Well, it really depends on what kind of photography. Nowadays, we are invaded by selfies and heavy filtered images. This is the social effect of having a camera in a smartphone. But is this Photography? To me, no matter how creative you can be in taking a picture of yourself, you and friends, you and family, you and anything(!) it is not Photography in the way we should look at it.
Mobile photography is about what taking a picture has always been: capturing a moment, telling a story, willing to talk through an image (or video). Document what you see, not yourself. Taking a good picture has always been about composition, light, creativity. And having a camera in your pocket that lets you “create” during every single moment of your life should make no difference. We can, and we should, take good shots even if the tool is “just” our phone.
In the stock photography business we have seen many changes over the years. Twenty years ago, when photos were still film slides, only professional photographers had the chance of being part of this world. Cameras and film were expensive! Then, with digital cameras, new companies were born with the intention of giving to any good photo the chance of being published. We are still talking about reflex taken images, hence still not for a multitude of people but already open to amateurs.
Then we started using our smartphones to take pictures. That weird camera on the back of our phone began to tell stories! And nowadays, we often talk about camera-phones (not a phone with a camera anymore). And for a good reason. With a bit of practice and good advice, we can all take out the best from those little lenses. With great results. Personally, I use my smartphone to shoot anything: from dishes I cook, to places I visit and everything in between. And when I do this, I always try to get right picture. Not to be shared. To be sold!
Think about it next time you shoot: any (well, almost any) picture or video can be licensed for editorial or creative uses. And think about how many people could do this. From all around the world! And then think about a place where all of this content can be shown to potential clients who are looking for the perfect image for their article or advertising campaign.
Hasn’t this got a great potential of being a big chunk of the future of photography? I think yes.
And, at Picwant, our mission is to give anyone who takes good photos with a smartphone the chance of licensing them.