Ok, sure there are some guys like Damon Winter, David Guttenfelder, Teru Kuwayama and Balazs Gardi who have succesfully capitalized off of the novelty of iPhone filters like Hipstamatic and Instagram and produced some compelling works. But I still maintain that the use of iPhone filters, for anything other than fun/novelty shooting, have very little to do with real photography. It's not the use of an iPhone that I find "cheap" (I think they are brilliant) but the use of cookie cutter filters in place of creativity and light comprehension. I think Sam Biddle over at Gizmodo said it best with:
"Reminder: Photo Apps Don’t Make You a Photographer
I love fun fake photo filters just like everyone else. Instagram is my favorite way of seeing what my friends are in the midst of digesting. But let's never mistake "my dog looks like the 60s" for photography.
As Endless Origami points out, taking Hipstamtic pictures of plants doesn't make you a nature photographer any more than playing Angry Birds makes you an ornithologist."
via [EndlessOrigami] [YLovePhoto] [Gizmodo] [PetaPixel]
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