It’s been a bit quiet on my blog in the last few weeks thanks to a week’s Christmas break and then this – a foot operation! Please be assured that work is going on behind the scenes to plan plenty of great new content for 2018. Are you following me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook? I’ve kept those updated.
Just now I’m a bit worn out by the rigours of hospital treatment but my energy will be back very soon. If you’ve been reading my blog since the very start then you will have seen my previous blog post series “Ouch to 5km” about my mystery foot problem. It turned out to be arthritis after all. I thought I was far too young for that!
You may have seen this photo on my Instagram stories recently. It was captioned “I never realized the the fridge was 93 million miles away until #crutches!”. This type of storytelling photo is one of the true joys of phone photography. I know a lot of photographer friends find it hard to accept that phones have a real place in the photographic world, because you can’t compare them to DSLRs or a good mirrorless camera. As a photographer it’s easy to let in guilt. You take a photo on your phone, then you say to yourself “I haven’t done it right, I should have used a better camera“. Well I say just take a step back a moment and think.
Storytelling Photos on Phones
First of all, phone cameras are getting seriously good, but “good” for a phone camera is not the same as “good” for a DSLR. A phone camera is wide angle, doesn’t zoom, it’s often grainy as the phone will do everything in it’s power to expose for the available light, and the depth of field on near focus is always shallow. However there’s no way I could have taken this crutches photo on my DSLR.
Phone cameras can do some things that other cameras cannot do. I don’t possess a DSLR camera lens with such a wide-angle as my phone, for example. Last summer I took a splash-proof phone camera into the spray of Niagara falls. My DSLR would have died! The most obvious example of a type of photography where the phone camera is king is the selfie. That’s almost physically impossible on a DSLR. Whilst many selfies are crass, the competition to take a good one means that standards improve.
The more I use my phone to take storytelling photos of my life, the more I discover and understand the place that they have in the photographic world. It’s a different area, it’s new. So much of it is not the same as the photography that has gone before. There are new types of images thanks to phones. I intend to try to take more of those as I feel it’s a new area of skill to learn. It’s an onward development from candid, storytelling photos which have been around for years.
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When I manage to take more storytelling photos on my phone I will most likely post them to Instagram stories and Facebook page stories (the circles at the top) as that’s ideal for day-in-the-life images. I’ll put a few on Twitter too. I’d love to see your shots if you want to give this a try! Tweet me or message me on any social media.
Do you have phone photography skills that don’t translate well to a normal camera? How would you describe what we are doing with our phones, is it personal photojournalism? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!