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Instagram: Then and Now

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Instagram 7.3 was recently launched and the photo-sharing platform is now approaching its fifth birthday. How has it changed in that time? Of course, it now has a lot more features and is a more sophisticated app. But what was Instagram like back then and what’s its purpose now? When I joined in March 2011,…

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DSLR proves adequate replacement for iPhone camera!

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It was the first day of my visit and I was checking my Instagram and already planning some shots of one of the world’s most photogenic cities, when disaster struck. My iPhone was suddenly knocked out of my hand and — smash! The screen was shattered. I was in New York on a trip that…

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Sell Your Gig Photos via Social Media

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Music photography doesn’t pay. That’s the mantra you hear from a lot of photography professionals. And they’re right, but they’re missing the point. We do it because we love it not because we want to get rich. That said… there are bills to pay and getting paid is nice because it means someone really does…

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Would you buy this pizza? Why the Instagram power user system is phony

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The story of how Instagram power users (i.e. users with more than 100,000 followers) can make money from Instagram is not a new one. But we usually get only half the story. This was the case last week when respected UK national newspaper The Guardian printed a piece about companies hiring Instagram users with large…

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Street shooting tips for mobile photographers

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A street photographer is like a hunter. Success depends getting close and capturing your target in a natural state. To do this, you have to shoot without being seen. If your target sees you taking photos, they may either disappear completely or – even worse – put on a cheesy grin. Mobile phone cameras are…

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Why do we – and Instagram – like converging lines so much?

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Why do our eyes, or our brains, like converging lines pictures so much? If you usually get 50 or so likes for your photos on Instagram, post a converging-lines photo and you’ll get 100. Instagram itself loves converging lines pictures too – many of their suggested users are regular posters of pictures of classic examples….

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