Let's jam on Instagram ...


I’m on Instagram. I am very active on Instagram. I post pictures on Instagram at least once a day. And on many days, I post more than one photo.

I can’t tell you exactly how I got hooked on Instagram, but I am. I just realized, not long ago, that I’ve been posting a bunch of photos. Not dumping just any picture or anything like that, but highly curated photographic images from the so many that I’m always taking with different cameras, and posting them for you and for all to see.

What kind of pictures will you see on my Instagram?

Well, there’s many different types.

You’ll see: pictures of amazing places from my frequent travels (consider it my “wish-you-were-here” postcards), pictures of savory food that I enjoy (occasionally, food that I cooked myself at home), pictures of awesome products that I love to collect and use and want to share with you (such as fountain pens, headphones, Apple stuff and Apple-y things, among others), pictures that are intended as fine art photographic images in black-and-white and full color (something that you might want to hang on your home and office walls), and then there are also pictures of some of my commercial and advertising work (many of which are outtakes from studio and on-location photo shoots that I’ve done).

I enjoy sharing pictures on Instagram. And I would like it very much if you take a look at them.

Also, I would like it if you can tell your friends to take a look as well.

On this website (which you can bookmark), you will instantly see a spread of the latest 20 images culled directly from my Instagram feed - https://dominiquejames.net/instagram.

From your web browser, you can also see the latest images directly - https://www.instagram.com/dominiquejames/.

And, if you’re on Instagram, we can definitely hook up with each other and check out each other’s photos. I've made so many fascinating connections with so many awesome people from all over the world.

On the Instagram app, look me up and add me — @dominiquejames.

It’s going to be fun and surprising, and amazing.

I promise.

You can now read this daily photography blog from your favorite RSS reader ...


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Get a life, version 2.0 ...


When people complain to me about the emptiness and confusion in their lives, I feel sad because I know that only they can ultimately help themselves. But there’s a principle in fiction writing—in plotting and characterization—that might offer a solution to the perplexed. When my writing students tell me that they no longer know what their characters should do to solve their overwhelming problems, I tell them to take their characters out—literally and figuratively. Get them off their butts, make them walk, make them ride the MRT, put them on a Ferris wheel, bring them to the Navotas fish market at four in the morning. Too many stories try to resolve themselves in small cafes and bedrooms, behind shut doors and windows.

Some of the best things happen when we step outside of our own lives and begin to be engaged in those of others. Often, the answers to our own problems lie in others, and in their larger predicaments. While involvement in a great cause can also create its own kind of blindness to everything else, I believe that, at least once in our lives, we should embrace a passion larger than ourselves; even the disillusionment that often follows can be very instructive, and will bring us one step closer to wisdom.

Read more, here.

How to post photos to Instagram from a desktop browser ...


Heads up: you can now upload photos to Instagram from a desktop browser… using a special, unofficial trick. In this step-by-step tutorial, I’ll show you how it’s done.

Since Instagram was first released, it has only allowed users to create new posts using the official Instagram app. There are some options for posting images using third-party apps, but none are officially supported. Using them runs the risk of being shadow banned, which stops your posts from showing up in hashtag or location searches for around a week.

Shadow bans seem to be becoming more common as Instagram cracks down on the unauthorized use of their API. The biggest recent example of this crackdown is the closure of Instagress, which was a botting service that automatically followed users and liked posts.

These restrictions mean that to be safe, you have to use Instagram’s app to make posts. In the Apple ecosystem at least, the app is made only for mobile – there is no iPad equivalent. You can still run the iPhone version of the app on an iPad, but it stretches to fit the screen and looks pretty nasty. Apparently there are also still humans using the Blackberry, and there is no official app for them either.

The good news is that it appears Instagram has finally made it possible to post images from their website. This opens up posting content for any user with a mobile device. By default this feature is available on any phone or tablet Web browser, but not on your desktop.

But there’s a simple way to circumvent this restriction: by using a method called User Agent spoofing. The User Agent is a text string sent along with every request made by a web browser, and it includes details about your browser version and operating system. By spoofing the User Agent, you can tell websites that you are using a mobile device even when you’re not.

Keep in mind that it’s unclear whether Instagram might shadow ban users for using this method. Shadow bans appear to be reserved for users who are using third-party apps or services to post to Instagram, and this method uses the official website. So far I personally have had no issues, but it’s worth noting that there might be some risk.

With that in mind, here is how you can spoof your user agent and upload to Instagram from your desktop browser!

Read more, here.

The Olympus TG-5 is the best rugged compact camera you can buy right now ...


Washington State's Pacific coastal beaches are quite the contrast to what you usually find around Puget Sound near Seattle. The pebbles, barnacled rocks and copious sickly sea foam give way to pillow-soft sand, waves you can surf and mountainous, craggy rock formations that make for an otherworldly visual experience. As a local, I'll admit that I love both varieties. But despite how picturesque a trip to the beach can be, I absolutely hate going with a camera in tow. Sand can kill.

Even brief exposure to sand and salt water can make for a deadly combination for just about any electronic device, so in planning for a three-day, two-night camping trip to Washington's Second Beach in La Push, I had basically written off any possibility that I'd bring a camera along. Then, I remembered we had the Olympus Tough TG-5.

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Photography competitions, are they even worth it?


In front of me I had my future, for I was entering a photography competition that I believed would make me famous and rich beyond my wildest dreams.

To this day, I can’t remember if I won any prize in that specific competition, but I remember that was the genesis of the idea that photo competitions were how you become successful in this career.

Read more, here.