Why Instagram?

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I’ve been on a bit of in Instagram kick recently and it’s really become my favourite social network.  Funnily enough I shunned it for many years to begin with, simply for the reason that I already had too many other channels to worry about with Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc etc.  There’s no such thing as a “best” social network for photographers because it all depends what your end purpose is, but for me at least, Instagram is where I spend time enjoying other people’s images.  All the other channels just seem like ‘work’ to me.  A necessity of running a business that lives partially online.  I heard a comment recently, and I forget exactly who said it unfortunately, but it went something like this……

“You only see positive things on Instagram, all other social networks are full of negativity.”

When you think about it, that’s absolutely true.  Log into Facebook these days and amongst the cat videos and baby photos, your newsfeed is bound to be full of negative news articles about some government or other doing something someone doesn’t like.  I’m not saying there isn’t a place for that, and the commentary that goes with it, but it’s not what I’m looking for in a social network anymore.  On Instagram though, it’s simply thousands and thousands of beautiful images.  They don’t even have to be great images all the time, but people very rarely post a photo of anything that’s in any way negative.  Even if it’s a bad photo by someone’s standards, there’s usually good reason why the photo was taken. It made that person happy enough that they wanted to share that moment with the world.

I like that.

Food for thought.

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Dan Carr

Professional photographer based in Yukon, Canada, and founder of Shutter Muse. His editorial work has been featured in publications all over the world, and his commercial clients include brands such as Nike, Apple, Adobe and Red Bull.

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3 thoughts on “Why Instagram?”

  1. Dan, I have a question. I like you have dabbled with Canon and Sony. I have 2 Canon Mirrorless EosM5 cameras, adapters and all the Canon lenses. I also have a Sony a7II, and an a6000 and a a6500. With that I have the 18-105 f4 and the 70-200f4 and a 55 f1.8 along with serveal variable apture lenses. I am going to Colorado in May to phtograph 5 steam railroads. I am agonizing over which system to take. Would you have any thoughts on this?

    • Jim it sounds like you have quite a collection! Is the trip a personal trip? For fun? In which case I would take the kit that you find to be the most fun to use! Photography is supposed to be fun 🙂 All your cameras are capable of good images so I wouldn’t agonize over it too hard.


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