Instagram 101: Hashtag #Obligatory

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Hashtag #Obligatory

adjective: obligatory
required by a legal, moral, or other rule; compulsory.

If you are an Instagram addict like us, you’ve probably seen many pictures of the same places. You know the ones: the Flatiron Building in Manhattan, New York, hot air balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey, a #wingview shot from your airplane seat. We feel obligated to take these pictures and post them with their usual hashtags, but did you know that there is a specific hashtag for these types of photos? Introducing: #obligatory. Locations speak to our creative differences and we seek out the spaces to see if we might see it differently than someone else. Once we find the spot we might reconsider and realize that it’s just a beautiful #obligatory shot.
(above cover photo by @luxuryworldtraveler)


1. Flatiron Building in Manhattan, NYC


2. Often when traveling, Instagrammers are compelled to snap a shot of the airplane wing out the window. It lets your friends and family know you’re traveling- that you’re headed somewhere. And to keep an eye out for more awesome pictures of places far away.


3. Have you seen how many pictures there are of Multnomah Falls in Oregon? Is everyone really standing in the same exact spot to get that same exact picture?


4. There are so many different angles to choose from when checking out the Golden Gate Bridge. So many perspectives!


5. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) provides many inspiring ways to photograph beautiful urban lights.


6. And usually only the corner of the famous Bondi Baths in Australia is all you’re obligated to snap.


7. Getting that perfect reflection of Cloud Gate (a.k.a. the Bean in Millenium Park), in Chicago is a real challenge.


8. Visiting the art Inside the Louvre in Paris is a wonderful and memorable experience, but photography isn’t allowed inside the museum. Not to worry! The I.M. Pei Pyramid outside is as iconic as the lovely art inside. And frankly, so much of Paris is experienced outside that it makes sense to put this on your Instagram Bucket List.


Some of us are committed to Instagram. We devote a great deal of time to get interesting, thought-provoking, beautiful pictures out into the world. We owe it to our devoted followers to show them our shot, our perspective, our take on a place many are obliged to visit. And in a real way, it is our responsibility to put ourselves in those famous places to see if we can see it differently than others—we are bound to get that shot—we are obligated.

Simply put, it is #obligatory!


This blog post was written by Laurie Collins ​@dccitygirl. She hails from the Nation’s Capitol of Washington, DC. She enjoys showcasing her city’s beautiful and surroundings through her iPhone!



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