Has Instagram Ruined Landscape and Travel Photography as We Know It?

17 thoughts on Has Instagram Ruined Landscape and Travel Photography as We Know It?

  1. If you’re worried that an iPhone shot with over compensated filters would compete against your professional landscape shot, you were never worthy in the first place.

  2. As a hobbyist and someone who randomly gained a few thousand followers early on, I can say I’m very happy to have left Instagram behind to focus on my photography and what I like to take pictures of, without showing them to anybody most of the time. Just for the sake of the art. This guy in the video embodies and exemplifies every reason there is to dial it back and focus on WHY you love photography. It’s not about followers or the anxiety of posting content, but just being out there with your camera, and at home tinkering with the results. Again I’m not a pro and I don’t suffer the anxieties of using IG as a platform for my income. In fact, I don’t use it at all anymore.

  3. What he said about the national parks is sad, I spent almost a month photographing in the west in Sept. Everywhere I went, even places I thought were off the beat in path were crowded with the phone people aiming their phones mindlessly and running to the next area. It was like watching a cartoon tv show. Oh well, the phone heads prevail, would I use a phone for my work in landscape, NO. But I might use it for some outside the box fine art street work etc.

  4. This is like saying museums ruined paintings and sculpture. What has changed is the definition of a quality photo. What’s changed is the medium that the images are view on. What’s changed is BULK and SPEED and OUTRAGEOUS are the new metrics of quality. “Photography” used to be a thing of enthusiasts. A bit more elite than the casual snapshot taker. The gear was the envy of the amateur. Now even the crappiest cellphone can actually hold up to some of the nicest gear if used properly. The instagram gimics of “filters” and “effects” have trumped actual in-camera creativity. Where photoshop used to hold that reign its now just few taps to what the world now considers “amazing”. Our perceptions have changed not the photography.

  5. He missed the largest most glaring problem with IG, especially as it pertains to landscape photography…

    IG is a horrible medium for landscape photography, mobile photo viewing in general isn’t ideal, but it’s made worse when applied to landscape photography…which shines the larger you view it.

  6. It is not good or bad, just different. There was always bad photography and lots of people copying “classic” shots it is just easier to share those images.

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