Nowadays it seems as though everyone has their opinion on whether mobile photography is good or evil and they aren’t afraid to tell us about it. As journalist and photographer, Richard Koci Hernandez, points out in the segment below for CNN, regardless of how we feel about it, mobile photography is here and is making it’s mark on the way we look at photography as a whole.
One particular aspect of mobile photography that draws a lot of debate is the use of filters, such as those popularized by apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic. Many scrutinze the apps, some call it cheating, and some people shoot exclusively with them.
Yes, mobile photography has become a thing of convenience and, yes, it does make virtually everyone a “photographer”, but what Hernandez brings to the table is a rather diplomatic approach to the argument:
“Does it matter what camera I shot it on? That it’s black and white? That it has an Instagram filter on it? Even if we flood the world with more images, even not so good ones, is it really doing society harm?”
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