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Can you guess what I am talking about?

Instagram.

The above image is my first attempt at doing one.  Jason over at O’Brien’s Pix has been trying to get me to use it for a while.  The first problem was that I don’t have an iphone, but they have brought it out for Android now, so I had no excuses.  Took me a while to work out how to get on it and today I finally worked out that I had downloaded the wrong thing.  I have it now.

You can apply some pretty jazzy special effects, though you don’t have a lot of choice with the basic app that you can download. I know that there are other people who use instagram all the time and have downloaded other apps to help with the manipulation of the images.  I haven’t gone that far yet.  This is my first day.

I thought today I would try playing around with it and tried to remember to take photos throughout the day.  The above image was taken at the supermarket.  I wanted to take something else, but forgot all about it until we were at the checkout, so this was close.

One of the things I’ve found is that it isn’t quick.   I also found that after you have done the image, you don’t seem to be able to save the images to your phone.  After you work on the image you have to upload it to something, facebook, twitter etc.  I find that a little annoying.  If you don’t upload it, then you lose the work you have done.  I’m sure there must be some way of uploading the photos to wordpress, but haven’t worked that out yet.

Remember the sunflowers from a few weeks back, well I still have them and this is what they look like now.  Well, with help from Instagram.

I was discussing it with my husband and I was telling him how you have to upload the images, he suggested I check out the copyright terms.  He thought that I might lose the copyright of my images, so I check out the conditions and found this

By displaying or publishing (“posting”) any Content on or through the Instagram Services, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, worldwide, limited license to use, modify, delete from, add to, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce and translate such Content, including without limitation distributing part or all of the Site in any media formats through any media channels, except Content not shared publicly (“private”) will not be distributed outside the Instagram Services.

So it looks like he was right.  If you put instagram images up, then the instagram company can do whatever they like with the images and there is nothing you can do about it, because you have agreed to the terms when you started using it.  That is a worry.  If you have an amazing image, they could make millions using it for advertising and there would be nothing you could do about it.  Sounds like, you would still own the copyright, but you would share it with them.  I could be wrong, but that is how it reads.

Just to be on the safe side, I would only use fun photos.  I wouldn’t be giving them access to any images that I thought were fantastic.  I am sure you can do a lot of the stuff that they do on Photoshop.

Another thing that concerns me is the terms you have to agree to if you want to sell your images through their gallery.  You only get 20% of the sale price.  That is crap.  I don’t care if they are doing the marketing for you, or whatever, it is a rip off.  I have had work in galleries and the most they take is 40%, so you get 60% and you decide the price.  I don’t know if you can decide the price on instagram.  I also have to wonder how many images they sell when people are putting up 100′s.

This is for Amanda from Wannabephotographer87.  Amanda this is our cat Tiddles, don’t laugh at his name.

Time will tell how it goes, perhaps it will be like polaroid images from the 70′s.  It is certainly a craze right now.  I have to wonder how long people will keep doing it.  Also, as more people start doing it, it also becomes very common.  I am not going to say that I am not going to do it, I will, I know I will.  I will have fun with it, but my DSLR will always be number 1 for me.

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