Many photographers get a little perturbed at iPhone applications like Instagram. With smartphone cameras capable of photos in the 8 megapixel range, it has never been easier to take quality shots. Instagram, for those who aren’t familiar, is an application where users can apply an assortment of predesigned filters to photos taken on your phone. Purists might have a slight problem with the ease and quality that you can achieve with this application. Now the barrier to entry in photography is much lower. Any Joe Schmo can whip out their iPhone, take a picture, and then apply a filter. After that it can be instantly uploaded to a twitter account.
Personally, I don’t have a problem with this at all. It will not take any thunder away from a professional photographer’s expensive DSLR body, 100 lbs of glass, flashes, and expensive photoshop licenses. Of course the quality and detail from Instagram is great, but it will never compare to a professionally taken and processed image. What I love is the creative outlet that Instagram offers to the photographer when it isn’t practical to lug around ten tons of camera equipment.
Today I had a great time with my father. We started off getting bagels and coffee at the best place in town. After that we went to the Canyons and skied all morning. Then we capped of the day fly fishing on the Middle Provo. What an awesome time it was. I didn’t take my DSLR with me, but used Instagram to take some fun shots.