Instagram Doesn't Deserve to Be Named the Best 'App of the Year'

instagramIt's December. That means in addition to running up the tab on our credit card bills and eating more peppermint bark than one should consume in a lifetime, we're also being bombarded with all things "end of year." End of year lists; end of year rewards; end of year contests, etc. Apple, never one to be left out, got in on the game by announcing their "iPhone App of the Year": Instagram

Shocked? You shouldn't be. The photography app responsible for making every picture posted to Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr look like it was taken in 1976 has between 14 and 15 million users. And it's super easy to use, to boot. But the thing that I just don't get about the wild popularity of Instagram -- an app I, too, use -- is, with all the advances that have been made in photography, why does everybody want every photo they take to look like a grainy, blurry piece of crap?

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When I first became privvy to Instagram (and Hipstamatic), I admit, I was smitten. No matter how great and modern phones are, they'll never be able to take a really great photo. Instagram seemed like the perfect antidote. It turned a would-be blurry photo of a plate of sushi to a cool, withered, artsy-looking type of picture. With all the different settings and lenses, it possessed the ability to make any old boring picture seem somewhat interesting. (Note: A plate of sushi doesn't typically make for an interesting photo.)

But it's gotten out of control. All there is are Instagram photos now. And Instagram doesn't work for everything. You know that beautiful sunset you snapped? Yeah, well, it would have been just as beautiful if it were taken with a "normal" lens. And more original. Like I said, Instagram and Hipstamatic are cool for random, impromptu shots of stuff that isn't necessarily all that photogenic. But for things like vacations and birthday parties, use a regular camera, for chrissake. There are tons of amazing, reasonably-priced ones out there right now that take unbelievably clear photos. And that shouldn't come as a surprise to you. It's almost 2012, not 1977, remember?

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