Smartphone photography is becoming very popular, and on the face of it is easy to see why. Smartphones are small than a dslr camera (although they are not that small), they are quick allowing you to capture the moments as they happen, they are discreet and don’t attract any attention (take a look around everyone around is taking snaps on their smartphone) and there are loads of apps to edit the photos before distribution.
Despite this I don’t use my smartphone for photography, ever. If I want to take photos I use a camera, and I always make sure I have one with me.
1. iphone photo image quality is rubbish
I don’t care what anyone says, the image quality of smartphones is useless, and this is the case regardless of what smartphone you use. It doesn’t matter if you use an iphone, a Galaxy S or any other top end smartphone, the cameras’ image quality is utter trash.
When you take a photo using a smartphone it will often look really good when viewed on the smartphone, however once the photo is transferred to a computer the poor image quality soon becomes apparent. Photos taken with smartphones often have exposure problems, focusing problems, white balance problems, composition problems, colour problems….. the list goes on. Make the photo in to 6 x 4 print size and you will see just how poor (and pixelated) it is. The quality is awful and the prints are unusable, and that’s for the small prints. Trust me on this, it’s not worth even bothering printing of large photos taken with a smartphone.
2. There is no real control over iphone photos
The camera on a smartphone is a fully automatic point and shoot camera. Okay, there are one or two settings you can tweak but these have zero impact on the final photo. When I take photographs I want to control the aperture (and hence depth of field), I want to control the shutter speed (to freeze the action or introduce movement or to ensure sharp shots), I want control over the focal point and put it where I want, I want control over the composition (via the grid lines), I want to control the ISO, I want to control the white balance…… I just want total control over the exposure and the only way to do this is using my dslr camera.
The camera on a smartphone is merely a toy, and anyone who thinks it is a serious bit of photographic equipment is clearly deluding themselves.
3. No-one will take you seriously using an iphone for taking photos
When you take photos with a smartphone no-one will think you are a real “photographer”, and this is the worst thing if you are trying to make a name for yourself in the world of photography. If you approach a potential model, wave your smartphone in front of them and ask to take their photo (as a photographer) the model is most likely to tell you where to go, and probably think you are some kind of weirdo too. Do the same thing holding your dslr camera and you will at least be considered a real photographer, even if the model refuse permission to take their photo. At the end of the day the chances of potential models letting you take their portrait is greatly increased if you use a dslr camera.
I recently attended a local event where the photographers of a local publication were running around with smartphones taking photos of the event. These photographers posted their images on the publication’s website and I have to say the photos were terrible. They were out of focus, the colours were terrible, they weren’t zoomed in enough…… the photos were a total car crash. Looking through the photos I felt embarrassed for the publication (even though they decided to put the photos up) and was horrified at the results. Needless to say, the photos didn’t go down with the general public and after a barrage of comments all the photos were pulled with an “apology” from the publication’s editor. What an absolute disaster.
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