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external “Post-Process: Why the Smartphone Camera Changed Photography Forever”

— James Bareham at The Verge

The paradigm shift in photography is that everyday realism is more important than technical quality. It’s the honesty with which people take pictures of each other using a phone that makes it so compelling; the way people photograph themselves (“selfies”), their work, their food, their pets, their holidays, their lives. It is this authentic reality that we can all relate to — and this is what the advertisers are only now beginning to understand. A great image is a great image despite being shot on an iPhone, not because of it. If a picture is crap, it’s still crap even if it was shot on a high-end digital camera.

 
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  • harumph

    Yes, but that’s hardly a paradigm shift. In fact, that’s always been the case. Nothing has changed, except for the fact that there are a lot more crap images to sift through in order to get to the great ones.

    I think there’s far too much commentary about how smartphones are changing photography, and not nearly enough (as in virtually none at all) about how nothing’s really changed at all.

  • ennuipoet

    Seriously? A commercial photographer can’t compose and expose properly? Dude, the problem wasn’t film, it was YOU! Also, the deluge of crap stemming from camera phones drowns out the good work being done with them because people are sharing horrible snapshots that used to lie in desk drawers, only now they are sepia filtered and call “arty”.

  • ACEkin

    The plethora,, the deluge of “selfies”, their food, etc. is akin to
    speaking without having much to say. Ability to record does not make
    “photography”, it never has, it never will. There is, on the other hand,
    the danger of being on a slippery slope with this line of thinking
    which focuses on lowering expectations rather than raising performance
    and understanding of photography.