How journalists can take advantage of iPhone photography

Increasingly, photojournalists are turning to their iPhones and apps like Hipstamtic and Instagram to capture images.

Conflict photographer Ben Lowy used his iPhone and the Hipstamatic lens named after him to chronicle his recent trip to Libya. New York Times photographer Damon Winter, meanwhile, gained widespread attention earlier this year for an award-winning series of photos he captured using Hipstamatic.

During a live chat, we talked about iPhone photography with Keith Jenkins, who is NPR's supervising senior producer for multimedia, and photographer Richard Koci Hernandez, known for his Instagram photography. They talked about the benefits and drawbacks of iPhone photography, the role that apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram play in journalism, and the related ethical issues.

We had a lively discussion with a lot of audience participation. You can replay the chat here:

  • Mallary Jean Tenore

    As managing editor of The Poynter Institute’s website,, I report on the media news industry, edit the site’s How To section, and moderate the site's live chats. I also help handle the site's social media efforts, and teach social media sessions on the side.


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