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Mobile Phone Photography

23 Apr 2021 8:52PM   Views : 431 Unique : 247

For many the smartphone is the 'go to' image recording device. Even for photographers. A well known phrase says the best camera to use is the one you have with you.



Practical considerations aside, such as photographing small birds, there are numerous plus points to using a phone. These days, 'why not' would be a reply as many have improved performance (in terms of greater resolution at least) than many of the first digital cameras. When you're wanting to capture the moment is key, the phone has replaced the 'instamatic' and simple compacts of yesteryear. Yes phones are more accessible and many more people use them more often than used those simple cameras but phones occupy that position in the overall scheme of things.



In-phone processing and apps may suit some. I prefer the greater control and finesse of computer software including different local adjustments on the same image, and using a large screen. If you're after a creative effect or creating a mood, then fair enough. But something gimmicky that adds nothing, avoid. In a years time such treatments will look naff at best, just as the tobacco graduated filters did in the 1980s. I'm sure there's an app somewhere to duplicate that affect. Noooo!



I don't like the term 'filter' as filter means 'to remove'. A conventional colour filter put in front of the lens removes part of the colour spectrum, a filter in a search removes particular results from a database, and a filter removes unwarned material from water in a sewage farm, for example. However it's a simple word and I've yet to think of anything else that's a suitable description. Modifier is perhaps more accurate but doesn't roll off the tongue so easily.



I've had great responses from mobile shots in the ephotozine Gallery. More so than some shots from 'proper' cameras. Which goes to show that it's not the equipment that's important, it's the input from the person behind the device and how they interpret and capture the scene. My current phone is no great shakes technically, producing only 4 megapixel images, but in all honesty you don't need more than that for posting on the web. Upping the size in software helps if I want larger prints, within reason. You may contrast that with the use of a Lensbaby with a 30 or more megapixel sensor. My phone will need to be replaced soon as the battery is on its last legs so it's a topic I'll return to later.



All text and images Keith Rowley 2021

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They work, certainly.

But I can't bring myself to love them!

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