We all dabble in Photography whether we are cognitively aware of it or not. The simple act of pulling out ones cellular device is akin to using a compact camera. It just enables us to more than our compact cameras could ever hope to do, like make a phone call for one. Besides the obvious differences, we all partake in Photography when we pull that phone out to post the hottest selfie or the next best food photo. Some of us just cannot afford to get on board the DSLR hype train when it comes to portraiture work or landscape shots.
The simple fact is that we have to work around the limitations that are present to us. For most of us will never reach out for that illusive DSLR or Mirrorless system, so we use our phones. Smartphones over the past three years have made enormous leaps and bounds over the competition that was the compact or point and shoot style of camera. Smartphones have begun to exceed expectations of picture takers, even while they demand so much more from our phones. Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are crowning achievements in smartphone photography. They honestly give me doubt on how much longer we will see a use for point and shoot style cameras.
Even if you aren’t doing anything professional, a smartphone camera can get your feet wet in the world of photography. The very first time I went to to cover it Naka-Kon, I took my first images on a Apple iPhone 6s+ and that was my hand camera of choice. I got such a good variety of photos and videos that I never felt the need for an actual DSLR or compact equivalent. Sure I did make the jump because you are able to work with distance so much better with a DSLR than a Smartphone. That was for a reason of my own choosing, that is not to say you cannot get away with using what you have. Take the iPhone 7+, 8+, X or the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as prime examples of phones that give you some extra zoom.
They won’t grab any more detail, but they allow you to work within the parameters of the space that you have. It is the difference between getting the angle and shot you want, versus not getting it at all. Phones have even added portrait support to give you that deliciously, wonderful bokeh effect on the background. Sure it’s not perfect but it is better than nothing. Don’t let the flashy DSLR’s or point and shoot styles make you feel any less of your ability to take a photo with your phone. The quality between the three options may just surprise you.
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