I’ve had an iPhone for about six months and I started using Instagram a few weeks after purchase. Instagram is generally my go-to app for posting quick “on the go” photos1 . I’ve used my iPhone for scouting shots, but the iPhone hasn’t resulted in any direct photography revenue for me until recently. Last week, I sold a print of an Instagram photo.
I’m not the first to sell iPhone photos and I’m not the first to do it with an Instagram photo. Portland photographer Craig Mitchelldyer recently noted an iPhone photo used in an Oregon Business article. There are services (such as Prinstagr.am) designed specifically for prints of Instagram photos. My print sale came about after a friend saw the photo online and asked to purchase a print. The photo is shown here to the right.
As noted by a few folks, this reiterates the “it’s the photographer, not the camera” mantra that is understood by smart folks. Much like one doesn’t suggest that the work of a great chef is because of a particular stove, good photographs aren’t usually the result of particular piece of gear. I’ve sold photos from DSLRs, my point-and-shoot, and now my iPhone. I look forward to continuing to strive to make interesting images regardless of the capture medium.
Do you care where a photo originated?
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