Instagram is a very consumer friendly photo sharing site. Sign-up is quick, easy, and free. The site is designed to be as intuitive as possible for the consumer photographer. Just snap and upload to the site. The site also host a magnitude of sharing options, including facebook, twitter, tumblr, and more.
Instagram has this funny assumption that we all own smartphones, and won’t allow one to actually use the service unless they want to shell out for an up-to-date phone. Once you’ve caved in though it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Instagram’s userbase is so large, every image upload is like throwing a rusty needle in an ocean of other rusty needles. If for some reason you end up being the infected needle to spread your plague onto the world, then there are millions of people who will follow in your footsteps.
Instagram’s interface is so chaotic, you would to be a made man to want to use it for your main portfolio. The only way it could be useful is to upload to the site for free advertising. One needle I found on Instagram that didn’t give me a filtered disease was Joey Lawrence. Lawrence has a really strong sense of style with the way he uses very brightly exposed images with high contrast, giving off a very unique look to his work.
Overall I wouldn’t recommend Instagram unless you’re a young kid who wants to show off selfies to your friends.