Plates is the new photo-sharing app offering an alternative to Instagram

It’s no secret that Instagram recently went bankrupt, but Plates could be the next big thing. Recent updates and the way the Insta algorithm favors reels over the rest have forced photographers to find alternative platforms to share their photos where their own hard work and creativity won’t be overshadowed by an influencer with a Pretty Little Thing brand.

Plates, like Instagram, work in a grid system, only you can organize your photos into different albums – or should we say plates. These albums are displayed on your profile grid and you can choose whether you want them to be public or private or protected.

You can add as many photos as you want to each plate – although you can only add 10 at a time. Users can choose to subscribe to specific interest plaques and can also follow curators, but you don’t have to. If you just like a particular album on a creator’s page, you can choose to only see the content when it’s added to that plate rather than everything they post.

I only use plates (opens in a new tab) for a few hours but I already like its organization and the ease with which it is possible to discover other creative people. It’s not the prettiest app if I’m being honest and it feels a bit clunky, but that’s something that could easily change.

With Instagram still etched in my mind and in my life, it’s hard not to compare all the other photo apps that exist or will exist. Despite how much I don’t like making reels or how much Instagram prefers them over photo content, Insta’s design has the upper hand. It’s great to be able to organize photos into albums, but it does make your homepage a little messy.

One feature I really like is that you can see which plates other people have joined. So if, for example, you find a really inspiring creative whose work you love, you can see if they’ve subscribed to any plates that might also interest and inspire you.

It’s still early days for Plates, but I’ve seen a lot of photographers jump ship and go, especially if Instagram continues to prioritize video content over photos. Not all photographers want to spend hours shooting reels just to get noticed, but with Plates, none of that. I’m not deleting my Instagram account yet, but I will be using both platforms.

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Jack C. Nugent