I came across jpgmag through Steve Wozniak, ah the joys of Twitter! (As an aside he has just posted that he has cancelled his AppleTV order!)

“JPG Magazine is for people who love imagemaking without attitude. It’s about the kind of photography you get when you love the moment more than the camera. It’s for photographers who have found themselves online, sharing their work, and would like to see that work in print.”

I am really liking the site. It isn’t what I want for posting the pictures I intend to take with my DSLR. For that I think I want something other than Flickr, but aren’t sure what. As ever, suggestions most welcome.

What I like specifically is the fact that it is for ‘normal’ pictures, the ones that you take when you are just out and about, with friends, messing about etc. I think it is a brilliant way to interact with the structured magazine and generating content online.

So far I have just been browsing, but I will be voting on some of the pictures very soon, and I fully intend to submit some of my own pictures at some stage in the near future.

I think the letter from the editors sums it up brilliantly:

“There are photographers, and then there are photographers, and then there’s us.

There are photographers who know their apertures from their f-stops, and which combinations of the two will result in a shallow depth of field. And, of course, they know why that’s a good idea, and even what all those words mean. These are photographers who use the word “glass” when they mean “lens” and spend thousands of dollars on equipment to prove it. And why not? These are the photographers who make a living capturing moments with cameras.

Then there are photographers who point and shoot on the default setting. They take snapshots on vacation and at family reunions. They develop their photos at the supermarket. These photographers might not even call themselves photographers. They’re everyday folks, shooting the things they want to remember.

Then there’s us. People who, for one reason or another, have a camera on us most of the time. We learn what we can about technique when it suits us, and skip the rest. We put up websites to share our photos with the world.

We’re the great in between: not quite amateur, not quite professional. Some do it for art, some as a kind of visual journal, some because they want to become a professional one day, and some just because we have to. It’s just what we do.”

6 thoughts on “

  1. Darren Rolfe

    What a brilliant find! I am not an amateur, but I would not call myself a professional photographer (A grade GCSE!). I spend a lot of my working day retouching images in photoshop for work. So how refreshing to find a site that celebrates the spontaneity of photography.

    I shoot quite a lot of digital photographs especially with a toddler growing up in the house. But once in a while you are in the right place at the right time and a little bit of magic happens.

    please feel free to check out one of my moments…

  2. wingnut

    Yep I tried as well. See one mention on myapplestuff and the word spreads like wildfire!

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