Opinion: Instagram isn't essential for photographers… but it will be

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Since its launch in 2010, Instagram has become one of the most influential cultural forces around. Ushering in the age of the influencer, Instagram has the ability to propel any ordinary photographer from relative obscurity to a full time, well-paid career. Of course, while Instagram may have helped to pave the way, it's not the only social media site that offers this power. 

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.