“It’s not the camera, it’s the photographer”
That quote is heard in photography circles about as often as the big hand goes around the face of a clock. Every photographer that has any confidence in their skill will tell you that they can capture a great images with any decent camera. Now it is time to find out. Since almost anyone that has a cell phone now has a camera, let’s put that camera to use. The camera on your phone can be used anywhere, anytime.
I recently attended an event with only the cell phone in my pocket. My original intent was to just attend and enjoy. I quickly found out that my obsession with photographing would not let me just sit and enjoy, so I pulled out my cell phone and went to work. My cell phone is a Droid Charge by Samsung.
I began “snapping” pictures. It was ok, however, when I began to look at the controls on the camera, I found I could make adjustments to improve the images.
Here’s what I found out.
- My camera phone doesn’t handle back light well. (Backlight is when the light is brighter behind the subject than on them).
- The camera needs a bit of time to process the scene, set itself and get ready to capture the image, usually about 10-15 seconds. When given the time, the images were better.
- All of the usual rules of photography still apply to get a good image; composition, posing, lighting, etc.
- The camera didn’t handle night photography well, even with the image stabilization on. The exposures were too long to hand hold them.
- It is pretty fun to have a camera with me all the time. Yes, it has limitations. Knowing those limitations allows me to create within them.
I challenge you to go grab your phone and get busy photographing!