Reminder: Photo Apps Don't Make You a Photographer

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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 photography any more than playing Angry Birds makes you an ornithologist. [Endless Origami via PetaPixel]

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It is tough out there for those that make a profession as a photographer. My wife has been freelance for the last 10 years. She has always been into photography since she was a teenager and then went to school for it. The digital revolution of photography has been rough. 10 years ago, every single person did not have an instant camera in their pocket. Digital cameras were very expensive so most people used film and then you have to wait a few days to see the outcome. With this factor, more people/organizations would hire a photographer to be sure they capture the moment.

The skill of a trained photographer is that they can take a good photo regardless of the external conditions (lighting, movement of subject). The camera is a fairly complicated tool because it can compensate for all of those conditions and produce good images if you know how to work it.

Now photographers are watching the need for their skills evaporate. Better digital cameras and better software are taking the need for training out of it. Now you get instant feedback on how the photo turned out, and with automatic settings the camera is compensating for external conditions without the person pressing the button knowing what is happening. And since there is no cost of digital photos (other than wear on the camera), ten times the number of photos can be taken and through trial and error good images are created.

The ability to make a living as a professional photographer has nose-dived in the last 10 years. So I sympathize with this article. Ask yourself, what if the profession that you trained your life for just started to dry up before your eyes?