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Camera phones will never replace real cameras

With the ever growing prevalence of camera phones

and the constant technical advancements that have come along with these devices, just about anyone and everyone has the means to take photographs on a regular basis. However, just because you have the ability to do something, doesn’t mean you have the skill or creative vision for it. Nor does it mean that your equipment can handle what actually has to be done in order to create true art.

This brings me to one of my major pet peeves as a landscape and portrait photographer – attempting to substitute a a camera phone for the real thing.

For example, one of the newest things out there is a Nokia Lumia 1020 which claims to have a 41 megapixel digital camera. While I have my doubts about the reality of this claim, even if it is true, that’s only a small part of the equation of what makes a quality camera.

A REAL decent camera must have all of these qualities if not more:

Ability to adjust aperture manually

Ability to adjust shutter speed manually

Ability to adjust ISO manually

Ability to adjust white balance manually

Ability to house an external flash

Ability to work with strobe lighting units

Ability to use and exchange multiple lenses 

Don’t get me wrong, camera phones are OK for just playing around or using in a pinch. But none of them can compare to the real thing.

Followup To External Flash Diffuser Post

Recently, I posted a brief DIY article on creating a diffuser for a camera’s external flash. Well, I figured I’d take a second to show the project in action. Check out the pictures below and notice the difference. All images where shot by the same camera on the same aperture, shutter speed, ISO and general exposure settings.

I used a white glasses cleaning cloth as my material. Please excuse the blur in the last shot.

No flash used

no camera flash

Full flash, no diffuser

full camera flash

Flash with diffuser

camera flash with diffuser

Double diffused flash (two layers of cloth)

extra diffused flash

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