A model I shot recently contacted me and asked if I minded if they posted some shots to instagram, and should they remove my logo if they did. I'm a little behind the times, had heard of instagram, but don't have a smart phone (I'm in an area that basic cell service is spotty) and never paid attention to it. I did a quick web search, it seems similar to making an announcement on the main page here. So educate me... Models, do you bother posting on it? Photographers, would you mind if a model posted your shots on it, and do you post your own shots on it? But most important, Christmas is coming, should I get a smart phone?...
Instagram is basically Twitter with pictures. You can add filters to those pictures (which is often something people dislike about it, since a good majority of the time it makes the picture look worse). It forces you to crop pictures though, so if a model or photographer were to post their work, more than likely they would have to write the credits in the caption.
I mostly use it just to take pictures of random things like my pets, family, etc.
Smartphones are handy. If you can afford it, I'd suggest getting one, but leaving it set on vibrate.
As for instagram and models posting my images there, HELL NO! If I wanted a cheap, crappy filter laid over the top of them, I would have done it before I delivered them. If they want something to post on instagram, that's what bathroom selfies are for.
A lot of photographers seem to get pissed about models uploading their photos to Instagram because they usually apply one of the filters to it and always crop it. This of course screws with the way the photographer meant for it to look and that tends to piss off sensitive folks:)
Me personally, I don't give a shit. I'd have more of an issue with a model taking my image into Photoshop and tinkering with it then reposting it the same size with my watermark on it so that it looks like I meant for it to be that way. Instagram is OBVIOUSLY Instagram and if someone is tricked by that I probably don't give a shit about their opinion anyway.
In fact I usually screw up my own photos with it. When I retouch something these days I save a web sized version for general use and then if it looks good I'll crop it to a square and send it to my phone to post on Instagram. And yes, I add a filter to my already finished photo. Sad to say I think it usually improves them
I don't care what the model does with my final edits. I've gotten what I want out of the shoot, if they want a different look from it then they can go right ahead.
I'm finding Instagram a nice change after intense post-processing. After days of editing out bands, MCs, curtains and miscellaneous equipment from a fashion show, it's refreshing just to take a pic and upload.
You should care if you want to control the content you create. As mentioned above, instagram is a square crop and your watermark will be the first to go. If they want to post something then it's better if it's like a "behind the scenes" kind of thing, and then it becomes a teaser for the final images.
Does it matter to you what kind of feedback the models get on images you make? How does someone clicking "like" on a photo on their page help you?
I wouldn't care if model posted photo on instagram, twitter, facebook etc.
The only thing that could bother you is if she would apply some of standard filters available on instagram on your photo. But everyone knows look of instagram filters - and it means they will know it's not photographers fault if photos looks not that great.
Ok. I opened an account on my iPad. Still figuring it out, but the main problem seems to be that the pics are so small they're hard to see. Even on the iPad, they only come up the size they would be on an iPhone, I can't seem to enlarge them to the size of the iPad screen. So even if my logo was on the pics, no one would be able to read it. Can't see that it would get me any work, either. The good part of it is that it encourages everyone to take pics and be creative, the bad side is everyone thinks they're a photographer now.
I post my work to Instagram! To avoid having to crop your photos into a square... there are "Square" apps for both iPhones and Android phones that add a colored bars to either the top & bottom (for landscape) or left & right (for portrait) sides of the photos so that you can upload the photo in its entirety onto Instagram.