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.