For someone like me, who loves to take pictures and fancies myself as a sort-of ok photographer (in the realm of amateur photography), Instragram instantly became both the answer to my prayers. Having the ability to take photos, and share them, instantaneously, warms my photo-taking heart. Add in the fact that I can filter my photos til I get the look I desire and it becomes, in my eyes, a masterpiece. When deciding what pictures to add to my blog, or to Facebook, I worry about overwhelming people with too many photos – I am sure not everyone wants to see picture after picture of buildings, statues, beaches and, more importantly, my kids. But I love that Instagram takes that hesitation away, that whoever chooses to follow me expects to see nothing but photos! (psst, follow us on Instragram – passportsandpushchairs!)
It seems perfect, and the answer to every traveling families wishes, a quick way to share photos, an automatic backup of pictures that you take while on vacation, and an easy way to revisit your trip with a click of a few buttons and some scrolling back through your pictures, all in one space, but there definite disadvantages to this otherwise easy to use and helpful app.
I have two accounts, a personal account and an account related to this blog, with no way to switch between the two except to log out and log in. When we are traveling this can become an inconvenience, with some photos taken to be shared by one account, some on the other, and some on both.
The pictures taken with my phone, while decent, don’t compare with the photos taken by my fancy camera, but in order to share those I need to email them to myself, download them onto my phone, and then instagram them. Again, doable, but not the most efficient use of time.
At the end of the day Instagram does what it should – it is a vessel to quickly share pictures of a moment, or memory, as it happens. I will take that, flaws and all.
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This post is part of the new Instagram Travel Thursday linky, hosted by Skimbaco Lifestyle, Destination Unknown, Child Mode, Hines Sight Blog, Live.Do.Grow., House of Anaïs, Luxury Travel Mom. Click on any of the above links to check them all out!