You’re a photographer. You go out on the field, snap a few pictures, and edit them quickly. Then you start posting them to Instagram and start comparing yourselves to other photographers. You get excited about all the likes you begin to get on your pictures. Let’s face it. We all do this. I’m guilty of this myself. I post a picture to Instagram and start reloading my feed to see how many likes my picture is getting. In reality if you just take picture just to post them on Instagram to see how many likes you’ll get, you as a photographer will never improve your shots. Of course, social media is a great way to get your name out there & it’s a great place to be inspired, but think back as to why you started taking pictures. For me at the beginning it was an excuse to get outside and explore new places. I’ll admit when I started gaining followers sometimes I would just go to take pictures for Instagram. Over the few years though I’ve learned that my most creative shots were when I thought of a picture or idea myself, then went online and did some research on how others got the shot. The worst pictures I have taken were when I went on a adventure to take pictures just to post them on my feed. Bottom line, if you evolve your work around Instagram instead of your own creative way you will never improve your shots. Stop taking pictures just to post them on Instagram. Start taking pictures because you are the creative person you were designed to be!