Let’s be honest: you think you’re an Instagram aficionado. You know the rule of thirds. You know how to use tilt-shift to perfectly accentuate that leaf. Your shots of coffee shops balance lights and darks perfectly. You can capture the magic of a beautiful sunset unlike any other (X-pro II, am I right?).
To get to the next level of your Instagramming career, you need to start getting your photos out there for the world to see. If the popular page won’t give you love, consider slapping a Creative Commons license on your pics.
The founder of i-am-cc explains:
Flickr has something like 200,000,000+ images licensed under Creative Commons, making them the biggest repository of Creative Commons work in the world. CC work from flickr is regularly used by Wikipedia, magazines, books, bloggers, everyone! It’s downright fantastic!
Instagram gets something like 5+ million new photos a day. If we could get just a small fraction of people to agree to CC license their photos we could make a huge impact on the free culture movement.
Right now I just provide a simple way to agree to license your existing photos + photos you’ll take for the next 3 months under a CC license. I kept the timeframe 3 months because I don’t want people to forget that they signed up for this — I want this to be a really legitimate repository of free images.
Now websites and magazines can pick up your pics. With i-am-cc, you can specify if you want your photos to be used for only noncommercial use cases, remixes, etc. You can also clarify that you have to be given proper attribution if your vacation pic of the beach is picked up by National Geographic (it probably won’t be).
Check out the i-am-cc site to get your Instagram up and running under the Creative Commons license of your choice. Let us know when you become famous.