It’s not a secret that Instagram’s “Stories” function was inspired by Snapchat. At the moment, Instagram is testing another “Snapchatty” feature: the app is now notifying some users when someone takes a screenshot of their story.
It was only a couple of months that Instagram seemed to be playing around with the idea of sharing posts from other peoples feeds onto your own. And, of course, the opposite, to allow others to share your work on their feeds. That doesn’t seem to have come to the masses yet, and it may never. What seems more likely and what they’re testing now, according to TechCrunch, is sharing posts to stories.
We’ve seen people damage artworks, nature, national parks, even hurt animals just to take photos for social media. Recently, it has been happening around Lake Wanaka in New Zealand. A photogenic tree in the lake is insanely popular on Instagram. There’s even a hashtag #thatwanakatree, with almost 20K posts at the moment. Tourists are visiting the popular location and climbing the tree to take photos. Because of this, the brittle willow could be destroyed.
What is Unsplash?
It’s a website where photographers can share high resolution images, make them publicly available for everyone for free even for commercial use. It was created in May 2013 by Stephanie Liverani, Mikael Cho and Luke Chesser in Montreal, Canada.
Four months after creation they hit one million total downloads, and a year after they had more than a million downloads per month.
Now there’s 400’000+ high resolution images hosted on Unsplash which are shared by 65’000+ photographers from all around the world.
Last month 2400 photographers joined Unsplash and shared 25’000 new images (not just snapshots, some really good photography).
Here’s a few examples below:
Jay Hutton, a member of UK reality show Tattoo Fixers, has recently created a public backlash after a photographer shared the offer he received from Hutton’s representatives to photograph Hutton’s wedding. The tattoo artist and reality TV “star” is allegedly looking for a photographer for his upcoming wedding – and he’s paying in exposure.
Earlier we posted about an image that Canon Italia had shared to their Facebook page and Instagram. An image not only shot on a camera that wasn’t a Canon (it was a Fuji X-T1), but a composite based on a stolen photograph created by Elia Locardi. At least, that’s the way that anybody with a pair of eyes sees it.
Canon Italia, though, seems to think that it’s a similar but entirely different image that wasn’t even shot at the same time of year. And that it was shot with a Canon 1D Mark IV. Well, that’s what their response on Facebook says, anyway.
Okay, I think the selfie-craze has gone too far. The doctors at Clinical Center in Niš, Serbia have recently shocked the public with a set of selfies taken in the middle of a surgery. They proudly posted the photos on their Instagram accounts and caused a massive public outrage on social networks.
Well, this is awkward. Canon has recently posted an image on a few of their social media accounts. The first thing to notice is that they didn’t give credits to the photographer in either of the posts. But guys from FStoppers discovered more. First, the image is a composite. And second, one of the photos used for it was actually shot on a Fujifilm X-T1.