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'Photography has been destroyed by mobile phones'


4 Nov 2018 6:46PM
In my opinion the big change resulting from cameras in phones is that almost everyone now has a means to take a picture at almost any time, and they do and then they publish them via forums and Instagram etc. Formerly this was not the case, only (mainly) people interested in photography carried a camera. The result is a huge explosion in the volume of pictures. Result : the good photos are harder to find because they are buried in the huge volume of mediocre pictures that we are bombarded with. Appreciating good photography now takes more time and effort because you are obliged to thumb through thousands of pictures before finding a good one. Formerly it was only hundreds.
It's not that there are fewer good photos, just that they take more finding.
Incidentally, we should not forget that even total non-photographers equipped with a cheap smart phone sometimes take a good photo by accident.

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SlowSong Plus
10 7.8k 30 England
4 Nov 2018 7:00PM
EPZ is the only place I post photos. That is not a problem for me as I have no family and no-one to pass anything on to. Obviously I am in a minority. But my pics will live on in the ether world and if nobody ever looks at them again it's no great pain. I was here, I posted, things move on. Whether my pics are good or bad is immaterial. They are a record of my time.
dcash29 13 2.3k England
5 Nov 2018 5:55PM
'Photography has been destroyed by mobile phones'

Not really...I was asked yesterday if I'd email my picture to a friend as their Samsung Galaxy 8 image was pixelated.

Jestertheclown 10 7.9k 252 England
11 Nov 2018 8:39PM
Each year on the appropriate Sunday, there's held a parade through the town centre to celebrate, if that's the right word, "Rembrance Sunday" and the school at which I work always takes part; some of our students laying a wreath at the local war memorial.
Ordinarily, I photograph the parade and meet up with my colleagues and the students after the wreath laying.
Today, however, I took part in the parade itself.
The streets were lined with people, more this year than usual, presumably because of the significance of the centenary of the end of WW1 and unsurprisingly, loads of them were photographing and/or videoing it.
Of the dozens of people taking these shots, I counted only five who were using "proper" cameras". And of those one was a photographer with whom I'm on speaking terms, from our local paper and the other works for the council and attends all the local functions, armed with a couple of big Nikons.
Everyone else was using their mobile phones.
Dave_Canon 12 1.4k United Kingdom
11 Nov 2018 10:17PM
I am not sure I have understood what the issue is here. When I started photography as a serious hobby and bought an SLR, very few members of the public owned serious cameras and knew how to use them. This should not be a surprise as, like any specialised hobby, it only appeals to a minority and can be an expensive hobby. Even in those days there were a few Kodak camera around and most families would have access to one for family snaps. Clearly now most people seem to carry mobile phones or tablets and may take snaps of their events etc. Few of them want to be serious photographers so what has changed other than the masses can now almost all take their own snaps. From what I see the percentage of the population who follow photography as a serious hobby is much the same. Does it matter if we are joined by many who get some pleasure from taking a few snaps.


Dave
Jestertheclown 10 7.9k 252 England
11 Nov 2018 10:21PM
I'm not suggesting that it's an issue but given the title of thhe thread, the above seemed a worthwhile observation.
Just Jas 16 26.2k 1 England
12 Nov 2018 10:55AM
Dave - Spot on.

jas
saltireblue Plus
8 8.7k 34 Norway
12 Nov 2018 1:30PM

Quote:Dave - Spot on.

jas


Hear, hear!
Lance_B 5 1 Australia
13 Nov 2018 4:48AM
The cheaper and easier you make things, the less value it has. Photography is becoming cheaper and easier and thus has less value to people.
Paul Morgan 17 19.3k 6 England
13 Nov 2018 4:58AM

Quote:The cheaper and easier you make things, the less value it has. Photography is becoming cheaper and easier and thus has less value to people.


Yawn, views like this have been around since the earliest days of film, photography has become cheaper in its most basic of form and this is good and having more value for people not less.

Its the name George Eastman not familiar to you ?
dcash29 13 2.3k England
13 Nov 2018 5:50PM

Quote:
Quote:The cheaper and easier you make things, the less value it has. Photography is becoming cheaper and easier and thus has less value to people.


Yawn, views like this have been around since the earliest days of film, photography has become cheaper in its most basic of form and this is good and having more value for people not less.

Its the name George Eastman not familiar to you ?

But does over saturating the market lessen the value to people, whereas in GE's day the value of a photograph would have been huge.
Chris_L Plus
4 4.9k United Kingdom
13 Nov 2018 7:39PM
The other way to look at this is as the smartphones get smarter (they can already detect blurred faces, closed eyes, dirt on the lens and prompt you to retake photos) the people who have not been able to get the hang of shutter duration, ISO, aperture will be able to take photographs that are sharp, well-exposed and technically as good as anybody else's.

The playing field somewhat levelled those with an eye for a photo, who can compose a shot and time it well, will come to outshine the people with all the gear who can't compose for toffee.

I have plenty of friends whose composition and ideas are better than mine but who can't use the camera and whose phones let them down, for now.
KenTaylor Plus
14 3.1k 2 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2018 5:58PM

Quote: total non-photographers equipped with a cheap smart phone sometimes take a good photo by accident.

Not quite by accident rather instinct,
Give q child a cheap smartphone on a day out or party will show how its affected by no inhibitions,

I would say the opposite and been expanded,
SlowSong Plus
10 7.8k 30 England
6 Dec 2018 7:18PM
I've seen some excellent smartphone photos and am almost, but not quite, keen to go down that road. But when i look at the photos of Daido Moriyama, who used a basic point and shoot camera and took some iconic shots using just that, it makes you realise that different equipment and, more importantly, different minds, make wonderfully diverse images.
SlowSong Plus
10 7.8k 30 England
6 Dec 2018 10:04PM
Why cant i see all the posts in this thread.

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