Get with the instagram
In all honesty, I’ve never been a huge fan of mobile photography. Not because I don’t think it’s good: photography is always about the person behind the lens. A good photographer can use anything and make it work. But despite feeling that way, for my own work I do have certain technological standards.
But there’s no denying it: mobile cameras are improving constantly. Photo quality isn’t as bad as it used to be. My iPhone 3gs, which I used for 5 1/2 years (NO JOKE), had such a shitty camera, I was always automatically turned off by the idea of using Instagram of VSCOcam. The amount of noise alone. Brrrr. And of course an old phone couldn’t possibly keep up with app improvements: the phone got too slow, the software it could handle too old.
But then I got a new phone, with a great camera, and it opened up a world of possibilities. I have to get used to it, but so far it’s quite nice to share bits of my life without taking out either the DSLR or my Panasonic point-and-shoot. My Panasonic is completely lovely, and in certain situations – when I feel a photo could be useful as a stock photo – I will prefer it to my cellphone camera. But for those quick moments, the “this is me, currently” moments, I sure do appreciate having the option of whipping out my cellphone.