A New Look at Mobile Photography

The days of lugging around a tripod, rolls of spare film, and a five pound camera are long gone. With the advent and widespread popularity of smartphones and tablets, anyone can claim to be a photographer. Now all you seemingly need is a device that we are already accustomed to taking everywhere—our cell phone. Apps like Instagram, ShakeItPhoto, Hipstamatic and Camera+ are storming the App Store in an effort to encourage mobile photo sharing and image editing on the go (it worked). Questions revolving around the future of sharing, both for brands and individuals, continue to be asked by pros and novices alike. There have been a myriad of responses to the new technology and it’s important to examine one of the biggest photography revolutions in recent times.

Earlier this year, Facebook acquired Instagram for the hefty price of $1 billion dollars. It was a move that created mixed emotions because the merge represented the birth of a new social-sharing entity. One of the first questions regarding the merge revolved around the future of advertising for big brands. Reporters David Armano and Andrea Teggart list five key takeaways for brands looking to expand in the social realm. Read Article

Now more than ever before, the question of authenticity is left open for debate when looking at a photograph. Kate Bevan argues that apps like Instagram with its retro filters are nullifying the art and importance of photography. With the easy ability to adjust an image just seconds after it’s taken, these apps are questioning the art of photography as a whole and the creative process (or lack thereof) behind each image. Read Article

No one can claim that cell phone photography hasn’t changed their relationship with photography. Wired interviews photographer Stephen Mayes who claims that mobile and digital photography have transformed photography “by moving it from a fixed image to a fluid one.” As much as people are suspicious of the art behind mobile photography, Mayes claims that this is a new way to share the stories in our lives. Read Article

“The future of photojournalism” is a phrase that has been frequently tossed around following the popularity of Instagram and iPhones. The app is not just another way to share a photo with a friend, but it’s also a way for the photographer to be an artist in their own right… right? Author Olivier Laurent speaks with some of the world’s most famous photojournalists in an effort to address the future of their field and form. Read Article

Whether it’s Justin Bieber sitting on an airplane or Zooey Deschanel’s new nail polish color, celebrities are far and away the most-followed users on Instagram. Once again, this proves that people continue to be enthralled with all things famous. Instagram and Twitter have opened an interesting door to the general public as celebrities have not only found a new way to brand themselves and their careers, but they have also created a new way to interact with their very attentive audience. Read Article

Whether you’re a celebrity or a brand, a startup or an individual, it’s safe to say that you’ve been affected in some way by the cell phone photography phenomenon. The predominance of the digital snapshot is only growing, and critics and photographers from all walks have taken to the Internet to proclaim their position. Either way you look at it, the industry is indeed changing, and mobile photography isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

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