Is photography dead?

Photography experienced something of a renaissance when smartphones came along. Far from being dead, apps such as Instagram rejuvenated the art form.

Some interesting facts include:

  • Facebook has 10,000 times more photos than the world’s largest library, the USA’s Library of Congress
  • photos make up 42% of posts on Tumblr
  • 741 million mobile phones worldwide have “some type of photo capability”

The infographic below by Overgram, an app that adds text to Instagram photos, details the evolution of photography from its birth in 1826 to modern-day usage on social networks… fascinating!

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Hipstamatic 262 is out now – and so is Silver Lake HipstaPak!

hipstamatic 262 Silver Lake HipstaPak

Start your downloads. After over a week of false starts and hitting refresh in HipstaMart a jillion times, Hipstamatic 262 is finally out now. Included in the update is the long-awaited new Silver Lake HipstaPak, available as an in-app purchase of $0.99. As expected, the Silver Lake HipstaPak includes the new Abbie Lens and Dixie Film.

hipstamatic 262 silver lake, dixie film, abbie lens

The 262 update is light on new features. The main one is the new HipstaPak. I’ve had a chance to shoot a little bit around the house this evening. The Silver lake HipstaPak is definitely one of the better paks. Along with the the excellent Tintype SnapPak, the Haus of Hipstamatic are on a roll.

According to the descriptions, The Abbie Lens is “inspired by the Wonderful Abigail Spencer, (the) lens adds beautiful light to any situation. The lens washes the image in very warm, yellow tones — almost like one of the “cross process” filters found in some analog photo apps but not as washed out. It’s much better than a sepia.

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Is it ethical to shoot reportage images with iPhone apps?

Bomb blast, Libya
© Benjamin Lowy – Reportage by Getty Images

Ben Lowy is an award-winning conflict photographer and photojournalist considered controversial by some because he captures his images with an iPhone.

Of his work, Ben says:

For years, I have worked with bulky digital cameras, always mindful of the technical manoeuvres from setting the shutter speed and aperture to editing and toning on a computer screen. In the last two years I have discovered that my iPhone has allowed me to capture scenes without feeling that I am once again on the job. To “point and shoot” has been a liberating experience. It has allowed me to rediscover the excitement of seeing imperfections and happy accidents rendered through the lens of my handheld device. I am able to create imagery, edit, and transmit all these images, creating a modern and efficient workflow for the most inefficient of pursuits – self expression.

Here are some more images that Ben shot while on assignment in Libya last year…

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Instant nostalgia – why we love the look and feel of lo-fi images

Adelphi Hotel, Melbourneimage ⓒ SWS

I absolutely love the look and feel of lo-fi images. And given the popularity of smartphone photography apps and the photo sharing program Instagram, it’s obvious I’m not alone…

There’s a plethora of both free and affordable smartphone photo apps out there, so if you’re keen to give them a go, you’ll have plenty to choose from!

In fact, I suspect I just might be addicted to downloading photography apps! They’re lots of fun and certainly help to bring out your creative side, with a wide choice of funky filters to transform your straight images into an almost countless range of potential new looks.

Some of the apps I enjoy using include Camera+, PhotoStudio, Hipstamatic, Lo-Mob, PhotoToaster, and Instagram.

The above image is one of my recent iPhone shots – below are some more images which incorporate a range of different app effects

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