iPhone Camera

“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.

  1. My camera phone doesn’t handle back light well. (Backlight is when the light is brighter behind the subject than on them).
  2. 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.
  3. All of the usual rules of photography still apply to get a good image; composition, posing, lighting, etc.
  4. The camera didn’t handle night photography well, even with the image stabilization on. The exposures were too long to hand hold them.
  5. 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.

Camera Phone Back Light Issue

Camera Phone Finger Smudge

Samsung Camera Phone Depth of Field

Sharp Camera Phone Focus

Camera Phone Portrait

I challenge you to go grab your phone and get busy photographing!


  1. I 100% AGREE!!! 🙂 I’ve always taken camera phone pics because I never had a digital camera of my own (my family didn’t have the money to buy me a digital camera at all) so I defenitely agree. Having learned with a cell phone camera it makes taking pictures with a “real camera” even more fun & on top of that even easier!! hahaha.

  2. Agree with most of your points and “it”s not the cam….”, except 10-15secs to get ready (my iPhone 4needs maybe 1/2) and some apps (truehdr for example) help create amazing phone pictures!
    Tnx for the post


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