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Colin Devroe

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Matt Haughey and I disagree about Instagram Stories

Matt Haughey, on this blog:

Instagram stories feel like work, like being forced to watch ads from my friends’ lives instead of casually browse stuff at my own pace. The feed: I can just scroll through quickly, and stop on interesting photos, but Stories slow down the whole process of popping into Instagram for just a moment.

Also? I understand it’s better to give people the right to forget their work, but when a true pro photographer does stories of their previous day with breathtaking shots, it makes me sad I can’t share those with others since they’re going poof in 24 hours.

Lastly, not being able to like or send some minor signal of support feels missing from Stories. I can only send them a DM, which feels invasive. I often want to send someone a congratulatory way to go! but sending them a direct message feels like too much contact.

I still like the main instagram, even though I can’t sort it by last uploaded and can’t pay to get all those ads removed, but I’m still tepid on Stories.

He and I disagree. We talked about it briefly on Mastodon. I understand his point of view. However, I really like Instagram Stories. I like making them. And I like watching them. For a good example of Stories take a look at my friend Dan Rubin.

An interview with Dan Rubin by Polaroid

My boy Dan Rubin on the Polaroid OneStep 2:

First of all, it’s insanely exciting to see a brand new instant camera with the Polaroid name on it. The OS2 is a brilliant point-and-shoot camera — great for capturing life as it happens, especially with the built-in flash. I’ve been shooting with mine for nearly two weeks now, and though I adore using an SX-70 and SLR680, there are definitely situations where the OS2 makes more sense for me.

Great interview of one of my favorite people that I rarely get to see since he’s such a globetrotter.

Dan Rubin’s iPhone 7 Plus ring light portraits

Friend Dan Rubin took the new iPhone 7 Plus out for a test-drive using a ring light. On whether or not the iPhone 7 Plus is the best smartphone to get for jumping into photography:

Is it the best place to start if you’re just trading up to a smartphone for photography? I don’t think so: the iPhone SE is perfect for that (as is the 5s, really, though it’s getting a bit slow to handle many newer apps).

Being firmly in the “iPhone SE is the best phone” camp I can agree with Dan.

Be sure to follow Dan on Instagram.