Instagram

Instagram

Instagram, if you’re unfamiliar, is an iPhone app that lets you take pictures, apply effects, and share. It’s a dead simple concept, but Instagram has the benefit of having its own social network baked right in, so it’s become extremely popular, despite the fact that version 2 of the app basically destroyed the coolness of the filters.

I like using Instagram, but I rarely do anymore… I got tired of people doing what I feel is cheating. “What are you talking about, you moron? How can you cheat at taking pictures?”, I hear you asking. Let me explain.

In Instagram you’re given the ability to import pictures, filter them or not, and share them. I don’t think that should be an option, honestly. To me, the point of the app is to take the pictures with your iPhone. That showcases your creativity both in composition as well as the filter you use serving the shot. If you can set up your $3,000 camera and take an absolutely stunning photograph, that’s awesome… but it doesn’t belong on Instagram. That’s not to discount the hundreds of beautiful photos that I’ve seen on Instagram that were taken exactly like that, but I don’t think it’s really following the spirit of the app. In my mind, anyway.

There’s something to be said for having a photographic eye. There’s also something to be said for being able to take a great picture with nothing but your iPhone. When I started messing around with Instagram, the photos that I liked weren’t breathtaking or anything, they were just cool. They were photos that someone took with their iPhone because that was what they had with them to capture a moment. There was a certain level of candidness to them, and I enjoy that. I like photos of life as it happens as much if not more than photos that are set up.

What do you think? Is Instagram an app that lets you share photos, or an app that lets you take them? If you use it, what do you find yourself doing with it most often?

Comforting Photograph for Tea Lovers

I was playing around with Instagram and Hipstamatic while waiting on my tea to steep the other night, and I came up with this shot. I think it’s very simple but very comforting at the same time. I’ve had so much Lady Grey that I can practically taste it just by looking at this picture!

An Empty Library

  by rtik13
, a photo by rtik13 on Flickr.

Hipstamatic Photograph

Manual Photography: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet

I’m an amateur photographer (read: I have a camera that I don’t quite know how to use, but I really like taking pictures with it) and seeing this simple yet massively informative “cheat sheet” made a lot of things make tons more sense to me.


Manual Photography Cheat Sheet

Manual Photography: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet | Bit Rebels.

Benches (Some of the Nicest People I Know)

Benches outside

 

There are some benches outside of where I work that don’t seem to serve any purpose. By and large, no one even knows they’re there. I’ve never seen anyone sitting on them, despite the fact they’re in a somewhat shady spot behind the building. I was roaming around this morning looking for interesting and/or unusual things to shoot (as I am wont to do from time to time) and decided that even though these benches aren’t particularly spectacular, I wanted to document them; patiently waiting for when anyone that happens to walk by might be tired and need to rest a moment. Something about that struck me as being very kind and generous of them. Taken with my iPhone using Hipstamatic.

The End of the World?

Another photograph that I’ve edited to give a gloomy, apocalyptic feel to. I took this with the default iPhone camera app, and then I used an app called PhotoForge2 to apply various filters to it. I like the way this one turned out. It reminds me of a cross between a classic sepia-toned photo… and the end of the world. 😉