Tag: Instagram

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Indie WYSIWYG: How I Fixed My Instagram Problem by Alex Kearney (kongaloosh.com)

There’s a saying in the indieweb community: manual until it hurts. Don’t automate what you’re doing until it’s so painful that you’re compelled to automate. It’ll take time to maintain the code that’s replacing your manual–software rots.


This is a very subjective principle. What hurts one person is painless to someone else. The problem with this ideology for me: I’m lazy. If it’s not easy, it’s agony.

Same. Manual until it hurts meant that the the process, time and effort of posing content often took longer than the creation of the content.

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Instagram Retouch

Retouching Old Photos (Daniel Brinneman)

If you have followed me on Instagram for a long time, you’ll see new photos being posted with old dates. I’m taking the photo-editing techniques I’ve learned since 2015 and starting from scratch with the original RAW file(s) and referencing my old photo’s finished appearance, with some of them, to match that similar feel and maybe some receive a new finish. Scroll down my Instagram feed today to put some of them into memory so when you see the retouch appear, you can appreciate the quality that a computer program gives RAW photos over the quality that a smartphone editor will provide. The old photos are removed from my Instagram feed. There is almost no comparison between the two finished photos except that they are derived from the same file. I’ve collaged two images below using Affinity Photo (my Photoshop alternative) so you can see the difference. Both finished images took about the same amount of time to edit, thirty minutes or more with several layers, no filters. The old photo (top) edited with Snapseed and the retouch (bottom) edited with Luminar.

I may do the same.

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The familiar gets the most applause

Farewell Flickr, Farewell Instagram by Alexander S. Kunz (alex-kunz.com)

Or perhaps it’s too late? This mechanism of “the familiar gets the most applause” was most apparent to me on Flickr and Instagram, and witnessing it is demotivating for me. I know that’s a problem that only exists in my own head of course – but I had to remove myself from it because it’s not the kind of feedback I want to get from using a photo sharing site. I’m influenced by it, and it’s time to change what influences me.

I’m considering deleting my Instagram account. Again.

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