They say that the new culture of having a camera on your phone is the beginning of the end for professional photographers everywhere. That we should be so concerned because people no longer NEED you to take a picture, they can take it themselves. They say that with free photo-sharing apps like Instagram it allows people to be more creative with photography, and its killing the need to hire a creative photographer because nowadays anyone can be a creative photographer.
They say a lot of things.
But I think the easy access to cameras on our phones, and the awesome photo-sharing apps like Instagram may actually be beneficial to us photographers. People are falling in love with photography more today than ever before. And as people fall more and more in love with photography, they are more and more fascinated by us as professional photographers. I think it helps create value for us. Most of the time when you compare the work of a professional photographer to that of an amateur there is a huge difference, and if anything – the explosion of photography is helping to highlight that difference, adding value to those of us who understand a thing or two about photography. It’s not all about clicking a button, it is so much more than that, and I think people realise that now more than ever. I think that adds value.
But what do I know? ;)
Anyways … Scrolling through Instagram has become so nostalgic for me. Like a diary. My phone contract is up for renewal this month and I will finally get to kiss my iPhone 3 good-bye and hopefully say hello to a brand new lightning-fast iPhone 4s. What does that mean? More instagraming :). YAY!
What is YOUR relationship with Instagram like? Do you think it’s killing the industry?