In this every changing world of technology, more and more people are leaving their cameras at home and relying on cell phones to capture the important moments of their lives. Understandable, they are small, easy to carry and you usually have the phone with you anyway. It is easy to upload to social media sites (like Facebook, Instragram...) Many of the newer phones have decent cameras built in. I have an Android phone (Samsung Axiom), but I took a look at my friend's iPhone so I could compare. I don't pretend to know a ton about cell phones but I am married to someone who has worked for a cell phone company for more than 20 years so a little bit has rubbed off on me. When he started they were BAG phones (no camera included back then). If you don't know what a bag phone is you had better Google it.
Photo right. Cell phone photo by my 12 year old. I'm suppose to look surprised. That was a hard shot to get because of low light.
So should I ditch my camera and go cell phone only?
There are several reasons why I wouldn't totally ditch larger cameras for photo enthusiast. First of all the sensor ( it records the image) in a cell phone is quite small so even if you have several Mega Pixels the image quality suffers. It may look ok for web use but you probably wouldn't get a (good looking) large print from it.
To learn more about sensors here is a great website that explains in detail.
Cell phone photos taken in a low light environment tend to be dark and or blurry.
I would stick with a good point and shoot or DSLR if you do a lot of sports photography so you can zoom in easily.
After delving into my cell phone camera settings as I was actually quite surprised at how many features it has including:
I looked at an iPhone and talked to a few people who use them and it looks like there are fewer settings available but the 4s and 5 do include:
Have fun with it
Playing around with the cell phone is a great way to learn more about photography. You might try taking photographs differently and more often because of the accessibility.
Instagram and Retro Camera are a few apps that I use on my Samsung Axiom .
Some Facebook friend suggestions for photo apps include: Houzz, Quickpic, Camera + and Multi-lens camera. There are many free and pay apps available for you to experiment with.
I think this is a fairly successful cell phone image.
I used Retro Camera app for the effect.
This is another image that I took with Retro camera app.
It can be rather hit or miss with the effects. Too me this looks washed
out. My poor husband.
Some extra things you should think about when photographing with cell phone:
Look what is coming:
Cell phone photography gives you something to do on those long boring road trips.
I did Photoshop the bird poop off the window before posting.