If you’ve been on Instagram for more than 2 days, you know that stealing other people’s photos is an extreme “DON’T.”
Take your chances, and soon users will be reporting you and leaving you nasty comments.
But what do you do if you want to share one of your favorite photographers with your followers? Or maybe one of your posts got featured somewhere and you want to share that post….What’s the best way to share an Instagram?
There are 3 methods –
- using a direct post app
- modifying a pic to add username and then manually posting it
- or taking a screen shot and then manually posting it
Take a Screen Shot and Manually Post It
To do this, if you have an iPhone hold the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons at the same time. You will hear the photo sound, then go to your Photos and you will find it there.
After you take a screenshot, you will need to crop the photo to square like for other Instagrams.
Be sure to tag the original photographer in the picture, and at the very least mention them in a comment so they know you re-grammed. That way, they can either thank you for sharing or politely ask you to remove the image.
Modify Pic and Manually Repost
Services such as Statigram have a button at the bottom right of images. The service takes the original image and add the poster’s user name and adds arrows in the upper left corner.
Once Statigram adds those items, the revised image is emailed to you to manually post on Instagram.
Direct Repost App
There are mobile device apps such as InstaRepost that, like Statigram, add the user name to the photo, but the apps then allow you to open Instagram or repost directly. You save some steps by not having to email it/save to your photo roll, etc.
Best Re-Posting Practices
Whichever of these methods you use to report images, be sure to always-always-always give the creator proper credit.
Be sure to either mention them in a comment, tag them, or both, so they are aware of the repost.
This action lets them know you used their image and allows them to either thank you or politely ask you to remove the image from you feed.