This months Preston Social was titled “We are all photographers now” the main debate was about Instagram and if it is ruining photography. It was clear to see there was a lot more to discuss than just the question of apps.
The evaluation of photography apps was interesting in itself, with post-production editing being king of all digital photography at the moment. It was odd to see those opposed to instagram were still pro photoshop. It then boiled down the images being “forced” upon others through social networks.
The part that amazed me is the reversal of opinion when it came to discussing developing an interest in photography, using what ever equipment you have available is the best way to start.
The floor seems to neither be for or against instagram or other apps like it. Just more opposed to seeing every single meal that the user has consumed over the past 24 hours. To me it is the Polaroid for a generation that no longer gets pictures developed, instead choose to upload to social networks.
The discussion still goes on, personally I can’t see instagram doing serious damage. You have to have an eye for a photograph the same way you have an ear for music or a taste for good food. You cannot replicate talent.
If you’d like to hear the event for yourself check out the audio feed from here http://mixlr.com/3manfactory/showreel
That is all from me for now