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Saturday, 07 April 2018


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Looking at the photos, some show the telltale sign of being taken with a phone and some are not obvious in this reproduction size. The telltale signs are loss of fine detail, chunky gradients and oversmoothing minute color changes. And on iPhone the green ghost blob, but I didn't see that one in the photos I looked at.

Having experimented with phone photography way back in 2005, I haven't really felt that it's a novelty for a while. The crucial changes, adequate image quality for small prints and the ability to edit well enough on the phone came in the last few years, however. In light of this, the phone is today just a tool for me and the big limitation is not the resolution (how often was resolution the main hindrance in producing results in the history of photography?), but the chunky gradients and overpowering noise reduction even at base ISO. Digital artefacts rarely end up looking good.

You know, Mike, all these articles about the iPhone are getting a little tiresome.

Okay, I wasn't even close.

Very interesting and informative!

Having seen examples of phone camera photography in the past from friends, I've concluded that the phone camera is an excellent general purpose tool, but falls short in many cases (according to my standards, anyway!).

I found the photographs very revealing. I use Micro Four Thirds for many situations, and Full Frame for landscapes and closeup/macro for greater resolution. I notice that both the phone camera and M43 photographs suggest small sensor, especially in the landscapes, and not a lot of difference between them in some cases.

Example of landscapes: #140 (phone) and #142 (M43)

Some of the closeups of flowers photographed with the phone look nice at this web size, but lack of resolution of the small flower parts would be obvious when viewed at a larger size, IMO.

The comments about the younger generation are pertinent. Photography is a much different activity for many younger people, for sure, as I observe almost daily. The convenience of the phone camera is the main attraction, as I've discovered when talking to people who use the phone camera as their only camera. They wouldn't consider even a small P/S!


here's an important tip for cell phone picture making - http://lifesquared.squarespace.com/blog/2018/4/7/civilized-ku-5174-never-feel-embrassed-again

How's my project going?

I never talk about my projects, not until the day I release each one into the world.

Is that a superstition? Partly. But from the first project I obsessively pursued, I discovered that my own feeling of excitement about what I'm shooting, that I-can't-wait-to-drag-my-equipment-to-this-place feeling in the morning, is the most trustworthy judge of whether the completed project will be worthwhile. It's not infallible, but I've learned that it's a much better judge than any of my most trusted friends, colleagues, or portfolio reviews.

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