Frequently, models ask me if I have Instagram. Well, I don't have Instagram. Mark Zuckerberg owns Instagram. I think what they mean is if I have an Instagram account. I have an account at Instagram. However, I no longer use it frequently.
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There are certain things at Instagram which I don't like:
In total, the effort which I spent on my Instagram account is huge and the benefits which I received are pretty low. I spent many hours on Instagram, and in return I only found two models for photoshoots.
There are reasons why things at Instagram are as they are. Instagram belongs to Facebook. The goal of Facebook is to make as much money as possible. Facebook earns money with advertisements. The more time users spend on Instagram, the more advertisements Instagram can show them. Therefore, Instagram shows the user preferable posts which caused other users to spend more time on the app. Instagram is optimised for stealing as much of our time as possible. If you don't take care, then you spend several hours a day on Instagram. And exactly that is what Facebook wants. Instagram doesn't care about what photographers need.
My solution for this problem is to use Instagram only for viewing other people’s pictures. I now rarely upload pictures myself. It no longer matters if I upload pictures on a daily basis, or once in three months. Instagram limited my reach so much that it's no longer of interest for me to upload pictures there. The reach is the amount of users whom Instagram shows your pictures to. I completely ignore the news feed at Instagram as well at Facebook, because Facebook decides what I get to see there.
There are photo platforms which are far better than Instagram, for example Modelmayhem. However, the problem is that many models just login there once a month, if at all. However, on Instagram, they are active on a daily basis. Why do you prefer Instagram? Feel free to send me an e-mail.
Frequently, models ask me if I have Instagram. My counter question then is: for what purpose? So far, I haven't received a reasonable answer to that question. If a model wants to see my portfolio, then I refer to my own website. Compared to Instagram, it has the following advantages:
Furthermore, I created a website like Instagram with major improvements:
For those, who still want to see my Instagram account, here is the link:https://www.instagram.com/mj.photoshoot/