Welcome to iPhotography

By Megan Lingle, Staff Writer

Looking through the lens is an art of time, but many are making it a daily exercise through apps like Instagram.

Photography has made many transformations over time, from the beginning destined to become an inventive process. Now with the development of apps like Instagram, photography has become more of a daily routine. From photographing the food on your plate to selfies, photography has taken a new, more modern, direction.

A photographer is “a person who takes photographs especially as a job,” according to Merriam-Webster.com.

The first person who used the term “photographie” was Antoine Hércules Romauld Florence in 1832.

Many changes have occurred in photography since its beginning. Starting with the camera obscura, Latin for ‘dark room,’ leading to the Daguerreotype, the first direct positive photographic process, and the Calotype, the first negative photographic process.

These photographic processes were the foundation to the camera we understand today. They led to digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras and the cameras found in the iPhone.

Instagram is one of these changes, creating a new idea of the photographer and photography.

Any one of the 200 million monthly active members of this phenomenon shows his or her life through series of snapshots.

Instagrams co-founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, built Instagram “to allow you to experience moments in your friends’ lives through pictures as they happen. We imagine a world more connected through photos.”

The idea of Instagram came from the co-founders’ love of taking photographs, according to instagram.com.
“We always assumed taking interesting photos required a big bulky camera and a couple years of art school. But as mobile phone cameras got better and better, we decided to challenge that assumption,” according to instagram.com.

On Oct. 6, 2010, Instagram was launched, reaching one million users by Dec. 12, 2010. Today Instagram has over 200 million monthly active users, averaging 60 million photos a day, according to instagram.com.

Instagram is creating a whole new realm of photography. Just as the term “photographie” was brought to life, the term “iPhotography” has come to life too.

In light of photography as an art, Instagram has brought questions of authenticity. Pure photographers are at odds. Similar to when photography was coming about, many artists had a hard time accepting photographers as artists. The same can be said for today’s Instagramers.

“I look at Instagram as another medium to use as a photographer,” said Peter Essick, a veteran photographer working for National Geographic, to Lucas Kavner of the Huffington Post.

When asked his opinion about whether photography has been compromised by Instagram, Essick said, “A better question would be, has Instagram helped photographers reach more people with their work?” according to the Huffington Post.

“I guess I don’t feel the need for a distinction between them [pure photography and Instagram photography]. They’re just two different ways of doing things,” said Instagram star Emily Reid, according to Kavner’s article from the Huffington Post.

Photographers and artists alike strive to be seen. As a visual medium, it is essential for people to see their work. Instagram is an easy way to do this, providing easy access to the world.

Instagram reaches more than 65 percent of people beyond the United States. There are 1.6 billion likes per day. People all over the globe experience one another’s lives, creating a worldwide community.

“Its [Instagram’s] highest principle is community. You can choose to use the service to celebrate the artistry of your photos, but that’s only one way to go,” said Huffington Post reporter, Kavner.

Photography is a concept based on each individual’s ideas. It is an art transforming lives, expressing cultures, and telling stories. Photography is not dependent or limited to a camera, software, program or app. The art of photography boils down to the person behind the lens.


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