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Ten cliche Instagram photos to avoid in 2013

Despite its friendly approach to photo-sharing, Instagram has brought out the true photographer in all of us -- and might have scared that photographer away with its updated terms of use. As if Twitter and Facebook weren't enough to keep us entertained between thumb-swiping refresh rates, Instagram gave us one more thing to focus on; ourselves. With cheesy retro filters and the ability to control the point of focus, Insagram users can transform into Ansel Adams overnight. But some people have used it for evil -- to update everyone on what they are eating, wearing, looking at, waking up to, or petting. Let's get it right next year. Here are the ten most cliche pictures to avoid in 2013 -- and the hashtags that go with them.

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Britt Chester is a writer and video producer living in Denver, Colorado. He's covered breaking news, music, arts and cannabis for Westword since 2010. His work has appeared in GQ Magazine, Village Voice, YES! Weekly, Inman News and the Winston-Salem Journal. He likes running, cycling, and interviewing people.
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