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Instagram 3.0 update adds mapping feature

By dpreview staff on Aug 16, 2012 at 23:33 GMT

The latest version of Instagram is now available for both Apple and Android devices. Version 3.0 adds several optimization features that should make the popular photo sharing app easier and faster to use and allow users to report abusive comments and spam, but its new photo mapping display will be what fans notice first. 

In fact, the first time users open the app after updating, they’ll be guided through the new Photo Map feature and asked which previously geotagged images they’d like to add to their map. Users can then track their own and other users’ Photo Maps via their profile. Photo Maps may prove an interesting way to learn more about another photographer, but arguably, Photo Map still lacks some of the finesse of rival photo sharing app EyeEm, which enables you to browse images taken at a specific location from all users instead of just one.

 You can see a walk-through of the new feature on Instagram’s blog:

Comments

Total comments: 31
Francis Sawyer
By Francis Sawyer (Aug 28, 2012)

The mapping feature is lame. It only shows your pictures, and even then you have to go and retroactively tag them all.

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FilmFeelsDifferent
By FilmFeelsDifferent (Aug 20, 2012)

@kennethphotojournalist is my gallery. I am a Leica M8 shooter and photojournalist who shoots street photographs and posts images that tell stories.

http://web.stagram.com/n/kennethphotojournalist/

I like finding a worldwide audience for my street photographs. Though I agree there's a lot of mediocre photography here, too.

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Francis Sawyer
By Francis Sawyer (Aug 28, 2012)

What does this have to do with the mapping feature?

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What do I know
By What do I know (Aug 20, 2012)

What is the point of this? all the pictures taken with this look the same

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What do I know
By What do I know (Aug 20, 2012)

How much does a hipster weigh?

Instagram

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sir_bazz
By sir_bazz (Aug 20, 2012)

Stupid part is that it's not available for the phones with the best cameras,( ie. Nokia N8 and 808). You can only use this app with the crappiest of camera phones.

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Jonne Ollakka
By Jonne Ollakka (Aug 18, 2012)

I don't want Instagram anymore! It's available on Android and probably soon on WP.

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Goob13
By Goob13 (Aug 18, 2012)

The great thing about Instagram is that the people who are using it ARE OUT TAKING PICTURES. Whereas the 'photographers' HERE are relegated to pixel peeping at pictures of a Baileys bottle, crayons, Mickey Mouse and some old coins. Now, that is ART, right?

Sites like dpreview are a crutch for gear heads who can't leave their monitor long enough to actually take a picture, but sure can evaluate how sharp that Martini Rosso bottle and the queen of hearts card is. And if you think there are a lot of cats on Instagram, have you ever seen more cats than on this site? I think not.

Turn off your computer, grab a camera (any camera) and go take pictures.

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Francis Sawyer
By Francis Sawyer (Aug 28, 2012)

Tired refrain, filled with the usual dumb generalizations.

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D200_4me
By D200_4me (Aug 18, 2012)

Great. Now we'll know exactly where those millions of coffee cup/latte shots were taken.

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arammc
By arammc (Aug 17, 2012)

I use instagram. Its my mobile sharing aap of choice. @acomjean FWIW.
I've been shooting many year prior to using the app..

I really like it though. Its challenging to get an interesting image from a widsih angle fixed focus camera cropped square. I use the filters sometime but I always instagram with my cell phone camera (some don't, its allowed).

You can find out things going on locally and far away etc... based on who you follow.

3.0 is a nice upgrade. The ability to add to maps was well thought out (as you can pick and choose which photos you want to add). The map doesn't always load quickly for me, but for a *.0 release its good.

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Earthlight
By Earthlight (Aug 17, 2012)

Hipstagram, Instamatic, say what?

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Mat Miller
By Mat Miller (Aug 17, 2012)

I wrote 3 paragraphs explaining why I like Instagram and why you might give it a try or at least another try. Than I deleted it. Why? because I don't care as much as you don't care. But I think your missing the instagram's point. Your missing out on a vast network that is pretty amazing, easy to use, FREE, and has no ads!

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Third Eye Focused
By Third Eye Focused (Aug 17, 2012)

There is too much snobbery in this. On average the instagram and Iphone groups on Flicker have the same ratio of good to poor images as any "camera" group. A few terrific images, many average and poor ones. I note that "Leica" groups are particularly replete with dull and uninteresting stuff. It's a photographers eye that matters not the camera or medium.

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facedodge
By facedodge (Aug 17, 2012)

That is blatantly absurd. No self-respecting photographer is using instagram unless they are trying to prove your point because they are less irritated with "woo girls" snapping vintage looking shots than they are with the loathed pixel peepers.

Instagram is a crutch for poorly exposed uninteresting photos. Vintage filters tap into our nostalgia... it reminds us 1980/90's kids of our childhood Polaroids. That is why it is popular... by flooding the internet with these knock-offs, they will degrade the emotional connection we have to the photos of the past. They will ruin the effect for the sake of the fad and their ego.

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klopus
By klopus (Aug 17, 2012)

I totally agree with OP. There are more than few pros present on Instagram and if you take time to research there are many very interesting and crafty amateurs. And not everybody are using stock filters, there are many different looks. There's actually a whole movement for not using filters or even editing at all. And not everybody shoot with smartphone cameras.

Yes, like on any public photo site majority is a total cr*p with teenage obsessive self-portraits, kittens, food and such. But just follow good ones and you'll open an interesting world for yourself.

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (Aug 17, 2012)

facedodge, I like how you put it. It is an unhealthy (and dishonest) overindulgence in nostalgia and a cancer on the timeline of photography in my eyes.

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kdaphoto
By kdaphoto (Aug 18, 2012)

facedodge, I am a professional photographer, I use instagram, and I have plenty of self respect. I don't respect those who make blanket statements disparaging a large group of people. It shows that you really don't know what you are talking.

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facedodge
By facedodge (Aug 17, 2012)

Here's the deal... Instagram encourages and elevates lazy photography. It saturates the internet with mediocure shots of food with antique filters and poorly done gaussian blurs.

Photographers view Instagram the way musicians view Justin Beiber, the way TV stars view Kim Kardashian, the way doctors view chiropractors, the way classical artists view modern art. That is to say we respectfully commend their success, but also disapprove of the implied association. We take offense when a friend or loved one says, "you're a photographer, you gotta check out this person's facebook page. They are really good" - Only to see shots of fruit and chain link fences with high contrast and sepia monotones.

In my opinion, Instagram is a fad that will leave an everlasting residue in the market place. Sadly, one click instant over-processing is here to stay. Canon, Nikon, Sony et al will likely incorporate Instagram like features into their point and shoots and entry level dslrs.

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Lobalobo
By Lobalobo (Aug 18, 2012)

Although I agree in spirit, I'd put it differently. There is art in these filters but the artists are the software designers, not the person snapping the images.

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kdaphoto
By kdaphoto (Aug 18, 2012)

There you go again facedodge, running at the mouth. Why do you fear instagram so much? Fear is the only logical reason you turn into a snobby petty tyrant when you talk about it.

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kdaphoto
By kdaphoto (Aug 18, 2012)

Have you scene that Nat Geo, in their iPad version of the magazine, has a section of Nat Geo on Instagram? Photographers share photos while on assignment. They don't seem like the type who have no self respect and are looking for affirmation. No, the problem with you and instagram is you. Stop fearing it, it won't bite.

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EssexAsh
By EssexAsh (Aug 17, 2012)

i'd like to see Buffy and her thong

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facedodge
By facedodge (Aug 17, 2012)

Because you can't properly reply to the comment below, i just wasted my time watching the video hoping for Buffy and her thong.

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kodachromeguy
By kodachromeguy (Aug 17, 2012)

I guess I do not get it. What do people do with all these photographs? Do recipients really want to receive oddly-filtered and modified pictures of their friends all day long? Do they really want to see how JoeJoe ate a taco or Buffy bought a new thong? Do you have time or interest to go through someone's album?

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (Aug 17, 2012)

It is apparently a good time waster for those who seek constant affirmation from others, and who have a deep yearning to follow "movements" and to be a part of a crowd.

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RPJG
By RPJG (Aug 17, 2012)

I think a couple of people need to get over themselves, *and* get some friends. Are memories only valid and fun when taken with a medium-format camera and viewed on a B&W A1-sized print at your local art gallery?

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Goob13
By Goob13 (Aug 17, 2012)

Well, it is similar to the no-lifers here who only take pictures of lab shots so they can pixel peep at 800% and blabber about dynamic range. Think how they bore their family and friends yapping about barrel distortion, bokeh and their dreaded 'kit'. I think you would be amazed at the talented artists and photographers that are on Instagram. There is more to this world than dpreview.

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happypoppeye
By happypoppeye (Aug 17, 2012)

hooohooo ...i knew there would be some good ones on here...

kodachromeguy ...do you get Flickr? Pbase? Smugmug? 500px? ...any photo sharing site? ...same thing. ...only there are more people on instagram than. most probably, all the rest combined. ...thus, a wider range of images.

I don't see national geographic, or all their photographers on the site posting pics of JoeJoe or Buffy? ...not sure what you don't get. Why do you take photos? ...for the memories ...what do you do with alol your photos, just delete them?

I'll admit, I'm the first one to berate and downtalk anythingto do with cellphones and such, abd I HATE cellphones ...but you have to open your mind a bit ...instagram is a big photo storage site ...one billion dollars worth ...thats it. Some absolutely stunning shots, some mediocre ones and a lot of JoeJoe eating tacos ...so you have to look at the site as a whole and not pick out one particular sector.

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kdaphoto
By kdaphoto (Aug 18, 2012)

Do you get any social media?if you do you should understand instagram. If you don't, well, that would explain it.

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Francis Sawyer
By Francis Sawyer (Aug 28, 2012)

It's not about "understanding." And nobody is "confused", so don't bother trotting that lame canard out either.

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