During the past year, I've become a huge Instagram fan and look forward to browsing each day. However, there are a few things that I see there frequently that drive me up the wall.
Seriously, why are there feet in this photo? This has become THE THING to do on Instagram. How did it suddenly become a requirement to include your feet in every possible photo?
I realize that sometimes people shoot a crooked horizon on purpose, and there's nothing wrong with that. I do it, too. However, there are tons of shots with unintentional crooked horizons, and it's just lazy. You can make that correction right in the Instagram editor. Fixing this kind of issue can make the difference between a good photo and a great photo.
HDR for the sake of HDR
HDR is an old photography technique that has recently gained new popularly, largely thanks to a lot of gimmicky filters and apps and consequently an explosion of HDR-esque images on every widely used photo site. Many people create and post HDR type images without any real rhyme or reason and without any idea how to create a real HDR image in a program like HDRsoft. You can read more about it including when you should and shouldn't use HDR on Life Hacker.
Weekly baby update photos
This individual took and posted most of these photos within a 24 hour period. No one wants a narration of an entire excursion via photos on an app like an Instagram. Pick a few. If you want to share more, spread them out over a longer period of time.
Hashtag dumps, particularly when they have nothing to do with the photos
Hashtag dumps are irritating enough in and of themselves, but they're especially irritating when they don't have anything to do with the photo. The above photo has tags for "food" and "colorful."
Throwback Thursday photos that aren't actually old
I actually cheated and found this via Twitter, but you get the idea. You see this on Instagram all the time, too. A Throwback Thursday photo should be at least six months old, not you know, six hours old.
Is anyone with me on any of these pet peeves? Do you have pet peeves to add to the list? Feel free to share them in the comments!