Any good photographer knows that s/he can’t control everything, and that part of making the leap from good photographer to great photographer is knowing when to improvise.
Nick Laham knows that lesson, as evidenced by the fact that even though he was using a DLSR camera to shoot the New York Yankees, it was a photo he took of Alex Rodriguez on his phone and processed with Instagram that landed him on the front page of Sunday’s New York Times. [Click to enlarge.]
I know there are people who consider camera phone photography a legitimate art form on its own. And I also know some people who are really good at it (I am not — my Instagram photos never look that good). Conversely, every time a story like this breaks, there are also people saying that we’re witnessing the demise of photography as we know it.
Who’s to say?
I’ve always thought that I need to be careful with camera phone images (and apps like Instagram). But at the same time, frankly, I want to get better at it.