Chase Jarvis’ book “The Best Camera Is the One That’s With You” showcases photos that he took using only his iPhone. More importantly, the book proves that it doesn’t matter what kind of camera you use, as long as you capture the images you want the way you want to, you’ll be able to create a good photograph.
Jarvis’ insight, however, is not something that a lot of photographers share. Traditional photographers, most especially, are not so keen about the idea of using camera phones for taking photos. Majority of them feel that camera phones undermine the creativity of a photographer. Many say that it takes away the real essence of taking photographs as all you need to do is press a button and you get the image you want. Some even call camera phones a form of disruptive technology. This is also how many photographers view the photo-sharing app Instagram.
Since its introduction in 2010, Instagram has turned into a huge success. People like its easy-to-use features and the fact that they can take photos and then make them more attractive with the help of filters.
No matter what photographers are saying about Instagram, it cannot be denied that the photo-sharing app has contributed quite a lot to the evolution of photography.
Social Media Integration
With the popularity of Instagram, it is now possible to share photos in the easiest way possible. You can immediately share your Instagram pictures on Facebook and Twitter.
This feature will give your photos a wider reach as Facebook friends and Twitter followers can also share the photos to their contacts. In just a matter of minutes, hundreds (even thousands) of people can see your images.
A More Convenient Way of Editing Photos
With its retro-inspired filters that are easy to manage, you can easily edit your photos. You don’t need to use another app as the filters are within Instagram itself. This may not sit well with traditional or professional photographers, but Instagram users like the fact that with just a single press of a button, they can turn their colored photos into black and white ones, and vice versa. With these instant filters, you can immediately create the image you want people to see.
Some professional photographers do not like using filters because they believe this hinder one’s creativity. Several photographers even say that with filters, Instagram somewhat glorifies bad shots. These comments do not bother Instagram users, though, as they find filtering photos fun and useful.
A Handy Alternative
Traditional cameras and DSLRs are quite heavy. Camera phones, which are the main means of taking photos for Instagram, are more lightweight and easy-to-carry. There are no long lenses and dials that you need to carry. In fact, a number of photojournalists even find their iPhones a better option than their SLRs, especially when unexpected events crop up. Since they’re small and can be kept inside the pocket, iPhones and other camera phones can be discreetly carried around.
With Instagram, photography has become simpler. In one platform, you can shoot photos, edit and then share them in a matter of minutes. People now have an alternative to expensive cameras and photography paraphernalia.
In conclusion, it is safe to say that Instagram should be seen as an effective means of sharing relevant photos to as many people as possible. Professional photographers can choose to embrace it or not, but the fact remains that Instagram has and will continue to revolutionize the world of photography.