After just a couple of minutes of this, something I had known quite well for years suddenly became clearer than ever: photographer's images are routinely modified by their clients, with the various filters and image manipulation tools Instagram offers, before they post them. I decided I was going to do what little I could do to speak out against it that afternoon because, by golly, I was all self righteous at that moment, and I was going to be heard. Well, at least on my Facebook anyway.
So I took action. What I did was, I created a simple side-by-side graphic, using my own image and a representative "Instagram'd" version of the same image (which I created in Photoshop), and then posted it to my Facebook page with [what I thought] was a firm yet reasonable plea to the Facebook world. It was a simple message, asking clients to stop modifying photographer's images without their consent and then posting them on the internet, thus misrepresenting said photographer's work to the public. I felt content with what I had, and modestly relieved to have spoken my mind.
This is the side-by-side image I posted:
Disclaimer: The above images are my own, copyright Nino Batista Photo, depicting my original final photo and my own depiction of what the typical Instagram-like modifications to an image can look like. The model in this photo, Aneta Kowal, did *NOT* modify my shots of her.