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!]