7 Reasons Why your Smartphone is The Most Remarkable Camera.
Personal and Intuitive
As a photographer, I welcomed the opportunities a smartphone camera gave me. I can still remember the first time vividly. It was more than ten years ago so it was a crappy camera of course. The images were pixelated and blurry. For most of the time, I still photographed with my DSLR. But there was something different about the images I took with my phone. They were more intuitive, more personal, more intimate even.
Reason One: The Quality has Improved.
Over the years the quality of the file a smartphone can produce has improved in a great way. The number of pixels my, not even newest, iPhone has is about the same as my very first digital SLR. Imagine that!
More and more professional photographers take shooting with their smartphone seriously. I am one of them.
There is no reason for you not to do the same.
Reason Two: It is There……..Always!
You carry a camera around all day and every day! Without having to carry around heavy equipment all day. You have it with you all the time so you will never miss a photo opportunity again.
This feature alone is the most distinctive feature of a smartphone camera. Actually, almost every other reason why you should be shooting with your smartphone is based on the fact that you never leave home without it.
Reason Three: Practice makes Perfect
Because it is on you all the time you can practice a lot. You can shoot whenever you like and whatever you want. It gives you the opportunity to try things out, to experiment and to play. When you allow yourself to make mistakes you will have a steep learning curve. Learning through trial and error is always a good way to learn a new skill. Your smartphone camera can be the best companion for this.
Reason Four: Back to the Basics
A smartphone camera has certain characteristics that force you to go back to the basics. Because it has a few limitations. Although there are apps and tools to deal with some of the limitations you still need to learn to work around them. When you know the limitations you can come up with alternatives. Or take advantage of the limitation and make an asset out of it. This teaches you a lot about creativity and photography.
Reason Five: The ‘little’ Moments
With a smartphone, you are more inclined to photograph the ‘little’ moments. Although I don’t think they are small at all. The small moments tie together our lives. It may seem insignificant on the surface but it is the insignificance that produces the most personal and intimate photographs. A smartphone is the only camera I can think of that is there with you to capture those ‘little’ moments.
Reason Six: Most Remarkable Feature (once more)
Sure it has its limitations but what about the unique possibilities that make your smartphone the most remarkable camera? Yep, that is the fact that it is one of the few items you possess that go wherever you go. This opens up possibilities for your choice of subjects you do not have with a regular camera. It’s not just the ‘little’ moments of your life.
For instance, street photography is a great subject for a smartphone camera. Because it is the most noninvasive camera there is and a lot less conspicuous than a regular camera. Storytelling and collecting meaningful moments is another one. Or creating a visual diary of your life.
Because it is light and small and it is with you A L W A Y S it is the perfect camera for travel photography!
Reason Seven: Making a Connection
Using your smartphone for editing and sharing your images on social media has never been easier. Almost effortless compared to the same process done with a regular camera. No SD cards, no uploading, no editing on the computer…..and then uploading again on the phone to share. Now, with your smartphone, you can stay connected in much more ways than that one old-fashioned way.
After reading this hymn to the smartphone camera you might start to wonder if there is still room for a regular camera. Well, of course, there is. A smartphone camera does not replace a regular camera. Especially if that camera is a (digital) SLR or a mirrorless camera. It is simply a valuable addition to those more advanced cameras. And in recent years it has become a full-grown member of the large and happy camera family.
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