Everyone is a photographer.
Let me rephrase that.
Everyone can take pictures. Not all people are truly photographers, not in the unabridged definition of the word. A standard definition of “photographer” is as follows: “A person who takes photographs, especially one who practices photography professionally.” If you’re following the primary characterization of the word, then yes, everyone is in fact a photographer.
That being said, you know those terrible pictures where everything is blurry and it looks like the person (“photographer”) taking it may have been on a carousel while their subject was running in circles? Or those images of the wall to the left of what was meant to be a group shot? Right, that guy’s not a photographer.
We forget this in the digital age, when we have the technology available so that we may view our pictures directly after taking them. There is no filling up a roll of film, there is no waiting while they are being developed in a chemical bath in a darkened room. (Alright, some people still do this. Please refer to the definition of “photographer” above, in its entirety.) We now have the power to look upon our desired image moments after we push the button. If something is not right, then we get an immediate do-over.
Due to this method of instant gratification, it no longer seems to take true patience and talent to get really awesome pictures. (Excepting, of course, that friend of yours that still manages to cut someone out of the portrait.)
And then there’s Instagram allowing you to change the entire look and mood of the picture. It’s no wonder why people are putting them up with reckless abandon accompanied with clever captions.
Case, in point, #picoftheday. Now you can also view something that made someone’s day a little brighter. Or surreal. It really depends on what is in the picture.