Using Instagram for dslr images

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I have a problem with images on IG that are not iPhone produced and edited. And it really gets frustrating seeing them on the popular page. It takes the heart out of what I feel instagram is about...a community for iPhone images.

I just recently got into using IG as a social networking platform between iphone users and I slowly realized that it is not just for iPhone images. So I may just go back to using it like I previously was...only a photo editor and a means to get my images to foursquare, tumblr, flickr and facebook. Really a shame.
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@ anniebluesky

I totally agree with you. Wheen IG was first released i had this vision of a huge worldwide community sharing some really cool pictures, all shot and edited within the IG-app. Unfortunately, most of the time you only see people showing off with these photoshopped HDR-pictures taken with DSLR-cameras. In my opinion it kills the whole idea of IG. isn't flickr more suitable for those kind of pictures? IG should be for IG users. At least there should be an in-app option to exclude pictures taken outside of IG.

I love IG and it's potential, but unfortunately, right now, it's just a Facebook(etc.) photo uploader with filters.
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Jani, I would love the option to not see dslr images in IG. Don't get me wrong. I love my Nikon, but never upload any of those images to IG. They are all uploaded to flickr.
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iphone, dslr....whatever...dont think, just watch and enjoy.
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I do enjoy. But I really enjoy seeing what others are doing with their iPhones. It inspires me to explore all the possibilities with it.
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Annie, I heart you, and so do many people who have the same feeling.
Please join us and comment at this thread: http://getsatisfaction.com/instagram/...

In the meantime, I regularly run challenges only for iPhone photos. What's your IG username, I'll follow you there :)
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Chris, I'm anniebluesky on IG.
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Lighten up, it's art. Art is open source. How snobby to require iPhone-only pics. Do you go to an art gallery and look at only art created with metal. clay or strictly watercolor? I've seen just as many bad DLSR shots as I have iPhone shots and visa versa.
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I'm looking at the pop page right now, and it looks to me like most are iPhone pix. While most of my photos are iPhone pix, I do post DSLR pics because my followers ask me to. If you don't want to see DSLR pics, don't follow someone that posts them. The creators of the app don't even have a true opinion on whether it should be all iPhone or not. What if it's developed for the Android; will they be be integrated with the iPhone users? Or will they be Android purists? I think art is art and beautiful photography is beautiful photography, no matter what it was taken with. I don't have a flicker account, and don't plan on getting one. I have IG, and it's all I need.
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I agree w photoeng ( I enjoy your shots too) I actually never take shots with the Instagram App because it has such low resolution so I take pictures with the Shakeitphoto App and post it with Intagram or yes I sometimes use D70 shots it doesn't matter because the app reduces the dslr shot to a iPhone level and then when you put a Instagram filter on it then wallah it is instant lomo shot...come on photographers lighten it up I have posted 265 photos on the Instagram network, I have 183 followers, I follow heart and comment religiously 321 Instagrammers and I have never gotten a photo on the Pop Page do I care? A lil but not as much as I do about the Instagram friends commenting instantly on my shots...cheers koduckgirl
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" It takes the heart out of what I feel instagram is about...a community for iPhone images. "

What YOU feel instagram is about is not what everyone feels instagram is about. I feel it's a great, mobile way for everyone to share moments in time on an artistic level, whether that be from an amateur, pro, enthusiast, iPhone, Android, Windows7, compact point and shoot, DSLR, toy camera, etc. You choose who to follow. No one is forcing you to follow those you think are not in the iPhone-only crowd. The diversity is what I love about instagram.
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Brad, I share some of Annie's frustration, but I also understand your point. I have long accepting the fact that IG as a medium will always be used as the users see it fit. It's a free platform to share whichever photo the user want to share, regardless how the photo was taken.

The problem was, at least in the early days of IG, that the popular page was full of these 'professionally' taken photos, which obviously far superior than the merely amateurishly taken lo-fi photos, which in turn would get more likes.

Some of us felt that this is not fair, 'considering' that IG is, first and foremost an iPhone App.

So the problem is not about following or not following people, but the Popular page, which is there whether you like it or not (you don't follow or unfollow Popular page), was full of DSLR photos :) That doesn't feel right, wouldn't you think?

Now, with the recent changes of the Popular page formula, and with the surge of new IG users, it seem that this problem has slowly gone away. So I guess this is not a problem anymore.

Though, as we are posting at this support thread http://getsatisfaction.com/instagram/... , IG should retain the EXIF data of the photo so users know more details of the photo, not only how it was taken, but many many more.
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Good thinking, IMO. It will be easy for IG to add a source tag so users can choose how they see an image. Once the app gets to other platforms (it would be foolish not to) having the option to tag an image as ihpone, dslr, droid or whatever would be a good thing. Maybe the info could be pulled from exif
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Erik, yes ... that's what I said above, i.e. puling from EXIF :) Did you check the link I attached above? Would be good to have more people supporting it. Thanks!
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Thanks Chris. I was posting from my phone and that's a mixed blessing. Safari on the iphone isn't the best interface here so I didn't see your link until after I'd posted, and then wasn't able to edit my comment. You have my support on the EXIF front for sure -- it would simplify my viewing pleasure enormously.
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I have no problem with anyone voicing their opinions. I was including mine.
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I have been following this thread for a while. I have to add this: Sometimes there is NO way to tell if a photo is Iphone or not. I have been on popular many times. With the exception of a few, most of my pics are Iphone shots. And yet, I consistently get remarks about "this can't be an Iphone", "isn't IG suppose to be Iphone only?" It gets a little old, and it gets a little rude. Ask me....I will tell you. And to really emphasize that point, the last DSLR pic I took and posted did NOT make popular. And really who cares?

I came to IG in October. Yes, I have many followers now, but I found people by looking at others pictures and COMMENTING and liking their work and SOCIALIZING with others. Then I had followers, then my pictures made popular. It had nothing to do with what type of camera. My first shots were all IPHONE

BTW, just because I have a DSLR and make Popular does not mean I am in any way a professional photographer. I teach Second Grade. Maybe that is why I am sounding harsh today.....it's Friday morning. I apologize if I offend anyone here. I just thought these points needed to be made.
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Is that why your username is Frosty? ;) Just kidding, my wife is a Primary Teacher, I've got the same treatment at home as her children at school, if you know what I mean :D

No, I don't really care to get into Popular. So the question is then, why do we still have this Popular page then, if nobody cares? Might as well remove them, right? In truth, making the Popular page does help increasing your followers, and this and the fact the we, as social beings, have a tendency for a bit of narcissism, are the reason why many people care to get into the Popular page.

Your point about you kept being asked whether your photo was taken with iPhone or not, is actually a good argument to make a more details info (from the EXIF data) available for each photo. And this is what we want IG to add as a feature, which you can read and comment in the support link I mentioned above. [I know this is not related to the topic of this thread, but I just want to point out the alternative]
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Frosty, I agree with you. Sometimes there is no way to tell if an image is DSLR or iPhone. For that reason, I'm really liking the suggestion Chris made to add info from the EXIF data.

There is nothing that makes me happier than to look at an image on IG and be in complete awe knowing it was taken and edited on the iPhone. It gives me something to aspire to. Very similar to why I follow certain people on flickr...they inspire me.

And, you are right. Just because it is DSLR, doesn't make it good. There is proof plenty for that. Maybe that is my whole point. Just because it is DSLR doesn't automatically make an image better than and iPhone image.

I just thought IG was the community for iPhone users. And naively, when I first started using IG, I thought it was all iPhone images. My balloon burst when I found out otherwise.
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LOL Chris! Yes! You do understand then :) I am actually Frosty1 on IG if you would like to find me there.

The Popular page is necessary though so we can find others. Otherwise you join IG and how do you know where to go to even begin to look for pictures?

I got there often just to see what wonderful works are being posted. I sometimes find people to follow on there directly from popular, or I find other people by looking at comments, etc. (yes I know I could be grading papers)

So I believe Popular is still necessary and how one chooses to use it will depend on their circumstances. And it is exciting to get your photo on there once in a while....but in my opinion, that should not be the Goal of IG.....

:)
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i understand how you feel and somehow im guilty of uploading non-iphone/ipod touch images in the application, although those photos are from film cameras and not dslrs. and i dont even think my photos were ever posted on the popular tab (lol!) but honestly, for me, i dont want to think about the "technicalities" of it. im an appreciator of art and im happy to see cool photos in the application.
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If they don't go to the popular page, I don't care about them :D No, just joking :)

There is something though which could be a reason why you would want to see these 'technicalities', that is, if you want to 'learn' how this .. 'beautiful' creation came into being. To learn how we can do the same thing.

And this is why I'm pushing this technical details to be included, because I don't want just to 'watch', I want to 'create' too :)

But then again, that just me ;)

Have a good weekend!
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I don't have a problem with anyone voicing an opinion :-) and I respect the different opinions that are here ... and I would like to see Instagram available to those who just plain love playing with photos, however they were taken. Although I'm not currently familiar with the various options, maybe one answer is to have a community section for "iPhone pics", "android pics" or what-have-you, and let Instagram be available for everyone who would like to use it. Although I do have a DSLR I am definitely not a photo professional, I just love playing with art, design, photos for the sheer fun of it and have done for the last 15 years. I've seen friends' photos that have had Instagram filters applied and they look brilliant - however, I haven't got an iPhone or the other gadgets, so it's not currently available to me - and I really want to be able to use this program.
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A button asking if this is a phone pic when uploading would fix it. Then viewers could see how the pic was taken, and form an opinion based on all the info. I write 'iPhone pic' in the description with my shots, helps distinguish phone pics from the others I take. I'm offtopic on IG btw... See u in there
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I agree w photoeng ( I enjoy your shots too) I actually never take shots with the Instagram App because it has such low resolution so I take pictures with the Shakeitphoto App and post it with Instagram or yes I sometimes use D70 shots it doesn't matter because the app reduces the dslr shot to a iPhone level and then when you put a Instagram filter on it then wallah it is instant lomo shot...come on photographers lighten it up I have posted 265 photos on the Instagram network, I have 183 followers, I follow heart and comment religiously 321 Instagrammers and I have NEVER gotten a photo on the Pop Page do I care? A lil but not as much as I do about my Instagram friends commenting instantly on my shots...cheers koduckgirl
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not really sure where u got the idea that it was for iphone photos only and only photos edited with instagram, the purpose of it was to be a like twitter except with photos (photos. just photos. not a specific type of photo such as photos taken with your iphone. just photos in general) actually im not sure it even was intended for that because what it mainly is used for is for photographers to show off their artwork and for others to view their photography. it cant really be a social network because it is really limited to those who have an iphone, ipad, or ipod touch. although i did just find this site --> http://web.stagram.com/ so in other words popular images are going to be the ones that are the best looking or the ones that are liked by tons of people cuz the uploader has hundreds (sometimes thousands) of followers and is using instagram just to show off their life. there are three basic types of people on instagram: the artist that earns his likes and followers cuz he makes great looking photos and usually has a massive amount amount of followers compared to the number of people he is following; the "i wanna be on the popular page" person who goes to everyone and says "u follow me and il follow u back" or follows people hoping they do the same procedure, thus having a very even follower/following ratio which will eventually get them enough followers to get enough likes on their photos to get their pics on the popular page; and finally the person that has hundreds and thousands of followers and takes unartistic photos that just show of their life cuz they treat instagram like facebook. there is also the people that follow absolutly everybody more than likely just to give those people they are following another follower out of kindness and dont care much about the photos they or anyone else uploads and the pretty girl (or guy) that use their physical features to get them more likes and followes thus getting on the popular page. there are also people who dont take artistic photos that just upload photos of cool stuff or what not because they want people to see them (such as cars, hot girls, bugs, etc.) so basically this should help u get the idea about what instagram is all about (or has become about). i have both photos from my dslr and my iphone (user name: xOCEANx) and i really dont think it matters which you use cuz when u upload a photo to instagram it automaticlly reduces the resolution of the pic plus ur looking at these photos on a tiny iphone screen (unless u go to that website i mentioned above) so... yeah.. u should get the general idea if u read this whole thing lol sorry for writing such a novel lol
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Dear xOCEANx,

First of all, where did you learn to write like that Man?! Don't they teach how the write properly these days? How can you expect people to read and understand what you have in mind if you write like that?

Second of all, even though you've already been in IG for 3 months, you really don't know much about what IG is, who are using it, and how people are using it.

Let's get rid off Annie's original question out of the way first. As you can see, this question was written 5 months ago, that time we didn't know much about IG. But today, I think we have come to term that IG will not only be used by people who take picture with their iPhone, but also with other means. I think even Annie will agree with me :)

Now, let's talk about the other stuff :)

1. IG was and is not mainly used by Photographers, as a matter of fact, most of us are NOT Photographer.

2. IG is and has been been built with Social Networking in mind from the very beginning. This is the strength of IG compare to other Photo sharing sites like Flickr or Photobucket etc. If you follow some of the more prominent IGers, you would see that they actually hold many conversations on their photo comments.
I don't where did you get the impression that just because IG is limited to iPhone, it can't become a Social Networking, unless you have different view of Social Network to this one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_n...

3. If you think only people with massive followers will always get to be popular, well you are completely wrong :D There are more criteria to get into the Popular page other than just having thousands of followers. Yes followers help, but it's not the definitive formula :) I'll let you 'investigate' what this formula is, it's a good exercise :)

4. Last but not least, for me personally, it matters if the photo is taken with iPhone or with DSLR. It matters for me not in a way that I hate people who upload their DSLR pics, no .. not anymore :) But it's all about appreciation. If I see you uploading a great photos, but with only an iPhone, my appreciation to you and the photo would be greater than if you had taken that photo with your DSLR. And if you think people can't tell, trust me, they can :)

Having said those, I do agree with you analysis of the types of people in IG, it's spot on :)

PS: If you want to write a Novel, you should work on your Capitalization and use Paragraph :D
PSS: Just in case you want to look for me, my IG username is mahadewa and 99.99% of my photos on IG I took it with my iPhone4 :)
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Dear Prakoso,

first: does it matter how i write? really? aslong as my point gets across, i think i have written what ever i wrote well enough.

second: yes i do know a lot about instagram, who are using it, and how.
also: hurr durr.. yes like i said before ig is for photos. not photos only captured using an iphone. not photos only captured by a dslr. just photos in general. it can be captured using any device aslong as u can get it on ur iphone/ipod or use web.stagram.com

1. there are two main types of photographers: amateur photographers and professional photographers. if u take cool looking pictures or try to be artistic with the pictures you take, and/or you are trained (in some form or another, most likely thru photography classes) in the art of using a camera (especially a dslr which requires the knowledge of ISO, aperture, shutter speed, lighting, etc. etc.) and you dont take pictures for pay then you are an amateur photographer whether u know it or not. the moment u start taking pictures to sell for your own profit (Idk what the rules are for selling to raise money for charity and what not) then you are a proffesional. most professionals have extended training and you can usually pic these out like a sunflower in a barren wasteland. if ur just taking pictures just to show something (like the countless photos of peoples lunch or new pairs of shoes) then thats not photography.

2. conversations are common on ig because.. well... what the hell kind of social network (or whatever you want to call it) would something be if there wasnt anyone conversing with others (its called SOCIAL networking for a reason). i did not read the link you added because its not even worth looking at. a social network is a general idea. not a freakin genre of music. there really is no defining a social network other than its a site for people to connect with eachother in one way or another. especially if they have a common interest. is youtube a social network? unofficially yes. that was not what the people who made it intended for it to be (as far as i know) but a massive amount of people use it in this manner because it is capable of it.

3. yes i know how the popular page works. it has to do with the number of likes a photo gets and how quickly and frequently the photos received those likes. a photo with 80 likes that got all of those likes within a few days has a higher chance of being placed on the popular list than a pic that got 80 likes over a matter of weeks. the more followers a person has, the more people who r going to see that persons pics on their feed. the more people that see the pic the more people who are going to push the like button. the more likes, the higher chances that that pic will get placed on the popular page. when it gets on the popular page even more people see it and if those people see it and like it they might want to check out your other photos and potentially push the follow button cuz they liked your other photos too. which if u do get more followers from that then that means more people will see your photo when u upload it. and when more people see your photo then the process starts over. the number of followers you have actually does directly affect your chances of getting on the popular page. the more followers you have, the more likes your photo has to have to get placed on the popular page. btw i did not investigate. i have know this ever since i started taking ig seriously (basically three months. i have been on ig longer than three months but since ig doest say the exact date you upload a photo, it rounds it. it wont say 4 months probably until it actually reaches 4 months, which is soon)

4. im sure if you went on my page u would see alot of pics u thought were taken with my dslr but were taken on my iphone. but dont bother cuz by the way you have replied i really dont want your sarcastic, negitive, ignorant imput to travel from this page to my instagram page.

5. your sarcastic smiley faces scattered throughout your reply are not appreciated here. it just makes you look more like a troll.

6. i didnt even bother to look at how long ago this question was added. the only reason i came to this page was that i searched google on how to mimic the ig filters (specifically the gotham filter) in a photo editing program so i could make higher resolution pics of the ones i used the filters on in instagram to make prints out of them.

7. i am an amateur photographer. i love art and photography is an artform. i have never sold a print of any of my photos but i plan on doing so with an organized group to raise money for an animal shelter. whether that makes me a professional or not: idk

ps: for future reference, when someone says they wrote a novel of a post, it is an expression. it means they wrote a long lengthy post.

pss: no i dont want to look for you because you have offended me and more than likely your pics are not worth my time. if you are implying that you take better pics with your iphone: i doubt it judging by your sarcastic attitude. arrogance gets in the way of progress and your reply had a very arrogant air to it.

PSSS: do not reply to me again
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" PSSS: do not reply to me again"

If you're going to be that sensitive about people's comments, you might want to consider not posting here. Or changing from the arrogant, abrasive, and anti-literate posting style you're using. You don't know what other people think or do but claim to be an authority, you think that somehow claiming amateur status is a badge of honor, and you appear to be all about what you want instead of what you can contribute. Simultaneously claiming expertise and ignorance really doesn't boost your cred.

Instagram is what it is, both as an app and a community. Your attempts to define it and photography in general as existing the way you perceive them fall far short of any intelligent standards I know except those held by the hopelessly naive and self-important. I won't go into detail because it's obvious that you aren't interested in communication from the hearing side.
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DSLR images completely ruin the app. I hardly use it anymore for that reason alone. It's not fair and should be stopped.
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You must've followed wrong people then ;)
There are more people uploading iPhone photo than ones that do DSLR, trust me.