them simply refuse to give photographers proper credit even when you point it out to them.