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Instagram Is Becoming Less Instant (And We Love It)

Tom Malone/Adventure Tribune
The trend in Instagram moves toward quality photos, even if they’re not shared instantly.


When Instagram originally released its app in 2010, it encouraged its users to take photos of what they were doing, and then share those photos instantly, no matter where they were.

The trend in instantly sharing photos on Instagram is shifting. The app is rapidly becoming a means for photographers (professional and amatuer) to share their most high-quality photos. Plenty of Instagram users are delaying their photo shares in order to collect a few high-quality photos to space them out over the course of the week or month, rather than rapidly sharing instant low-quality photos.

Part of the shift away from instantly sharing photos on Instagram comes from the rise of Snapchat, which is all about sharing instant media with a select group of friends. The popularity of Snapchat has forced Instagram users to modify their main purpose of the app, making it more of a portfolio-style photo-sharing app rather than a collection of instant events.

Since many Instagramers use the app to showcase quality photos, the standard of a “cool photo” has elevated, and for a few reasons. Smartphone cameras continue to increase in resolution, giving any photo taken from a new iPhone the potential to pop. Instagram also continues to enhance its interconnectivity with other photo storage apps, like Google Photos, which allows Instagram users to pull older photos from their collections taken with DSLR cameras instead of being forced to upload phone photos instantly.

As a result, Instagram photo quality is increasing. Looking at rising Instagram adventure stars’ photos from before 2012, you’ll find grainy, over-filtered photos. Currently, those same Instagramers features genuinely high-quality photos. Sure, some of that rise comes from general photography practice and improvement, but it also can be attributed to waiting to share in order to select the best photo instead of the most instant option.

After Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion in 2012, the Instagram app rose in popularity and blended Facebook’s interconnectivity to the photo-based app world, which catapulted Instagram to over 700 million monthly users (as of 2017).

The app seems to be increasing in popularity and general user numbers. With that, the quality of photography due to competition should continue to increase. Be sure to follow The Adventure Tribune on Instagram.

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Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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