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BECOMING A PHOTOGRAPHER WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE?

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SHOULD YOU CLAIM TO BE A PHOTOGRAPHER WHEN YOU USE A SMARTPHONE ?

 

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Photo courtesy of SAMSUNG (new S-9).

It is no lie that the Smartphone cameras are becoming more sophisticated each time they come out.  The latest version of camera is talking of :   The F1.5 aperture mode finds light even in the dark. So the low light camera delivers vibrant photos late into the night. Meaning your camera no longer has a curfew.

OR

Super Slow-mo

The camera that slows down time,
making everyday moments epic.

OR:

The camera that turns you into an emoji, making life a little more animated.

Create an Augmented Reality version of yourself simply by taking a selfie. Then share your real-life feelings as emoji stickers and videos.

 

THIS IS THE DESCRIPTION OF THE NEW SAMSUNG S-9 SMARTPHONE CAMERA.  And the pixel rating of the new Samsung S-9 is also really really good :  12MP on these cameras is really good.  I have seen cameras with better Megapixel rating, but, I think people have found out that the human eye can’t really see any better.  AND, what are you going to do with that kind of Megapixel anyway?  Oh, I think I need a 30 X 40 print from my smartphone?  WRONG !  Who does that?   And that is what I want to talk about.

A SMART PHONE CAMERA IS STILL NOT A BETTER CAMERA THAN A DSLR CAMERA.

 

I see not photos coming into ” PHOTOGRAPHIC FACEBOOK GROUPS” That are really good photos.  And I am surprised that these photos are taken with just a smart phone.  There is good composition, good color, good techniques in taking photos with their smart phones.  But, I hesitate when allowing photographers entering a PHOTO GROUP, who is not using a DSLR camera or bigger to claim they are a photographer.  The creative ability stops there with just that:  GOOD COMPOSITION, GOOD COLOR, GOOD TECHNIQUES.   What happens now when someone wants them to do some serious photography.  Listed below are things you cannot do with a smart phone that you CAN DO  with a good DSLR;

  • USE A VARIETY OF PHOTOGRAPHIC FILTERS

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Your smart phone camera does not allow you to use camera filters.  But then you might say, but, my smart phone has some special effects filters built-in.  NOT THE SAME.  Those are toys, not for serious photography.  I am out doing a beautiful landscape photo, in the remote scenery of Yellowstone, everything is beautiful, a river running through a beautiful meadow, snow-capped mountains, sun is just off to the left, and now…. I put on my circular polarizing filter, turn it about 45 degrees, and the all the colors now just get even better, because my polarizing filter just cut the glare off of everything in this photo, the water, the snow, the trees, and the colors just naturally got enhanced…. and it became the most beautiful photo I ever shot.  I get home, show it to my friend…. and they gasp with excitement, and ask:  “Can you sell me a copy of that”?  And  you say, “Sure”!  I can sell that to you for $500.  And your friend says, “Is that all”?  And you say, “Because you are a special friend, I will do that for you”.  Could you do that with your smart phone?  NO, NO, NO.   Because of several things:  1-  You could not get the photo sharp enough because, you could not put on that important polarizing filter to make the colors look that good.

  • YOU CANNOT NOT ENLARGE YOUR PHOTOS BIG ENOUGH

With the same story above, you have a 12 MP camera, but with you DSLR, you also have a 12MP camera.  Your DSLR camera will enlarge better because the image sensor on your DSLR is bigger, thus the DSLR 12MP is much sharper and better detailed than the smaller sensor in your smartphone camera.  camera-sensor-size-29

Here is the cold hard facts.  The image above is the truth.  You have to realize that the smart phone manufactures are trying to put in so many things into a small device.  The BLUE  square is the size of the image sensor of almost all smart phone sensors.  You will notice that the item that is orange in color marked APS-C (CANON) is the size of the sensor for a DSLR.  BOTH SENSORS ARE 12 MEGAPIXELS.   I am no rocket scientist but you don’t have to enlarge it quite so much from the Canon to a 20X30 to get a great photo, as you would from the blue smart phone sensor.  The smart phone enlargement will just not be as sharp.  You would be enlarging almost 5X larger just to get it the same size.  And that would make the picture NOT SO GOOD.

  • SERIOUS PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL ALWAYS USE A TRIPOD.

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Tell me where is the tripod mount on your smartphone?  I have a Samsung S8 right now, and I can’t find the tripod mount on it anywhere.  Oh, you say you can get a tripod adapter for it?  Nice, So, do you think your smartphone will let me take a 20 or 30 second exposure of this water fall with a Neutral density filter of this beautiful waterfall?  NOPE.   

  • I NEED MORE FLASH CAPABILITY FOR MY CAMERA

A serious photographer will eventually get into the use of adding more light to their camera, a more powerful flash that will fill in shadows, or need to add flash or more light to something far away.

flash 1 These new flashes for the cameras have light that will shoot over a hundred feet.  It’s incredible, plus, they sync with your zoom lens, so they give you the proper coverage of the lens that you are using.  So, when you zoom out to wide angle, the flash will automatically use it’s own flash diffuser head and spread out the light to cover the wide angle of your lens.  Zoom out to telephoto, and the zoom head built into the flash will narrow the beam of light to cover the lens angle and shoot out a narrow beam of light and give you a light that covers that range of your telephoto zoom.  Your smart phone cannot do that.

  • A SERIOUS PHOTOGRAPHER WILL ALWAYS WANT MORE LENSES

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The joy of discovering photography, really, is finding what you can do with different lenses.  Telephoto, wide angle, macro, zoom,  fast aperture, portrait lenses, art lenses, etc.  Look at the lenses that Nikon created above.  All those lenses were created for a specific purpose.  There was photographers who needed a specific lens made that did something specific for their type of photography.  Now, I am seeing smart phone cameras with 2 lenses in them.  Whoopee!  2X magnification.  Really?  Well , the smart phone camera can’t put more into it, because it’s limited to what size it is.  You can buy lenses to attach to your smart phone now.  Let me tell you…. those are just not good quality lenses.

  • A SERIOUS PHOTOGRAPHER WILL WANT TO CONTROL DEPTH OF FIELD AND SHUTTER SPEEDS FOR CREATIVE CONTROL OF THEIR PICTURES.

I just spent weeks in this blog going over the wonderful things about your DSLR camera and how you can control your camera to be able to create ARTISTIC PHOTOS.   Your smartphone camera is nothing more than a snapshot camera.  If you want to do ARTISTIC PHOTOS, you will have to quit using your smartphone camera.    The joy you will get you do, for the first time create a photo, on purpose, something using depth of field.

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Or your first photo using a fast shutter speed, or slow shutter speed, because you wanted to create something special:

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I could probably come up with a few more reasons for why you would want to have a “REAL” camera to be taking photos with, rather than try to get serious with your smart phone.  I will say that it is nice to have a good smart phone camera in case you just don’t have your camera with you, and you need to capture quick.   There should come a time when you kick yourself for not having your camera with you.  The photographer will learn to always have their camera with them.

 

Conclusion:  The smartphone camera is a good camera:  for snapshots.  But, if you want to become a good serious photographer, the smartphone is far from being the camera that you want.  The DSLR camera is still making great advancements as well and deserves to be the one thing to be artistic with.

 

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