I wouldn’t be without my DSLR, 35mm film camera or medium-format Diana, but there’s much to be said for the portability and spontaneity provided by my ever-handy phone camera.
Ultimately, as Art by Nullality asserts, the best camera is the one with you, don’t you think?
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Well I thought you might… 🙂
I’m usually fine with allowing people to make fools of themselves, but when it comes to art I feel like I need to speak up. Photography, like many things is an art form and many people can develop the tools and knowledge to use the medium as way to express themselves or record their life.
It upsets me that people can’t think past the idea that a smartphone with a camera is not really a camera. Whether you view your smartphones’ camera as your ‘always with me’ backup, your first camera, or just another tool of in the bag of lenses, filters, and post production techniques it’s important to remember that at one point you had one camera and it was your first.
I always question people who can’t stand the idea that anyone who owns the instagram app might imagine them self a photographer. When did you start? Did you even use film? Can you imagine if someone came up to you and mocked your attempt at easy photography, and complained that you should man up and do some real shooting with a 16 pound pinhole box camera and some dry plates? If you’re gonna be critical at least be constructive.
Thank you for your considered impressions! There are certainly elitist views when it comes to just how much money someone’s invested in their photography kit, and about what actually constitutes a “photographer”. You don’t have to be a professional or own the most sophisticated gear – if you make an image, you’re a photographer.
And it seems to me that many have discovered the pleasures of a creative side they perhaps didn’t know they possessed through their ever-present phone cameras. And isn’t that wonderful!
I know lately I’ve been making a lot more images with my phone than with my traditional cameras, and after all isn’t that what a love of photography is all about – the pleasure of making pictures?
It’s interesting too to consider the flourishing archive of spontaneous phone-generated images out there that are unselfconsciously recording people’s everyday lives and what a potential resource it will be for future generations…
Yes, so true! Imagine all the wonderful opportunities for memories that would have been lost if it weren’t for the phone camera that was casually slipped in our back pockets…
The artwork is charming….can’t wait to check that blog!
Thanks for another great post!
Thanks so much for your ongoing interest, Elisa…
i agree with the comments. a mobile phone camera may not be the best in terms of quality or noise control and sharpness and blah blah.. but seriously, new phones have a pretty decent camera, especially when there is sufficient light. and with some of the new apps available (i reviewed some in my blog a few days back, u might like to read) the possibilities are …endless?! haha. but yeah, its a great tool for anybody to have.
I really appreciate you taking the time to view and comment – many thanks! And I’ll be sure to check out your review!
I don’t have a phone camera because I’m still using a 2003 Samsung flip phone. It, uh, makes and receives phone calls, which is all I’ve ever asked of a phone. lol
My friends think my Canon 550D is genetic outgrowth of my hand because it’s always with me or no more than a foot or two away.
Great to hear you always have a camera with you, Russel… and thank you for your interest in my post!