iPhone photography

Regarding:

http://www.cultofmac.com/183191/all-these-incredible-olympic-photos-were-taken-with-an-iphone-4s-gallery/

It’s funny how photographers are so quick to jump to one side – always about equipment, but in different directions.
If someone mentions using a 1Ds – then it’s not the camera, it’s the photographer. “I can make the same images on my (whatever cheaper model they currently own)”.
If they state that they only used an iPhone, then it’s a nice toy, but not a professional choice.
People just get so hung up on the tools, and which is better, and which aren’t worthy – like a mechanic would only ever carry one wrench around. Photography is a unique situation every time it happens. The Best Camera for each situation depends on how much you can adapt to the box and how much the box can adapt to you. There is not one solution yet.

You can adapt to the box – carry around a bag of yummy interchangeable goodness (or better yet, get an assistant to), hang a heavy thing around your neck, and make people run for cover. The tradeoff? Supreme image quality, fast, precise autofocus, compositional freedom.

Or the box can adapt to you – it’s with you probably every moment. It’s attached to the internet and can publish photos with minimal time and effort. It has lots of custom processing treatments that can be applied on the fly. It does not attract attention because almost everyone has one. The tradeoff? Lower image quality, limited focal length options, slower performance.

You will experience situations in photography where one of these factors is more important or more limiting than the other. A product shot demands high quality, but a news event demands timeliness. Any one tool you find will have limitations as well as strengths in a given situation. A good photographer can predict which will do the job better, and be in the right place when the photons bounce their way. Once the image is made, how it got there is mostly irrelevant.

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~ by ChrissyOne on August 7, 2012.

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