On Instagram

instagram sunsettingThe whole deal with Instagram and their change of terms that would have allowed them to sell your pictures to whomever they wanted to, without having to get your permission to do so and without sharing any of the revenue that they made from selling the picture with you really, really bothered me.

It’s not so much that I think that my pictures on Instagram are so good that advertisers or whoever it is that Instagram was going to sell the pictures to was just going to fall all over themselves to grab my pics. That’s not really the point. The point, is that Instagram had the gall, of putting that sort of thing into their terms of use.

So the issue isn’t really “oh, I wanted to get paid for my pictures” which is indeed a part of it, it’s the gall, the sheer ballsiness of Instagram to say “we’re going to sell your pictures and were not going to tell you when we do so and we’re not going to give you any money for it either, f*ck you.” The ballsiness of doing something like that, is really the point.

So even if they retract their changes, which I heard they would, I am still leaning towards cancelling my Instagram account and set myself up somewhere else. I have not been able to bring myself to post anything new to Instagram since I heard this announcement.

I was already questioning the “why am I doing certain things” issue with regards to my photography business and my photography in general. I was already having a hard time seeing where Instagram fits in to my business plans.

Eventhough I’m starting to get more views and more comments on my Instagram pics, I get more and better responses from other locations. Surprisingly, 500px has been really good and Flickr of course has always been good.

Speaking of Flickr, they just launched a brand-new iPhone app which is absolutely fabulous. I must say I am very impressed with the quality of the application that they released. If you’re into this sort of thing, it’s got filters just like Instagram and it also lets you post directly into Flickr and other services as well. Just like Instagram does.

Of course, Flickr does have a deal with Getty Images, so if someone was interested in your photo for commercial purposes, they could license it and you get paid for the usage. Imagine that.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’ll be sticking around Instagram for much longer.


Rafael is an aviation geek, a consumer advocate, a dad, a multiple personality blogger, a photographer, politically opinionated, a videographer and many other things as well.

2 thoughts on “On Instagram

  • December 20, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Flickr also has a Windows Phone app ( which I just switched to) and Instagram does not. So… you know… wider potential audience.

  • December 20, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Yep, the Flickr app is really, really cool too. It has a lot of features that Instagram can’t match at this point. Maybe I should write a review of it.

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