Re: why smartphone photography stinks for you. A Response

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I’ve read the latest article by JP Danko about why smartphone photography stinks. I disagree, and here is my response.

I do hate the term “tog”. I cringe every time I see or hear it.

Your definition of real camera does sound little bit pretentious to my ears as it leaves out pretty much all point and shoots and (however heretic it might sound) lofi/lomo cameras. Disregard the phone aspect for now. All the autofocus, auto exposure cameras with little to no control about anything are left out. This includes cameras like Olympus Mju, many Polaroid Land cameras, Instamatics and Brownies… why I mention them? Cause it seems like your generalization is presuming only digital media. These analog cameras I mentioned are directly comparable with some of the current phone camera offerings. Take Kodak instamatics and Brownies. Cheap, low quality shooters that were spewed by the millions yet they provided the public with much appreciated democratization of photography. Because of their limitations in exposure their photos looked very much the same, yet they defined the visual style and taste in such strong way, that most popular (and praised by you) app like Instagram and Hipstamatic base their success on this established visual style. Just look at the names. Our family memories are defined by low quality cameras yet we continue with this tradition even now, when the access to quality digital apparatus is easier than ever before. But people did not seem to mind the lens quality of the Instamatic or automatic land cameras. As those pictures were viewed as rather small prints today photography is viewed on small screens.

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Why Smartphone Photography Stinks

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First – to be clear – I’m talking about the process of using a smartphone camera for photography – not the pics, pix, snaps, shots or whatever it is smartphone togs, shooters or iphoneograperhers call photographs captured with a mobile phone camera.

(Does anyone else really really hate the term “tog” or is it just me?)

Anyway, also for disclosure – yes, I am almost middle aged and I clearly don’t understand modern photography and will be left behind by the new wave of mobile phone photographers because I refuse to adapt.

Right, now that that’s out of the way – here’s why smartphone photography stinks…

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The Camera That Holds The Title Of Most Used On Flickr Might Surprise You

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The Canon Rebel T3i is the first dedicated camera to show up on the list. (Photo: Canon T3i by Andy Malmin)

In fact, the cameras that hold the title of not only the most used, but also the second, third, and fourth most used cameras on the popular photo sharing website might grab your attention. Chris Gampat from The Phoblographer, did some researching on the matter recently and discovered that the usual suspects from Canon or Nikon don’t even make the list until the 5th place slot. Do you know which camera model holds all the glory? If you guessed Apple, pat yourself on the back. The iPhone 5, the iPhone 5s, iPhone 4s, and iPhone 4 round out the top four, respectively, while Canon finally makes it on to the board with their Rebel T3i claiming fifth. [Read more…]

Upgrade Your iPhone With An APS-C Sensor And f2.0 Lens Simply By Sliding It Into This New Case

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I have to admit, I love the idea of a smartphone that has Leica glass more than I like the idea of attaching a giant lens to my existing smartphone. While both have their downfalls, it’s still nice to see phone manufacturers really starting to get inventive and pushing the technology that drives our phone’s ever important camera elements. Jumping on that bandwagon is a start up company named Relonch which is looking to enter the competitive world of smartphone photography with the release of a new iPhone case. The Relonch case appears to pack quite a punch in terms of what it can do for your phone’s current camera. [Read more…]

The New Panasonic Lumix Smartphone To Feature A Mammoth 20MP 1-Inch Sensor And Leica Glass; 4K Capable

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As more people abandon their point and shoots for the ease of their smartphones, Panasonic is hoping to stay relevant by establishing a strong foothold in the smartphone industry and, by the looks of it, they may have knocked it out of the park with their forthcoming LUMIX DMC-CM1. Panasonic has dubbed the 20 megapixel device a smartcamera–a smartphone in which impeccable detail has been placed on the device’s camera function. And, indeed, the camera elements of the device certainly do not disappoint. [Read more…]

Apple Introduces the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, with Phase Detection Auto-Focus, Optical Image Stabilization, 240 FPS Video, and More

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For the past few years now, Apple’s keynotes have highlighted how the iPhone has now become the world’s most popular camera. With today’s event, the company shifted the focus towards the fact that it’s the worlds most widely used video camera; and that’s exactly what the technology behind the iPhone 6 focuses on, as well.

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Let’s start off with the still photography. It shouldn’t be surprising that the new iPhone 6 still retains an 8 megapixel camera; the pixel size hasn’t gotten bigger than the iPhone 5S’s 1.5 microns, and the aperture remains the same at f/2.2. So what’s different?

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Pentax K-S1: A DSLR Camera Built for a Generation of Beginners

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Typically, DSLR cameras aren’t really ever about fashion over form. Almost every high-end model out there comes in a bulky black, various buttons surrounding an LCD screen, and an interface that just assumes you know exactly what you’re doing. And then there’s the Pentax K-S1, a mid-range DSLR camera that’s set to come in colors as vibrant as the entirety of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Yesterday, I posted an article about Instagram, and it talked about the new generation of photographers growing up today with smartphones. If it wasn’t for smartphones, many of those people probably wouldn’t have ever gotten into photography, and the minimal touch screen interfaces they’ve been accustomed to are all that they probably know when it comes to using a camera. For older generations, that’s the equivalent of using a disposable or a compact point-and-shoot. With Pentax’s new K-S1, Ricoh attempts to build a bridge that fills that learning gap and draws younger photographers closer to the DSLR world.

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The Cleverest DIYP iPhone Tripod* Ever!

The Cleverest DIYP iPhone Tripod* Ever!

  • This tripod, designed by Benny Johansson, can be placed on top of bottles or stand for it self.
  • Flexible enough to fit most of the common bottle tops and caps.
  • the phone can be tilted 0-8 degrees on one side and 15 on the other.
  • the elastic can be used to secure the phone from falling out,  ( a string in the middle of the screen is not ideal but most camera controls are  at the left or right side of the screen so it works okay for most of the time )
  • can also be used as a viewing stand
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18 Photography Apps Each Smartphone Photographer Should Consider

If you stop to think about it, that little eye on the world on the back of your smart phone is a technological wonder– particularly if you grew up in an era when leaving the house or office meant nobody could reach you until you surfaced somewhere with a land line. Even when compared to point-and-shoot digital cameras of just a few years ago, these cameras which are constantly with us keep advancing at an incredible rate, creating images often indistinguishable from those taken with our DSLRs.

But it’s not perfect– and never can be–.since perfection means drastically different things to different people, Thanks to ambitious app creators, though, we can trick out our smart phone cameras with a seemingly endless supply of options. From filtering and sharing, to editing and correcting, if there’s something you want your smart phone camera to do, chances are there’s an app for that.

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