I write this post out of opinion, but not out of hatred of anyone, or of experience (I live in blissful oblivion over here.).
I just want to open some peoples eyes in the nicest way possible.
If you’re a parent you will relate to the feeling of being unappreciated, transparent, or unheard.
Here’s some food for thought.
Imagine investing thousands of dollars, time away from your family and children, hours on the road, and countless hours behind a computer. Only for somebody to say with their actions or their words, “that is all irrelevant to me, because I have an Instagram account.”
What the hell are you talking about you crazy woman?
I am speaking the language of adding a Instagram filter to a photo that a photographer put time effort and invested knowledge into. It’s hard to analogize the feeling a photographer has when this is done, to anything else.
Imagine you just had your photos done with a photographer. A photographer who drove 30- 120 minutes to get to the shoot location, who spent 15 minutes in scoping out the area making sure the light was right and the ground wasn’t too moist, that there wasn’t a beehive that would attack you…A photographer who had to wrangle your children, had to pose your a goofy husband, had to make loud noises and funny faces at your dogs for them to look at the camera; lugging heavy equipment around. A photographer who drove home, who spent hours on the computer editing your photo session, who went the extra mile adding the final touch and uploading to a gallery site for you to view and share the images with friends and family. A photographer who spent the time and effort sending you the email and sharing the link with you as well as thanking you for your patronage.
Now imagine logging onto Facebook, or Instagram to see a preset filter applied to that work of art someone slaved over.
I added a filter to show you how far off it can look compared to the real deal.
This isn’t a representation of Oh! MG Photography and the style of my brand.
If I had gonads I would rather just ask you to kick me in them.
A few things that it says to me:
“I didn’t like your work.”
“This filter that took me two seconds to click looks better than your hours of invested time.”
“I’m better than you.”
“You should have done it like this.”
“I do not value your worth.”
Let’s make it clear: I’m not writing this out of anger, and I’m not writing this out of experience. I’m simply speaking for all the photographers out there who might seem to complain that their work simply goes unappreciated as well as ruined.
It is now the norm to add in a contract between photographer and client that you may not add Instagram filters or any other modifiers to an image to share on social media. Same goes in the occurrence if you choose to print.
This isn’t adding salt to a casserole.
This isn’t fixing your make-up after having it done.
The difference is, when we create that image it is our property. You simply have the printing rights to it if they are granted to you. However, it stands to reason that when you contact a photographer you are commissioning them to create family portraits or portraits of the like for you to share; sort of like fine art.
I truly feel like I’m beating a dead horse right now. I also feel like 16 people will see this.
But I don’t care, I’m sick of seeing people complain that their work has been modified.
There is a place and time for an Instagram filter, I truly believe so. When you see the ferris wheel at the fair and you think it’d go great with a “Ludwig” or “Juno” filter to accentuate the darks and colors popping.
Or maybe when you see some cute flowers on a walk with your dog.
But as a photographer, we are creating our own “filters” in our work per our vision in camera and post processing. If we thought we needed a dirty haze that severely altered the colors to our images we’d have already applied such a beast.
This comes down to respect. Respect the works that’s been done for you. Respect people’s job that you’ve commissioned for yourself , and truly go with a photographer that will create the vision you’re looking for.