- Jun 26, 2013
- Oregon USA
- Real Name
- Andrew L
Like, what is "networking" among "serious photographers?"Even if it is a paid service, this new app is still about networking, little in common with sites like Smugmug and Zenfolio, which are for photographers to create personal/portfolio/gallery websites, which can be viewed in any web browser, not just one app in one OS. Smugmug and Zenfolio are not networks, they have more in common with Squarespace than with Instagram, Flickr, or 500px. If I never link to my Zenfolio website here or anywhere else, no one will ever find it and see the photos and galleries I have on it. When I upload something to Instagram and Flickr, people are more likely to see it, even if I don't try to get people to see it.
The thing with Instagram is it was never meant to be a "photographer-centric" app. It never ever even pretended to be for serious photographers, let alone ever actually tried to be. Like, it only started allowing non-square aspect ratio photos later? Instagram is still being Instagram, as far as I can see. Photographers are the only ones who want to change it into something it is not, and they always have been. They are still searching for a solution to a non-existent problem, and this Glass and $5/month is just another example.
Are these photographers seeking out community, like an online photo club, or do they think they'll find work among one another? If the latter, don't paid photographers have to kind of guard their income sources?