Bro, sick shot! We all know those iPhone photographers (yeah, we are looking at you, Andrew Griswold) who may sometimes take their photoshoots a little too far. The team over at AwesomenessTV perfectly captured what it's like to get a cup of coffee with an Instagram Bro. Please Bro, quit embarrassing us, and just drink your coffee.
Now, don't get me wrong; I'm guilty of snapping one too many photos of my beautiful dish of tikka masala curry or posting photos of desk succulents. Even still, I tend to use Instagram for posting snapshots and behind the scenes of my daily life (also my unhealthy obsession with mushrooms and my dog). I know a lot of photographers have carefully curated feeds: all images the same size with the same color scheme. Is that too far? Does using Instagram to post mainly behind the scenes hurt you as a photographer? Should photographers treat Instagram like a professional portfolio? It is a great free platform, and I know many of the writers here at Fstoppers have been approached for work via the 'Gram. I'd love to hear how Instagram has helped or hurt your photography business in the comments.
When I go out with photographer friends, I more relate to the girl in the video. I've actually held a menu before to block light from coming into the frame, used my phone flashlight to help fill in the shadows, and used a metal napkin holder to bounce light. Who knows, maybe it's just the artist in iPhone photographers, but it's a lot of work for a shitty cup of coffee.
What's the craziest thing you've done to get the Instagram shot? Share your images below! Also, you can follow me on Instagram to see some Fstoppers office behind the scenes and my amazing dog, Yeti.