Instagram can be a powerful tool for photographers to promote their work and even expand their business. But there are some mistakes they make on this journey, especially if they’re still new. In this video, Toma Bonciu discusses five most common mistakes he sees among photographers on Instagram. But also, he gives you some useful advice how to stop making them and improve Instagram profile for your photography business.
Daniel is a self taught freelance photographer from Frankfurt, Germany. His photography is inspired by nature, focusing on the outdoors, adventure and northern lifestyles.
With 602k Instagram followers, Daniel falls into the category of “social media incluencer”. Daniel’s work is absolutely amazing and it’s easy to see why he’s so popular on Instagram – but what is really interesting is his final advice for photographers who would like do something similar.
It’s nothing new that Instagram-celebrities can sometimes make “common people” feel inadequate. Lifestyle blogger Scarlett London recently came under fire because of just that, and it all started over a photo of her “perfect morning.” The photo features a stack of pancakes; or, should I say, a bunch of tortilla wraps she presented as pancakes? The photo went viral because of this, but it escalated quickly when people started criticizing her for making her life look “perfect.”
If you have a successful Instagram account, a lot of followers, and you really want to earn that blue verification badge – now you can simply ask for it. In the latest set of changes Instagram is introducing, users will be able to request for their accounts to be verified. But, there are some conditions you need to fulfill before earning the desired blue badge.
Vertical video is the bane of the 21st century. We all (well most) wish it would just go away. But with Instagram Stories, IGTV, Snapchat and a bunch of other apps that thrive on vertical video, it’s going nowhere. And now it seems that Arri is getting in on the action with an adapter plate that allows you to mount your Alexa Mini vertically on the tripod.
If you spend some time scrolling through Instagram feed, I’m sure you’ve noticed that many people post same or similar types of images. The woman behind @insta_repeat account has noticed that as well, so she has decided to create an Instagram account mocking this trend and pointing out to the lack of originality.
Is Instagram dying? Here is a quote a fellow photographer shared with me.
“Although I feel Instagram offers a really beautiful opportunity to connect with others, share art and reach people on a large scale on topics that deserve recognition and attention, I’m finding that it’s becoming harder and harder to feel excited, stimulated or inspired scrolling through my feed.”
You might concur with this statement as well as myself. Over stimulation leads to a form of numbness to the viewer, requiring more and more, but there comes a point where one says “No more!”. This void of inspiration, excitement or overstimulation could be from the algorithm determining what shows up in our feed. When popular content wins over relevant content in turn, this can result in soulless imagery. Maybe my lack of following diverse creatives is my problem, or perhaps I’m just bored? Sadly I will never know because the mystery of the algorithm lies behind closed doors at Facebook.
We’re all witnessing the times when it’s become more important to capture a perfect Instagram photo from your vacation than actually enjoying the travel. Off The Grid is a project that wants to change this trend. They’ll take you on a fun trip, and you can choose attractive locations all over the world. But there’s a catch: you’ll have to stay offline and hand over your precious smartphone.
Shark Week is just around the corner, but it seems one lady decided to get into the spirit of things a little early. The BBC reports that “Instagram model” Katarina Zarutskie was on vacation in the Bahamas with her boyfriend and his family. Naturally, she wanted to make the most of the beautiful environment for her feed, so photos were taken.
After spotting people snorkelling and interacting with a pack of nearby nurse sharks, she decided that this would be a great opportunity for photographs. She says she saw it as an opportunity to “connect with nature”. Well, one opportunistic shark decided to connect with Katarina and then proceeded to drag her under the water.
Last week it was reported that 3 Canadian YouTube vloggers had died whilst swimming at the top of Shannon Falls in Squamish, British Columbia. The trio were part of content creation channel High On Life, which has a current following of 560,000 subscribers, and a further 1.1 million followers on Instagram. As the tragic news broke, so did the influx of comments across news sites and social media.
What should have been an opportunity for public unity and a shared value of life, soon became a shocking and inexcusable insight into how certain people view social media influencers.