Comments on: Instagram – a platform for professionals? What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 By: JosephMarks Fri, 02 May 2014 13:16:11 +0000 Wow, did your arrogance just insult everyone who posts to Instagram. You accuse photographers of digital manipulation just because they use a filter and you suggest people who post to Instagram should be amateurs. I suspect the thousands of “professional photographers” that participate and share in the fantastically open Instagram community and the millions of photographers who are amateurs simply by the fact they don’t make a living from shooting pictures but daily post great images equal to what the so called pros shoot would take offense to what you wrote. It is funny how Reuters constantly uses amateur pictures found on social media on its wire taken during breaking news events. By your words shouldn’t these images only be suitable for the amateur only Instagram publishing platform?

Are you also suggesting that because Reuters only posts a standard 35mm frame your are better than all of us who love a square format and prefer to use it to the tiny image you post. I am not sure you should boast that you get 1000 likes on average for a follower base of 50k. It doesn’t appear you are engaging the community of photographers on Instagram very well.

Your column in the end is nothing but an advertisement for your Wider Image web site. Lets see if your are honest enough to share with the photo community how many users you have for that display of photography compared to Mark Zuckerberg sharing recently that Instagram has 200 million users. It is 2014 and I believe the world of photography lovers has spoken saying that if you want to enjoy and participate in the beauty of photography today, be a member of the Instagram community.

While Reuters employees a fantastic group of photographers globally who constantly bring great images to publication it is but a small part of the overall world of photography. Maybe if you embraced the photography community as a whole and stopped tagging people pros and amateurs and just admired a picture for what it is no matter who took it you might find a better engagement with Reuters followers. Instagram simply allows users to do as they like with images.

By: johnmacp Fri, 02 May 2014 08:30:22 +0000 Interesting observations. However I’m not sure you’re taking the appropriate perspective.

Whilst you are indeed “paid professionals” you’re not just ‘making money’ directly, you are also looking for the most appropriate and ‘easy’ dissemination channels for your ‘product’. Instagram is such a service. Your product is not ‘just’ imagery, it’s information, awareness-raising, news.

But your ‘product’ I’d argue is not just the material that you disseminate, it’s the integrity, impartiality, and insight with which you deliver it. Your ‘value’ is your brand perception. And that can be of inestimable value to you in the long term.

I agree that the word ‘like’ is wholly inappropriate, and that an alternative term would be useful, but I think also that to go down that route is to perhaps lose sight of what is actually being ‘liked’ however obliquely – which is you, Reuters.

“The only pictures that don’t seem to upset people are silhouettes. So maybe we should just ignore everyone and post whatever represents the best of the file? But the point is to gain followers not lose them. Would someone interested in world news like to see cute pandas; or would our “panda followers” be horrified by pictures of children with malnutrition or bomb blasts in Iraq?”

I think you are treading on dangerous ground when you start to even consider such ‘self-censorship’ because you fear you may offend some group or other.

I’d argue that the value to you of ‘followers’ is not determined solely by their ability to bestow ‘likes’ upon your images, rather to ‘like’ the fact you offer carefully curated and quality photography that delivers emotional impact whether its content is ‘likeable’ or ‘repulsive’.

To do anything other than that is, I would suggest, to show huge disrespect to those less fortunate participants in events around the world which cause them huge personal grief. These are events that may not be ‘likeable’ for a segment of your audience, but they are virtually unbearable for the victims and we all need to bear witness to that.

Which kind of answers your question: I may not ‘like’ the image of malnourished babies in Myanmar, I but I do ‘like’ the fact you choose to show and widely publicise it, and also explore the complex issues behind such desperate imagery.

By: Aravind123 Fri, 02 May 2014 07:58:53 +0000 Beautiful article on current trends, people posting photos using such apps directly from phone.

For the question, Would you “like” a picture of malnourished babies in Myanmar? – Yes, definitely for the emotion captured in the image. But sad to see still we could not eradicate malnutrition from the world.