Up for Discussion – Phones with Cameras
Last week I did my first Up for Discussion and I learned so much about black and white photography. I like this idea of having areas where people can discuss things. I couldn’t think of what to do today, then as I was going to the hospital this morning for my Physio session I looked up at the outside of the hospital and I saw something and thought, “I have to take a photo”. Of course I didn’t have my DSLR with me, but I did have my phone.
So I got it out and composed my image and pressed the shutter button. There was my image. Is it great, well, it’s not bad. Would it have been better with my DSLR? Possibly. Would I like to go back with my DSLR? Damn straight I do. Will I? Who knows.
Phones with cameras have come a long way since they first came out. I can remember asking for a phone that didn’t have a camera. The photos used to be fairly useless, and if I remember correctly very hard to get them off your phone. Now Google uploads them to my Google+ albums, doesn’t publish them, but it does mean they are there if I want to use them. I do find that convenient. Dropbox does the same thing.
So what are we discussing here?
Good point, I get asked often when I am teaching if I think a camera in an android or iphone will replace DSLRs. I don’t think they will, you don’t have enough control on the images you take with the phone. So for the immediate future I can’t see it happening.
One of the things I do love about my android phone camera is the convenience of it, because I always have my phone with me, then I always have a camera with me. Let’s face it, not every image has to be serious, and I think the phone camera is great for spontaneous fun shots like the image above. After taking photos of the sunset in the Docklands, my friend and I put our cameras away, and then we had dinner. As we were walking back to the car we saw this guy sitting in a shop window. What a great mannequin/doll. We both wanted to take photos and without even thinking about it, we got out our phones. This sort of thing was perfect for the phone.
I often use my phone as a way of letting people know where I am. (The above image was taken inside the National Gallery of Victoria, looking outside through the water wall.) You can take a photo and upload it to facebook or g+ instantly, and then people who like you or follow you know where you have been. I use it to give people an idea of what photos I might be putting up soon. I now put most of my images up on google+.
There is definitely a place for this sort of photography. I know that photographers are out there that use the phone exclusively and have worked out the best way to use it. I know you can take great photos with them, but I wouldn’t like to be relying on only it. I have heard of photographers showing up to weddings with just an iphone to take the wedding. That is very scary.
There are issues that come up with the camera on the phone as well.
Bright light is not your friend with the camera/phone. You don’t seem to be able to compensate for it. So you have to try and make it work, I usually just give up and don’t worry about it.
Instagram is another thing which is great on the phone. Being able to take photos and play with them a little on the phone, that is apply filters is fun. It is great to see what you can do to an image. You can then share them with social media. I don’t use it as much now as I used to, but I like to play with it every now and then.
I use my the camera on my phone for fun, not much else. I wouldn’t consider any of the photos I take with it as being great. Sometimes you might get one that is great, but I usually don’t try too hard. Though I have to say, the phone does a pretty decent job with a sunset or sunrise.
So do you have a phone with a camera? How do you use it? What do you like about it? What don’t you like?
Here is a gallery with more of my “fun” images.
Quick reminder, Monochrome Madness Challenge is tomorrows post, so you have only a few hours to get your photos in if you want to be included in this weeks post.
To find out how to submit your image and what size it needs to be, please look at last weeks post.