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Dead Sunflowers

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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  1. ☆ MagicAperture #

    I use hipstamatic on my iPhone which I much prefer to instagram as you get to keep your images on your phone, you don’t need to upload them anywhere. Not sure if it’s available for android though.

    April 26, 2012
    • I tried to see if I could get that for my phone, but it doesn’t look like it is available. Might have to keep trying, you never know.

      April 28, 2012
  2. I love the Pixlr-o-matic app, which is very similar from what I can tell. I don’t have iPhone or anything so can’t use Instagram, but found Pixlr-o-matic instead and downloaded it to my laptop. I use PhotoShop elements first, then use Pixlr-o-matic to add filters and borders. Check out: http://diannesphotojournal.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/the-steampunk-capital-of-new-zealand/ and http://diannesphotojournal.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/wooden-posts-and-sharks/.

    April 26, 2012
    • Thanks for that Dianne, I checked it out, so might have to see what I can do with it.

      April 28, 2012
  3. The photos look so retro. The licensing does look to be bullcrap. I wonder how many people actually read the terms and conditions when installing apps and programs.

    April 26, 2012
    • I’ve been wondering the same thing. You can get some interesting images, but at what cost. I think I will see if I can work out how to do it myself on photoshop and then I will own the images outright.

      April 28, 2012
  4. I’m glad you found and read the TOS before you went any further…lots of people haven’t, and don’t realize that they’ve given away their rights…I’m told that Facebook and Flickr have similar things buried in their agreements, and won’t use either of them for that reason.

    Those are very fun images in today’s post…Tiddles is a handsome fellow! :D

    April 26, 2012
    • I think you are right, people don’t read them. Then they wonder why they get ripped off. I will only use it for fun. I don’t know about facebook, I tend not to put images up on facebook just in case, and when I do, it is usually images I don’t really care about. People steal images off facebook all the time.
      I had fun doing them. Klara, my daughter, will like hearing what you said about Tiddles. :)

      April 28, 2012
  5. The images are fun but – as you say – I am sure you could do something similar with photoshop or some other software.

    April 27, 2012
    • I hope so, it would mean more to be able to do those things yourself and not have to worry about fulfilling their user requirements. More time ahead in experimenting with photoshop.

      April 28, 2012
  6. Thanks for the tip! After reading your post, I also uploaded the app on my Android phone! Gonna have some fun experimenting with it :) but agree the DSLR will always take 1st place! happy weekend!

    April 27, 2012
    • I don’t know what size the images are, and you are kind of limited with what you can do, but it will be fun to use. So I’m not going to complain too much.

      April 28, 2012
  7. Now it suddenly make sense of the 1 billion FB paid for it…

    April 28, 2012
    • Really. I had heard it had been sold, but hadn’t heard that. Makes you wonder how much money you can make from it if they were prepared to pay that much for it.

      April 28, 2012
  8. I have it but never tried it, maybe it’s time for me too!

    April 28, 2012
    • You should give it a go Bonnie, it is okay for a bit of fun. Though I have found a couple of applications that give me a little more flexibility with what I do with the photos. Might do a post on it later in the week.

      April 30, 2012
  9. HAHAHA thank you so much for that picture of Tiddles! HAHA! What a cutie!!! The name is adorable :P Thanks you for the picture and mentioning me in your blog! That whole thing with Instagram is kind of sketchy, I don’t know how I feel about it. But your photos look amazing, but I think you already make your pictures look so good you don’t need other people messing with them. You’re already amazing girl! HAHA!

    April 30, 2012
    • You are too nice. Hhaha :) :) I think it is fun, and since it is on the phone, then I always have it with me. I would always use my good camera for the good stuff, but yesterday, after I had taken photos of the beach boxes, I tried it with the phone camera and it was fun, but that is all. It is like what Polaroids were like in the 70’s and 80’s.
      Tiddles is cute, we are trying to teach him to meow when he wants food. it is pretty funny. We are also trying to teach him the word food, we think he understands what that is right now.

      April 30, 2012

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