We need a better appreciation for real photography. Many users of the popular two-year-old app think these features make photos better, but it’s quite the opposite from a photographic standpoint. Many Instagram users may think that their photos are comparable to professional photography. This theory threatens to dilute the public perception of good photography, and frankly just scares me.
The amateur photographer is bleeding to death, wounded by freshmen girls who think a filter makes them a “photog.” When our parents were our age, taking a photo was a process. They had to manually set their exposure and focus, and then get their photos developed, which would at least take an hour. Most of you don’t even know what I am talking about because today we have automatic cameras and iPhones that do everything for us. This is great and makes everything faster, but the automation of the photographic process can actually make photos worse because it takes away control from the hands of the user. Most Instagram users never realize that their phones’ automatic exposures are not always correct and manual adjustments are often needed. Not only does the automation of the process hurt the visual quality of photos, but it takes away from the user’s appreciation of the photos. Instagram users might not understand what’s gone into their finished products and therefore can’t appreciate their photos as much a photographer who has done the process manually.