If you were to type in #foodporn on Instagram 54,081,378 posts pop up. People love taking pictures of their food to especially share on social media networks such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I am guilty of being one of these people. Many of the images we see posted on these networks are usually taken with a smartphone without much thought or planning. The foods we eat often at restaurants are presented in a creative and artistic manner that it can be difficult to resist capturing an image before it disappears into our stomaches.
I remember a few years back I was in McDonald’s on a roadtrip and the two unnamed people I was with ordered lunch. As they set it down on the table all the colors of the packaging and the food itself looked like an image I could not resist taking. I posted it on Facebook after and I swear to you I have never had so many likes on an image or comments in all my years using it. It goes to show that food images create a strong impact among viewers and invokes one’s senses.Continue reading Foodtography: Part One→
Hello Kitty & Leica? Stella McCartney & Canon? Instagram & Polaroid? Collaborations between big name brands have been an innovative way to appeal to a broader market. Loyal consumers of one brand are also likely to own a product by the other, or they may at least be within the same target demographic. Therefore, as corporate synergy goes, advertisers can readily be enticed into this new market and the consumers will love the exclusivity of the particular item for sale.
Usually, the joint venture is done by producing limited quantities and therefore, making the item more desirable and exclusive. To the consumer that seeks these specialty items, obtaining one of the limited edition items released can become a must-have obsession.
Often times, one of the brands participating in the collaboration can be extremely popular in the mainstream market while the other brand is a little more underground or haute couture. By creating such an unconventional union, this is generally the formula for a perfect marriage and can sequentially appeal to a mass number of the population.
Here are some great camera collaborations:
10) Leica & Paul Smith
Paul Smith is a British fashion designer who has been in the clothing business for over 40 years. In late 2012, Leica approached Smith about joining together to design a camera that represents the Paul Smith brand. As a photography enthusiast Smith gladly accepted. The collaboration was for the limited edition X2 camera and releasing only 1500 cameras.
After being an avid Instagram user for several months and over saturating my account with numerous photos I decided it was time to try another photo sharing social network, Flickr. I was starting to become more serious about my photography and I was tired of seeing scantily clad females, photos of over-priced gourmet coffee from across the country, #ootd (outfit of the day), and shameless selfies to name a few. I thought that creating a Flickr account would help inspire me to grow as a photographer, which in turn it did.
At first glance, many of the images posted on Flickr are really well composed and edited as well as have a slightly more professional feel in comparison to those on Instagram. Some of the photographers I follow are present on both social media sharing sites. Other photographers still have a preference to only one specific photo site.
Here is a list of my top 10 favorite Flickr photographers:
I attribute most of my successes as a photographer to photo-sharing on Instagram. It was Instagram that inspired me to begin taking photos and share them with like-minded individuals while I was living in Paris. Instagram helped me grow as a photographer and inspired me to want to take better photos. When I look back to my earlier pictures I have to laugh at the images I posted and the ridiculous way I chose to edit them. Many are overly saturated, processed with multiple filter overlays and covered in highly unrealistic effects. I have often thought about going back and deleting my earlier photos due to embarrassment. However, I always opt not to, so I can look back to see how far I have come since my first Instagram post roughly two years ago.
It was through this growing process that just over a year ago, I purchased my first DSLR with the intention of learning how to correctly use it. Unlike other of my past cameras, where I shot solely in automatic.
It was through Instagram where I have met many fantastic photographers from Toronto. Some with similar interests and others that have inspired me to try and explore new genres. My fellow local Instagramers have taught me new photography skills and been supportive since we have become acquainted.
I have continued to use Instagram as a photo sharing outlet as well as expanded to other social networking sites. I owe my successes such as writing for iILP, showcasing my works at exhibitions, having my work published and selling my images to photography enthusiasts whom wish to hang my photos on their walls all to Instagram.
Here are my top 10 favorite Instagramers in no particular order:
I think that the reason my passion for photography developed so greatly and quickly was due to photo sharing on Instagram. I had recently switched from a Blackberry to an iPhone and was thrilled to finally download the Instagram app. I saw so many iPhone users post images on Instagram and share on Facebook.
I started primarily following Instagrammers from the Paris area that shot similar images like myself. When I knew I was moving back to Toronto I began following people from the Toronto area as well. One of my favourite photographers I came across was Patrick Colpron, commonly known on Instagram as CandidCameraMan. When I arrived back in Toronto I reached out to Patrick and asked if he wanted to shoot together sometime. I never thought he would respond nor agree to meet up. He gracefully accepted. From that point on we met on several occasions to shoot around the city, sometimes just a few of us and other times in rather large groups.
Patrick has always been very helpful and willing to share his tricks and techniques. For those of you who don’t know him, we thought it would be nice to introduce him to our iLHP readers.