12 October 201020
A New Generation of Photographers
As most of you will know, over the last week or so, the new Instagram photo app has exploded onto the web (well, the iPhone to be more precise). I don’t want to exaggerate, but I think it’s the best thing to happen to photography since the invention of the camera!
What does it do?
It’s such a simple idea. You take a picture, or select one from your library and then apply one of the eleven available filters on offer to your picture. They’re generally retro style filters that make your photos look like they were taken thirty years ago. You can use it in conjunction with other iPhone photo apps to create some fun and sometimes stunning results. Give your picture a title, location and post it to the social network of your choice – Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Tumblr or Foursquare.
It also has all the usual characteristics you would expect from any modern social app – you can follow, be followed, comment on pictures, like pictures and the community is already amazingly active. To top it off the the app looks and works beautifully.
What makes it so great?
I love the fact that this app brings photography to the people. You don’t need a giant SLR and loads of time to process your pictures. This app allows everyone enjoy photography. Instagram has rekindled my interest in taking pictures and for people new to photography it shows what can be achieved with a camera and some creative processing.
Instagram is an app that brings out the creativity in everyone, which can only be a good thing.
Is it cheating?
The short answer is no. Well, maybe a tiny bit. Only in that you don’t do the post processing yourself. However, you still have to choose an interesting subject, think about the lighting and compose it creatively. I’ve long been a believer that a good photograph is 99% the person behind the camera. The filters will seduce your eyes momentarily but it in the end it’s easy to see which are the really great pictures.
Instagram has caught the imagination of almost everyone I know, so if you haven’t already got it, get it! If you’re not already into photography, you soon will be. You can download Instagram for free from the app store now.
The photos in this post are my efforts (mikekus on Instagram). There are loads of great pictures to be seen on Instagram.