Remember my post “I’m Not a Photographer“? No? That’s cool, I guess.. Well in that post I put up a few photos I had some fun taking one day a couple of years ago with the disclaimer that I’m in no way great at photography, nor will I ever be trying to sell you a photograph deal where I take pictures of you with my cheap little silver camera standing next to trees that I then edit with windows picture viewer. But, that said, I recently signed up for instagram because I decided that I just gosh darn don’t have enough online profiles.
And what do you know, I suddenly think that the photos I’m taking are pretty. Especially the one above which actually -thank you very much- was not taken with instagram! I took that rainbow shot a couple of months ago then just decided to run it through instagram because I didn’t know how else to crop it on my phone (there was a lot of my backyard’s lawn in the bottom half) and doesn’t it just look better with that filter? Giggle.
I still maintain that a talented photographer will be able to take perfect pictures without the need to edit them afterwards because they’re already so lovely. Still hasn’t stopped me asking my boyfriend which filter he thinks will look best with which photo. Still hasn’t stopped me from thinking that a photo of my cat licking itself is worthy of being posted on the internet. But then again, ha ha ha I already claimed I wasn’t a photographer! So smart! So sly!
I always thought that photos taken with a phone weren’t ‘real’ photos. I thought that to have that authenticity they had to be taken with a proper camera, but the quality of photos on my phone are a lot better than what my poor camera puffed out. The phone takes clearer, sharper, prettier pictures than my poor digital buddy.
What is your take on photos snapped with a phone, instagram app or not? Are they still just as good photos as others? Does great photography transcend the equipment used to capture the image or does the equipment dictate the shot, not the person?