|'Chinatown 2014' taken entirely with iPhone 5S
To start off, I'm very sorry for not updating my blog in such a long time. Many of you who have followed me for the past few years know that I've used this blog as my primary means to review cameras and share my photographic thoughts. I will still continue to do so on a redesigned website that will be cleaner and easier to navigate. I have also started posting most of my reviews on YouTube so check it out if you haven't already done so. Eventually my YouTube reviews will be released at the same time as my written reviews with images, but that won't be for a few months yet.
In this very quick article, I want to talk about Instagram as a serious platform for sharing images. I know Flick'r has long been the king for us photo nerds to share and consume images, but here's a few compelling reasons why I use Instagram as my professional portfolio for my photography:
The platform is easier to consume because of it's 'feed' and the fact it uses a smartphone platform
|'Impromptu Portraits' 2014. Taken with iPhone 5S
Many creatives are using it to share their visual arts, not just photographers
@Leilalikes is a graphic designer who has a passion for food photography
@streetamatic is a DC photographer who plays with shadows
@chiliphilly loves to knit hats that look like food
@phraction... what can I say about Ryan Tacay. Just check him out
@meghanmaconochie this creative uses pencil crayon shavings to make art. Insane!!
No, most of these creatives are not photographers, but who cares? They blow my mind and make me want to take better pictures and influences me in ways that many competent photographers can't. Instead of arguing over which camera or lens is better, Instagram promotes and celebrates creativity, and you can see it. It's palatable, and it's visually yummy!
Fast to take a picture, post process and post, all from within a smartphone
Level Playing Field
Most creative ideas come from random thoughts, random things happening around us, and at random times. By the time you run home and grab your camera, the idea is lost or watered down. With my smart phone and a few simple post processing apps, I can get that creative thought immediately and post it right away. I challenge everyone to use a single IG account to experiment, to pursue mini projects, or collaborate with other photographers using common hashtags or communal accounts. I'll write more articles on Instagram, as well as share ideas, how to's, what apps I use, etc. Until then, happy shooting!
|'My Camera Gear' 2014-2015 take with iPhone 5S