Tell Me a Story

by PJ Ortiz Luis

The online portfolio of Pacifico "PJ" Ortiz Luis, a storyteller utilizing different mediums of art including film photography, dance, and performance poetry.

Cameras Don't Shoot People, People Shoot People

I was hanging out with a group of strangers the other day, when the topic of instagram came up.  I hid the fact that I'm "instafamous"[not my description of myself], because I was curious about what they thought of the platform.  It turns out, to them...using non-phone cameras is a form of cheating, because the point is to post as life happens.  I can definitely see their point.  I personally try to post as close as I can with my film photos, and generally post right away when it comes to phone photos. [I don't believe in over-editing...which is another topic]

But that brings me to the point of the post....I don't think its cheating.  I know tons of extremely talented phone photographers, and even more people that own DSLRs that seem to mainly use it to photograph their food.  Below I have posted examples of bad and good photos I've taken throughout the years.  Not all my film photos are magnificient...the moral being anybody can use a camera....but it really takes somebody with a good eye to take a good photo, regardless of what they are using to take it with.  Mannn....I've even seen good photographers take good photos with reeally reeeally bad cameras...

top row:  "eh" film photos
middle row:  unedited iPhone 4S photos [yes, even the blue horse]
bottom row:  Hipstamatic photos on a 3GS or iPod Touch 4G [with less than 1mpx resolution!]