Some people are arguing that this little app turns ordinary pictures into “works of art.” And that it cheats people into thinking you are a great photographer. Specifically, that it is a threat to photojournalism.
That’s like saying because you publish a blog, you are a great writer, and possibly a threat to trained journalists.
There’s some well-written, thoughtful blogs out there, and there’s also some really crappy ones.
It takes a lot more than just a filter and selective focusing to be a “photographer.” There’s composition, lighting, perspective, emotion, and a whole slew of other things I don’t even know about.
If you take a bad picture, but apply some cool filter that enhances the color, and then selectively use the focus blurring tool, you know what you have? Yup, it’s still a bad picture.
Great photographers take an ordinary situation and turn it into a wonderful image. Great photographers offer perspectives that others wouldn’t even dream about. Great photographer’s photos make you think. Great photographers tell a story in pictures.
Great photographers don’t need a filter.