In all honesty, I didn't know there was a "World Photography Day" until I got this cartoon from my good buddy, Nick Vedros. I actually googled it and found the following:
"Photography Day is all about celebrating photography. Today is the day to embrace your love of photography, whether you see yourself as an Amateur, Hobbyist or Professional, it’s the day to show off what you can do. Photography has the ability to tell stories and inspire people and with the dawn of digital photography we can share memories across the world in seconds with the use of online galleries. Photography has changed the way we see the world and gives you the ability to share your perception on the world around you, so why not share it!"
We all own real cameras, but this message got me thinking about the shot of mine from Washington D.C. last fall at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I just cracked up over the number of phones and iPads. They were everywhere.
However, the trend is more good news than bad. More people are taking and sharing pictures than at any time in history. The Internet has changed everything in how we communicate and it's helped make the world a smaller place. And, cell phone technology keeps changing, I've seen a lot of great images from some of you, all shot on cell phones. The reality is that it still takes an artist to create and that's where each of you come in with your strength in image capture.
I do have a lot of fun with my phone. I pulled a few of my favorites for today's post. With the two bottom images, my phone was the only "camera" I had with me.
So, regardless of what your opinion is on the cartoon, I'm wishing everybody a belated Happy Photography Day! It was actually August 19. I'm not sure anybody has a "sorry I missed your big day" card designed yet, but my good wishes couldn't be more sincere.
There is no industry I could be more proud to be a part of, regardless of what gear you're shooting with!
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