My First Mistake:I’m new to IG. Just dipped my toes in the water last Friday. I immediately dumped a bunch of pics in my feed. And thus from the get-go, broke one of the biggie “etiquette” rules of IG – don’t bog down your followers’ feeds with a bunch of pics. But hey, I’m new. And don’t have followers. So I’m not bogging. Much. [sheepish grin]
Why I Avoided It So Long:I’ve stayed out of IG waters til now for a variety of reasons. In the beginning, because I didn’t have an iphone (still don’t, but IG is now available for android phones). In the middle, because I didn’t really want another “social media” outlet. And more recently, because I’ve feared becoming one of those photographers who seems to favor IG over real camera photos. (I have good friends – you know who you are!! – who have begun taking almost all of their personal pictures on their phone – because it’s super simple, fast, & convenient – instead of going to the trouble of using or bringing along the “real” camera (y’know, the one where you actually have to choose your focus, set your exposure, compose, shoot, import, edit, export? – I know, it’s a pain! But, hey, at the end of the day, you actually have a great picture that has better than 2” resolution!).
Why I Caved:Dare I admit it? I really like the simple Instagram filters. And the tilt shift. I love the tilt shift. I wanted to “fancy” up my phone pics. And sometimes and some places, I just don’t feel like hauling along the real camera gear. I wanna travel light. I just want simple phone pics.
But. Back to this whole Instagram etiquette thing. I’m not supposed to post a bunch of pics. So my typical storytelling-by-taking-a-bunch-of-pictures-that-together-show-the-day style isn’t going to work on Instagram. (after all, that’s what a blog is for) Ok. So I need to restrain myself and post only one (or maybe two, grin). But I still want all the phone pics edited similarly …
A Tip: How to Use Instagram Edits Without Posting to InstagramI learned that I can apply all the IG filters I like and just not upload to my feed by … putting my phone in airplane mode (turning off the wireless) so that the upload fails. But still saves to my phone. Win-win. I get my edits. I don’t bog down the IG feed. And instead I can make a big ol’ collage that tells my “story” and post it right here on my blog.
Questions?1. Have you fallen prey to shooting with your phone instead of your real camera? How do you find the balance?
2. What are your favorite apps that play along with Instagram? I’m looking for one that will allow me to post a full vertical or full horizontal with white backdrop (to fill out the square). I’ve yet to find such an app that works with android.
3. Are you guilty of over-posting? Or do you only post every once in a blue moon?
4. How often do you check your IG? Continuously? A couple times a day? Every once in a purple moon?
5. Is your feed public? Or Private? What drove your decision?
6. Did your other social medias (ie. blogging, Facebooking, Pinteresting, twittering, Flickr-ing) take a backseat to Instagram or just come right alongside?
7. Is Instagram here to stay? Or just the “flavor” du jour?
The end result that I want from Instagram: 1. cute edited phone pics that I can include in my annual family album and 2. to feel like I’ve had a quick daily interaction/“conversation” with my favorite photographer friends. Instagram could be just the ticket for those two goals. Feel free to look me up: shortonwords . I promise not to bog down your feed :-).