A week ago, I made a major change on my Instagram feed. Until that day, I shot all of my previous 620 posts with some incarnation of the iPhone. From the 4 to 4s to 5 to 5s to my current iPhone 6s. I didn’t start shooting seriously until the 4s, when I realized the camera had become quite capable, moving to a 8MP sensor from the original’s 1.9MP. And despite all the improvements, I kept a firewall, of sorts, between my serious work on this blog and Instagram.
Instagram is where I practiced my iPhoneography. Yes, some iPhone photos have made it to this blog but sparingly. Instagram is where I safely keep only my iPhone photos, at least until last week. I have begun posting photos from my non-iPhone cameras.
This change is a realization or acknowledgment of two things. First, that the iPhone is no longer an experiment for me. That it’s a capable camera and shouldn’t be sectioned off into its own cubby. As a full-fledged photographic tool, it should be treated no differently from any other camera.
Second, Instagram is a major force and that I should use it more effectively. Instagram is the new Flickr, which was my original social network, long dormant. Instagram is the future and I should probably migrate my favorite works there, regardless of the camera used. I’ll still post iPhone photos, of course, freely mixing with my other works.
This blog is still my primary avenue of creativity. This format is more conducive to longer posts, more stories and larger photographs. Instagram will remain visual, with smallish images and limited text, targeted towards smartphones for an increasingly mobile world.
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