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There’s a saying that your best camera is the camera you have with you. After all, what good is a camera that’s sitting at home when you’re out and about? Missed shots are missed opportunities at capturing images, preserving memories and sharing experiences.
Cameras on cell phones mean that people have the ability to take photographs almost anywhere they go, without having to remember to take a separate camera along. Photo opportunities often present themselves without warning, especially if you have kids or very cute pets. Having a camera ready at all times can be very handy, so perhaps you’re in the habit of relying upon your cell phone as your primary camera.
The quality of smartphone cameras has improved dramatically in recent years, so many people don’t feel the need to use a separate camera at all. Those looking to upgrade their digital cameras often consider investing their funds in a new smartphone instead of a new camera.
Professional photographers require the capabilities of sophisticated equipment but a smartphone may be sufficient for the average person. Apps for iPhone and Android have enhanced smartphone cameras to provide more features and improved results. National Geographic has even published an article offering photography tips for the iPhone. Tips for Better iPhone Photography
Smartphones also give you the ability to share your photographs with others immediately. If you’re connected to the Internet, you can post pictures on Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Pinterest and Twitter straight from your smartphone. That instant gratification from sharing your photos immediately may be more rewarding to you than the benefits you could get from using an actual camera.
In the unlikely event that your photo doesn’t turn out exactly as you had planned, or would benefit from enhancement, apps are available to improve your images. Instagram (now available for Android as well as iPhone), Dynamic Light, iPhoto, Pro HDR, Snapseed and others allow you to add filters, effects, frames and other edits from your phone so you can enhance your pictures before you post them.
Unedited (iPhone image):
Edited (using Dynamic Light):
The Wonder of Tech wonders, what do you use as your primary camera? If you’re going on vacation, do you pack a separate camera or do you rely upon your phone? If you don’t have a smartphone, do you use the camera on your regular cell phone (non-smartphone)?
Take today’s poll and let us know how you take pictures.
Eastman Kodak filing for bankruptcy earlier this year may be the strongest indication yet that people are moving from using separate cameras to using the cameras on their cell phones. But the results of today’s poll should be very interesting to learn as well.
If you use a smartphone as your primary camera, do you use photo editing apps? Do you post your pictures to websites such as Facebook, Flickr and others? If you use a camera, do you edit and share on your computer? Let us know in the comments section below!
* Canal image (using iPhone plus Pro HDR app) by Al Ebnereza