I actually used to think this. You had to have a nice professional camera to be a professional photographer. How incorrect that line of thinking is.
We are all photographers. I’m amazed at the technology of our cameras these days. I know this site is all about film. I’m promoting film and I shoot film, but I want to touch on the subject of taking photos.
The best camera you can get is the one that you have on you all the time. I have found this to be very true for street photography.
Studio or architectural photography are completely different. You would want more than an iPhone can offer.
But when it comes to street photography it’s amazing. If you look around what do you see? Other people staring at their screens. Looking at their phones. We see others on their phones all day long. We’re used to their rear facing camera looking right up at us.
We don’t assume that each time someone is looking at their phone they are taking a picture. People let their guard down. When they see you only have a cell phone it’s much different than when you are carrying an slr camera.
This is why most of the street film cameras are the small rangefinder style cameras. Something small, dark, and nondescript.
Break out a huge camera with a 300 zoom telephoto lens, people get put on edge. They notice you. Cell phones go unnoticed.
Recently I’ve been trying this out. Taking my cell phone for a walk. I’ve captured some interesting moments from my day.
It’s fun but it’s challenging to take a good iPhone photo. For one, any slight movement creates a blurred image. It’s hard to get any level of sharpness.
Most of the images have a slight blur to them. Also ran into complications. I had the hdr setting on and didn’t know it. I had to turn that off along with the flash.
Then the screen. It’s a huge screen on my iPhone 6+. Anywhere you touch could change a setting or adjust the image. I ran into an issue where I could have taken a great photo but it was set to panoramic mode. My finger or palm must have adjusted it. Either way the photos were ruined. You have to be careful of your settings.
How you hold the phone is important. I use the volume button to take the shot as opposed to touching the screen. This works well.
I have used the lock screen button by accident and lost the moment. You have to be careful of that.
Other than that the images are good. They would be much nicer with a legit film camera or a high pixel count camera. You have to sacrifice quality to convenience. If you left your camera at home you wouldn’t have captured the scene unfolding in front of you.
You haven’t given the cell phone camera in your pocket a chance. Take a second look at it. See what you can use it for. How can you use the portability of that camera for your art.
What is taking place in the world around you? If we begin to take images of substance with the iPhone, it will gain in its credentials. Most likely stack up well with other cameras out there.
What I’ve convinced myself is photography is about taking photos not gear. If you have a cell phone you can take photos. You can be a photographer and I don’t want you to think that you have to take images with film.
My real message is to take photos and explore the art of photography. It’s good for you and society as a whole. Capture the world through your lens. Whatever lens that might be.