This segment, Camera/Phone, is dedicated to the dialogue surrounding the evolution, controversy, and significance of cell phones in relationship to photography. In this edition, I give a brief explanation of my personal view on smartphone cameras and their convenience.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone over-glorifies an image taken via camera phone. While I understand that technology has brought the camera phone from it’s horrible Motorola Razr days to the 12 megapixel camera and “depth effect” of the Iphone 7, I think that too many people consider themselves photographers just because their smartphone has a decent camera. I also think that when in the hands of someone that has an understanding of what it actually takes to be a photographer, a smartphone camera can almost be as effective as a DSLR. While my love of photography has somewhat negatively affected my view on smartphone cameras, I do realize that they’re extremely convenient, and often find myself using my Iphone’s camera to quickly document moments that occur in my life when a DSLR isn’t accessible. With that being said, I don’t hate phone cameras. I really just want people to realize that they have a certain place when it comes to photography, and that’s being convenient.