Due to photography we have captured some of the most significant, heart-breaking and beautiful moments in both the life of individuals and the world. The purpose of this blog is not to discuss why photography is important, it doesn’t require justification, but to discuss specifically the rise in popularity of mobile photography. Over the last couple of years photo shooting and editing apps such as Hipstamatic and Darkroom have been downloaded to millions of Smartphone’s the world over. Last March, Instagram alone had hit a total of 27 million users and the iPhone had over 10,000 photo and camera apps; even software developers seem to recognise the trend.
It is surprising that this hadn’t happened sooner, it’s as the commercial photographer Chase Jarvis said – often “the best camera is the one that is with you”, and most people carry their phones with them at all times. The phone has an on-the-go usability; they are integrated into our daily lives. It’s about archiving memories on the move, placing them in albums without all the fuss.
In fact recently I was forced to sell my used Nikon camera because I discovered that I was now taking so many photos with my iPhone that my camera had become obsolete. One of the main reasons that I had taken to using my phone was convenience, I could instantly update Twitter and Facebook with my shots and receive faster feedback. The time to being published was drastically reduced, I didn’t have to go home and download photos to my computer. It wasn’t just me who had been converted, even my father who is now in his 50s benefits from mobile photography; it has drawn him into networking, he is connected like never before.
Even those that are usually awful at photography have become invested in camera phones, this is due to the fact that mobile photography is also synonymous with simplicity – apps such as Instagram are very easy to use whatever your experience. Furthermore, filters and retro lens simulators can turn a bad photo into a good one with the swipe of a finger. One of the main criticisms of camera-phones is that the quality is often far inferior to those of stand-alone cameras, yet this is no longer an issue. As the penetration of camera phones has increased so has their resolution. The popularity of the camera phone is only accelerating, and this trend doesn’t look to be changing anytime soon.