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Why Your Instagram Isn’t Growing – Photography Article

First off it’s not you, it’s Instagram. It comes down to a few very simple things that can be summed up in three words and two reasons: chronological order and saturation. There are so many people on Instagram, and the organic, chronological order news feed is sadly a thing of the past. These two things alone mean the beginning of the end for any social media platform, because they mean that the platform is prioritizing advertisers over users—that’s great if…

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Rugby Star Apologizes to Photog for Sharing Photo Without Permission – Photography Article

Typically, when a celebrity is called out for posting a photograph without permission, they lash out or deny any wrongdoing. It’s so common we’ve almost come to expect it, which is why it’s such a nice change of pace to hear that New Zealand Rugby star Sonny Bill Williams actually apologized to the photographer after having a photo pulled from Instagram for sharing it without permission. Williams is no small-time B-list celebrity. The New Zealand sports star is a former…

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Why Good Photos Turn Bad: Instagram and Photography ‘Groupthink’ – Photography Article

Landscape and travel photographer James Popsys has noticed a troubling habit lately: he’s posting things “for the dopamine hit,” and he doesn’t believe he’s the only one. The result, says Popsys, is a “photographic groupthink,” caused by social media, that encourages people to post the same thing over and over, just because it’s popular. Popsys identifies the problem, primarily, on Instagram. “In the past two or three months, my Explore tab on Instagram has been made up of one thing:…

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How I Went from Family Photographer to Successful Instagram Influencer – Photography Article

It’s that time of year again for photographers: fall family sessions. It’s crunch time. Some photographers make the bulk of their yearly profits right now; others work their butts off in an area saturated with photographers and make enough pennies to cover operating expenses. I was part of the latter group a few years ago, and I burned out. I couldn’t bear to do another family session. I love photography, I love the creative art of it all, but I…

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Rich Kids are Paying Thousands to Have Their Photos Featured on this Site – Photography Article

Back in 2008, an app called I Am Rich appeared on the iOS app store for $1,000. The now-infamous app did absolutely nothing—it was just a status symbol that proved you had money to burn. Now, a website and Instagram account called Golden Price Tag is following in I Am Rich’s footsteps, and rich kids are paying $1,000 and up for the “privilege” of having their photos featured. The opulent website and Instagram account only cropped up a few days…

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Travel Influencer Called Out for Having the Same Clouds in Multiple Photos – Photography Article

Well, this is a little embarrassing. Argentinian travel influencer Tupi Saravia is being called out online after some eagle-eyed fans noticed that several of her images feature the exact same clouds… despite being taken in different parts of the globe. Oops… The gaff was first pointed out by Twitter User @santilishi, before being amplified by social media industry commentator Matt Navarra. Navarra tweeted a four-photo collage that seems to show the exact same sky in every shot, despite three of…

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Instagram Influencer Raises Eyebrows with ‘Pro’ Photos of Motorcycle Crash – Photography Article

An Instagram influencer with over 216,000 followers raised eyebrows recently after she posted stylish professional-quality photos of herself lying on the ground immediately after she supposedly crashed her motorcycle. BuzzFeed News reports that Nashville-based lifestyle blogger Tiffany Mitchell posted a series of photos on July 31st after a motorcycle accident that she claims left her scraped up and shaken. Mitchell says that a photographer friend of hers named Lindsey Grace Whiddon was riding alongside her and shooting photos at the…

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Instagram Says Viral Meme About New Content ‘Rule’ is a Hoax – Photography Article

If your Instagram feed has been filling up with text posts about a new “rule” that will soon allow Instagram to use your content in unprecedented and nefarious ways, don’t sweat it: Instagram has confirmed that the viral meme is exactly as fake as it looks. The post started spreading across the social network a few days ago, picking up steam as celebrities with millions of followers fell for the scam. “Don’t forget tomorrow starts the new Instagram rule where…

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This Influencer Posts Her Outtakes to Show that Instagram Isn’t Reality – Photography Article

Typically, when we write about influencers it’s not a terribly positive piece. But one Amsterdam-basedInstagram influencer is breaking that mold by doing something uplifting: posting outtakes next to polished photos as a “reality check” for followers who envy her social media image. Rianne Meijer is a style and beauty influencer whose 408K-follower Instagram account is chock full of the kinds of beautiful images we’re used to seeing: gorgeous sunsets, glamorous meals, and cute selfies set the stage for an enviable…

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How to Trick Instagram’s Algorithm for Higher Engagement (Maybe) – Photography Article

In mid-2016, Instagram started using an algorithm to order the photos you’re shown, which was a big change from the simple chronological feed that had been used since the beginning. If you’re not happy with the reach and engagement your photos on getting on Instagram, there’s a rumored trick you may want to try. Here’s the rumor: Instagram’s algorithm is said to favor photos that have had Instagram’s own filters applied to them, even if the filters are applied so…

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Algorithms Replaced Gatekeepers and Lowered the Bar on Quality – Photography Article

The rise of social media has had a massive impact on the art we see, consume, and interact with on a daily basis. Some of that impact was positive, some negative, but one of the most radical changes has also been one of the most detrimental: the demise of the gatekeepers. Gatekeepers were the tastemakers of the past: the magazine editors, television produces, publishing executives, and gallery curators. In other words, the people who decided what work was seen and…

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Woman Calls Out Her Own Sister for Faking Instagram Snap, Goes Viral – Photography Article

You might be able to fool the Internet, but as one Florida woman found out the hard way, you’d better hope your sister isn’t around when you’re doing it. Your little lie might just go viral. Casey Sosnowski recently posted your typical, inspirational hiking photo to her Instagram. Athleisure wear on point, the Lake Okahumpka Park and Trail beneath her feet, nature-loving caption locked and loaded. “Nature is the ultimate healer to all our problems,” wrote Casey, adding #NatureLover for…

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Facebook Finally Launches Instagram Scheduling Through Creator Studio – Photography Article

A recent update to Facebook’s Creator Studio has added a highly requested feature for Instagram power users and marketers: the ability to natively schedule Instagram posts and IGTV broadcasts ahead of time. The news spread across social media marketing channels earlier this week, but has remained somewhat quiet on the rest of the Internet. Yet, this update is definitely a big deal, removing a major pain point for professional photographers who use Instagram to market their services and spread the…

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Hiding Like Counts Sparks Tears and Controversy – Photography Article

Instagram’s controversial experiment with hiding public like counts is only live in seven countries, but it’s already inspired some freakouts from influencers who claim the change is crippling their engagement and destroying their livelihood. The experiment began in May, when Instagram made likes private for Canadian users only. Two months later, the social network expanded the trial to six more countries, adding Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand to the list. And just like that, millions of users…

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Instagram to be Renamed to ‘Instagram from Facebook’ – Photography Article

Instagram is getting a name tweak as Facebook seeks to signal its ownership and control over its subsidiary apps. The photo-sharing app will soon be called “Instagram from Facebook.” The Information first reported on the change, which will be shared by WhatsApp, turning it into “WhatsApp from Facebook.” The new “Instagram from Facebook” name will initially appear on the listings for the app in Apple’s App Store and Google Play, but it seems likely it’ll be used on the splash…

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Creating Shareable Stock Photography on Social Media – Photography Article

Stock isn’t something you expect to find trending on social media. Uncover how the pros bridge the gap between social media and stock photography. Mastering social media is integral to working as a pro creative nowadays, with apps such as Instagram more popular than ever. We spoke with some of our most successful contributors whose work has been featured on our @shutterstockcontributors Instagram channel to discover their social media secrets. Discover the Unfamiliar Aerovision.io (@aerovision.io) has 22K followers on Instagram…

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Take “Stock” of Your Instagram and Make It Work for You – Photography Article

You might have thousands of followers or even an influencer side hustle, but there’s another to monetize your content. Here’s how to get started with stock. There are 95 million photos and videos shared on Instagram every day. That wouldn’t be possible without millions of Instagrammers creating beautiful imagery. By submitting your photos and videos to Shutterstock, you’ll be joining a community of 550,000 contributors who create content that our customers depend on. Because of our contributors, we have a…

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Attorney Explains How Gigi Hadid Got Her Copyright Lawsuit Dismissed – Photography Article

Earlier this week, supermodel Gigi Hadid‘s lawyers successfully got a copyright case against her dismissed despite the fact that most people thought this was a clear cut case of infringement. The important question for photographers now is: how did her lawyers manage to pull this off? This original lawsuit was filed in January of this year after Hadid posted a photo of herself, taken by a photographer working for the agency Xclusive-Lee, Inc., to her Instagram without permission or payment.…

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Building The Ultimate Photo Editing Workstation – Photography Article

Building a solid workstation is critical to photographers and retouchers. We find ourselves sitting at the desk for 7-10 hours a day to meet deadlines. If you dread going to your editing station, it can make post-processing a chore that you don’t look forward to, which means delayed deadlines and unhappy clients. I made up my mind to build the dream station where I look forward to spending hours on end sitting at. In the above video I showcase my…

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Instagrammers are Getting Sick After Posing in Toxic Turquoise Lake – Photography Article

It’s been less than two weeks since we reported on the toxic lake in Siberia that has become a popular photo location for Instagrammers. Now, another bright turquoise lake, this time in Spain, is attracting would-be influencers. Except this one is so toxic it’s actually making people very sick. This particular lake is called Monte Neme, and it’s actually an abandoned quarry connected to a Tungsten mine that was used during World War II. And like the so-called “Maldives of…

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Stop Being So D*mn Selfish and Disrespectful – Photography Article

What does it take to push a farmer to this point? The point where, fed up of thousands of disrespectful photographers, wannabe “influencers” and narcissistic tourists, they feel the only way to get them to stop damaging their business and property, is to damage those people’s photographs? I guess those visiting the lavender fields of Valensole, Provence, in the south of France, just found out. I write this, obviously, with a slight tinge of irony – after all, I am…

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Instagram Will Now Warn You Before it Disables Your Account – Photography Article

Yesterday, Instagram announced two changes to its “Account Disable Policy.” The first will enable Instagram to disable offending accounts more easily; the second means you’ll now get a warning before your account is shut down. Instagram’s previous “Account Disable Policy” kicked in only when an account had crossed some threshold of “violating content.” Once you crossed that percentage, your account would be disabled, no questions asked or warnings given. Over the years, we’ve seen photographers of all stripes fall on…

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Instagram is Now Hiding Like Counts for Users in Seven Countries – Photography Article

Instagram began testing the removal of “likes” from users’ photos back in May. Now, it’s expanding that test to six more countries, hiding like counts in the hopes that it will “benefit everyone’s experience on Instagram.” The announcement that the test was expanding happened, ironically, through Twitter. Until today, only users in Canada had had their likes and video views hidden from other users, but now IG is adding Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand to the list.…

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Picturesque Lake Popular on Instagram Actually a Chemical Waste Dump – Photography Article

It’s a popular question: how far would you go for a beautiful picture? For a number of Instagrammers, it seems the answer is: I would paddle out onto a beautiful Siberian lake that’s actually a chemical waste dump for the nearby power plant. What sounds like a joke is, in fact, very real. According to a report in The New York Times, a beautifully turquoise bit of water near the town of Novosibirsk has attracted hundreds of people intent on…

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Popular #GatesofHeaven Instagram Spot is a Faked Photo Op with a Mirror – Photography Article

It should come as no surprise that everything on Instagram is not as it seems. And yet, the revelation that the famed #GatesofHeaven photo op in Bali, Indonesia is a fake photo op that will cost you one or two bucks has surprised many as the news rippled across the Internet this week. The instantly recognizable reflection photo is taken at the Pura Lempuyang Luhur temple in Bali, but just like the fake holy men of Varanasi or picturesque travel…

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Instagram’s New Anti-Bullying Tools Let You Shadow Ban Rude Followers – Photography Article

Yesterday evening, Instagram announced two new anti-bullying features that it’s calling “two steps on a longer path” towards “leading the industry in the fight against online bullying.” The first feature—which has not been released to the public just yet—is the ability to shadow ban (AKA ghost ban) individual followers/accounts. Instagram is calling this feature “Restrict,” and it allows you to … well … restrict an account so that only you and that user will be able to see their comments…

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This Famed LA Ice Cream Truck Has Started Charging ‘Influencers’ Double – Photography Article

The Instagram “influencer” problem is only getting worse. Two days ago, we shared an email exchange between a pair of wedding photographers who ran afoul of an influencer who wanted a free wedding photography package. Now, a famous LA Ice Cream truck has gotten so fed up, the owner has officially started charging so-called influencers double when they ask for free stuff. The CVT Soft Serve truck is an LA institution with a 15-year history, but its reputation comes with…

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Love, Like or Hate It? Social Media And Your Photography – Photography Article

How do you feel about social media from a photography perspective? How do you interact with your channels of choice? For most of us, our involvement in social media has happened over time. How we use and engage with others today probably looks a bit different than it did five years ago. If you’re a photographer, it is almost a necessity to have some level of interaction to promote your work, services and products. Claim Your Free Camera Craft Cheat…

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Facebook and Instagram Photos Go Down Globally – Photography Article

Facebook was hit with a major outage today as users around the world reported photos not uploading and displaying correctly. The outage also affected Facebook-owned apps such as Instagram and WhatsApp. If you’ve been seeing blank gray or broken icons in places where photos should be, it’s not just you. Starting at around 10am EST (7am PST), users of Facebook and Instagram began reporting that photos weren’t showing up after being uploaded. Many photos were replaced with broken image icons,…

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