There is undoubtedly a buzz about the camera phone app Instagram. It seems to be everywhere you look. A common photo can now be turned into a work of art with the tap of a finger. What brought the importance of this to my attention was when a student in my Degree Project class decided he was going to do his final project on how camera phones and amateur photography is affecting professional photography. I was surprised to see the conflict between the photographers that thought this was good for photography and the ones that thought it was bad. I was intrigued. I too had seen these photos all over Facebook. I didn't know what Instagram was. So, I went home and downloaded the app. I happen to be one of those photographers that refuse to use my camera phone for any reason. I figure it's there for my children to use. I'm not oblivious to the fact that it's hard to go a day without seeing someone holding up their phone taking a photo. I always think to myself, if I weren’t a photographer I would probably be doing the same thing. Why not take advantage of having a point and shoot camera at your fingertips? Since I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II, which I swear by, I choose not to use my phone. I'm also an image editor. I speak fluent Photoshop, and I'm faithful to the software. So after downloading this app, with the little time I had to play with it, I was surprised to find that I was stumped. At first I couldn't figure out how to take a photo. I also couldn't figure out how to grab a photo from my phones photo library to play with the effects. I was trying too hard. I will post the first photo I took yesterday with my Instagram app and I will continue to post photos as I take them. I will give my opinion on Instagram, and camera phone photography. I'll be sure to post some photos taken with my Canon once in a while also. I would love to hear others opinions on this topic as well, but keep it clean. I'll keep you posted.