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Brits Hate Most Of The Photos They Capture On Smartphones

As a nation, we're taking more photos than ever but we don't seem to like many of them.

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Brits Hate Most Of The Photos They Capture On Smartphones : Taking photo


The explosion of smartphone popularity means that the majority of us now have a camera in reach almost all of the time. What this means is that more photos than ever before are being shot but according to research, we're actually disliking the majority of what we capture. 

"With smartphones always by our side, it’s become easier than ever to take a photo and instantly share it with our friends and family. But in the era of social media, the quest for posting a perfect photo means many will take several shots before capturing one they are truly happy with," said Justin Costello, Head of Marketing for Huawei UK & Ireland who will be launching a new P20 smartphone today.

The research comes from popular phone brand Huawei and the results of their survey, where they asked questions to over 2000 people, suggest that 75% of the photos captured by Brits on smartphones get the thumbs down. On average, Brits save around 783 photos on their smartphones but the majority of the images we capture are disliked because the subject doesn't look good, the lighting is bad or shots are just, generally, blurry and/or out of focus. 'Not being able to get the right shot' is also on the list of reasons we don't like the photos we capture with our smartphones. 


Brits Hate Most Of The Photos They Capture On Smartphones : Taking photo


The research also revealed that Brits only end up using 34% of the shots they take at any one time, and once they have a shot they like, will spend, on average, 4 minutes and 30 seconds editing, cropping and adding filters before sharing it with the world on Facebook, Instagram and all of the other popular social networks. 

As for the 'selfie' phenomena, more than 1 in 10 women have admitted they have secretly gone into a friend or partner's phone to delete a picture of themselves that they did not like and the vain-streak isn't just found in women either with 68% of men (and 81% of women) saying they  immediately delete a picture if they feel they do not look their best in it. In fact, 49% of Brits have deleted a great picture of their family or friends, simply because they didn’t look good in it themselves and 20% of Brits have had a row with a partner or friend over whether or not a photo should be deleted permanently from social media!

Those who dislike selfies will be happy to hear that it's actually losing popularity (a little) with 22% of those surveyed saying selfies were the shots they take the most on their phones. When it comes to what we snap the most, 66% capture images of family while almost half (46%) prefer taking pictures of nature. 38% of those surveyed enjoy taking images with their friends.

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User_Removed 12 240 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2018 3:51PM
That is no surprise at all! Most 'snaps' are universally awful (or more accurately could be improved in many ways). That is what makes photographers using mobile phones for photography (the 'modern' Kodak Brownie) snappers as opposed to photographers. Hopefully though at least some will progress to develop 'the eye' and start producing better images.
That being said I have seen some excellent images produced from (expensive) smartphones. Let us not forget the average iPhone costs six times as much as a beginners digital camera. It is an expensive piece of high tech.
Brits are not raised to be 'super confident' but rather to bear criticism and to self criticise. Quite different to the ways other nations that bring up their children. It is noteworthy how many europeans are already convinced they are 'great' artists at a young age with no track record. Its all about believing you are something enough to convince others then you become that thing. Where as Brits are very away of that story about the Emperors new clothes ........

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