Ladies and gentlemen, the iPhone7 has been released – and, hype be damned, you probably already know if you’re going to purchase one or not.
At this point in the game you are probably either so over Apple that you’ve moved on never to be seen again, or you exist at the other end of the spectrum where you are a lifelong Apple lover. Regardless of your stance on the issue, you are bound to have heard that the long awaited release has finally happened.
And if you’ve managed to escape it, I’m not sure whether to applaud you or wonder if you have connectivity issues.
Either way, Apple lover or not, you have to appreciate the capabilities of phone photography. Especially if you love to travel.
How many times have I found myself in an airport somewhere praying that my shoulder’s ball joint will say connected long enough so that I can make my plane and heave all my electronic gear into the overhead compartment while continuing to pray that my weakened shoulder joint will not allow it to fall on some unsuspecting victim’s head? The answer is many.
“Why,” I ask myself every time, “do I insist on bringing all this unnecessary photography gear with me to take average photos?”
No, I am not being humble, I am an average photographer.
As much as I would like to convince you that my lenses and camera somehow magically transform me into a Bill Cunningham level street photographer, the truth is, I’m a writer. I can describe images for you much better than I can show them to you. Although that might seem counterintuitive that I can write images better than I can photograph them, what is really counterintuitive is my insistence on lugging around pounds of photography equipment even though I take 90% of my photos on my phone.
Yes, I will admit it – I am a phone photographer.
No, I do not have a selfie stick.
Rain or shine, Squatting in doorways or leaning around corners, taking photos with my trusty, almost shatterproof, mostly waterproof, hand held device has provided me with countless images to document my expeditions. Whereas my camera has given me perhaps several hundred.
I understand, from having many photographer friends, that my lack of aperture makes low light photography almost impossible (hello iPhone7!) and that my zoom function produces too granular of an image. I do know this, I promise!
But still nothing beats the flexibility offered by these pocket sized devices. In fact, it would maybe even be plausible to claim that you could give yourself the moniker photographer even if you strictly use a phone camera for your work.
I mean, I would consider a friend of mine to be a photographer even though she shoots mostly with her phone.
The reigning school of thought makes many phone photography enthusiasts feel that snapping photos on their phones is subpar to using a real camera and causes them to feel like a college kid on spring break and not a professional hobbyist (or professional professional) because they don’t have all those fancy add-ons. Should you feel that you need gadgets and gizmos to legitimize your hobby, you can kit up and suit up your phone just as thoroughly as you could a camera. I would even go so far as to say that you can get more inventive and perhaps even better accessories for your phone than you can for a good old-fashioned camera. Just check out all these nifty things that you can do with a phone!
Although phones today possess all of these wonderful capabilities, somehow I too have yet to jump wholeheartedly on the phone-photography bandwagon. Clearly, I just have to remind myself to trust in the power of technology.
The question is now, will I remember how wonderful I think phones are on my trip to Belize at the end of the month? Or will I once again lug along my camera? Well you’ll have to wait and see what I post on Instagram.
Do you agree or are you a digital camera fan? I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments!