Photographer Vs. Instagramer
Long gone are the days where Photographers were seen as masters of the camera. Today, the average Joe can pick up his phone and call himself a ‘photographer.’ I remember a time where booking a photographer for professional family photos was treasured and very different from mom and dad taking photos at your tenth birthday party.
Today, a ‘photographer’ can be anyone with the latest phone. This has led to an alarming number of people being convinced that photography is actually incredibly easy. You just click a button on your phone, throw on a filter and upload it to Instagram- right?
Social media has created a separate world in photography, where documenting everything is crucial to your day-to-day. If you didn’t take a hundred photos and upload them to Facebook, it didn’t happen!
As a professional photographer, who studied the art, I will always see the value and the beauty of photographs, both print and digital alike. However, I too am guilty of taking pictures with my phone and chronicling my daily life.
So is social media destroying the art of photography? Maybe, but there’s a place for both worlds to co-exist; both realms challenge the way we look at photos in a world where our minds are saturated with imagery on a daily basis. There will always be a difference in my mind between beauty-styled and professionally lit images and the Instagram post from last nights wild bar adventure.
A true professional photographer is a master of light and lens, an Instagram photographer – well - they sure know how to press a few buttons on their iPhone.