Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Central Western NSW, Australia
I support you all the way.
I have cousins that use Instagram all the time, HOWEVER, I know that they are also brilliant photographers (it seems to run in our family - I have 3 brilliantly artistic cousins, my sister is good behind a camera, and I'm not bad myself), so I don't mind as much.
But photography isn't about just taking a photo. It's about angle, focus, positioning... A professional photograph should be something that people enjoy looking at again and again. I personally think that a good photographer should be able to take an award-winning photo without and post-editting.
Instagram has its place, and it has potential for making the younger generations fall in love with photography. But it is NOT a professional tool. I spent over $1000 on my camera, I read tutorials, I've slaved over photoshop, I drool over new lenses and I don't like the majority of my photos. I don't mean to brag, but I'm a helluva lot closer to deserving the title of a professional photographer than anyone who posts edited selfies of themselves for the world to see.