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Mobile Photography is The Next Level Of Digital

Sharing and connecting has never been easier

By Leigh RobbinsPublished 3 years ago 5 min read
Mobile Photography is The Next Level Of Digital
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In this ever-changing world we often feel overwhelmed by the wealth of new and advanced gadgets that will undoubtedly become mainstream staples for many of our friends and family. All these advances in tech have changed the way we live our everyday lives. The most common example of this is we are always within contact. No matter where we are, we are reachable in ways that would never have been possible 20 years ago. This arguably has advantages and disadvantages of course. Some of these advancements however should be a cause for a bit of celebration.

One of the most amazing things to come from these changing times is that the technology has changed to be more user-friendly. The learning curve needed to pick up a new head scratching device and instinctively know how to use it, is becoming a more common occurrence.

Age old contraptions that we’ve seen and thought little of over the years have been reworked and made more readily available. They come with new features, and in new form factors, and in ever-increasing compact sizes. Most notably things like phones, computers, cameras, have all undergone a drastic change and most of these changes have added a new level of quality to our collective lives

The effect of these changes aren’t limited to the re-imagined version of the product itself, but also the way we interact with the re-vamped product, and how we go about using it in our daily lives. The advent of the digital mobile camera has proven its worth in spades. We use them to snap our happiest events, and conversely they have been used to help prevent and solve crimes.

Cameras, possibly more than any of the other two appliances mentioned above, have gone through the biggest transformation, at least from the user end’s perspective.

The camera, a photographer’s most important tool, has never seen growth or evolved as fast as it has in the past few decades. The same can also be said for the photographers themselves.

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Being a photographer has always been a highly coveted and enviable profession, one that was oftentimes too far out of reach for ordinary people. A common person lacked the knowledge, and the monetary costs it took to hold such a title.

With the invention of digital point and shoots and DSLR’s, many of those obstacles have been removed. The cost of film, and the lack of knowledge on how to properly process said film are a thing of the past. Gone too are the complex cameras, with buttons and knobs you never had a chance of figuring out on your own, even with the aid of the owner’s manual. Words such as darkroom, and developing trays have effectively become obsolete to anyone not working in specialized higher end or niche markets.

The ease of use that comes with digital photography has wormed its way into the hearts of amateur and professional photographers alike. From the more compact size and ease of transport, to cost of the rig itself, not to mention the subsequent cost of film and its development.

Even the turn around time of taking the photo and seeing the results have all added to the allure of going digital.

The digital camera has made becoming a photographer as simple as taking a picture and uploading it to a computer. From there you can choose to print the photo out yourself, or attach it to an email and send it on its merry way.

Mobile photography, the next level of digital.

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When the advent of the smartphone came it brought not only a phone, but also a camera, and a compact sized computer as well. Best of all it fit right into our pocket, bring the field of digital photography to a whole new level.

The fact that cameras now come built into phones, even the most untrained person can capture the moments in their lives like never before. Regular average people with no prior knowledge can now not only snap these moments in time, but also have the ability to touch up or alter the image in post like a professional.

In the new age of digital photography; the mobile photography niche is on the rise. The user can pick up their phone, open the camera app and shoot to their heart’s content. No, having to fiddle with the aperture, or correcting the white balance. Unless the user is on the more advanced side, these words mean nothing to them anyway. And they don’t have to, because they are still often capturing beautiful photos.

A person can post an image of their trip to the Grand canyon, adjust it, slap on a color filter or press a button for an auto color correction, and BAM! Done! Once shared online millions can like, share, and comment on it.

In the Instagram world we live in, it doesn’t matter to the untrained eye that the shot wasn’t framed correctly, that the image is overly saturated, or that the exposure is off. What matters is that the results are instant and can be “made” beautiful to your own specifications of what beautiful means.

Moreover, you don’t have to pay others for their services and expertise.

So, then what becomes of the actual “professionals”? The ones who have gone to school and studied the art of taking photos?

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Well for now it seems they have been slowly regulated in recent years towards work in areas such as magazine prints, events photography, and wildlife photography. These fields still demand more than a cursory knowledge of simply “pointing and shooting”.

There will always be a time and a place where a photographer — with high-end equipment — will be a need that an amateur with a camera phone simply can’t replace.

Shooting with film for instance will never be a mainstream hobby for people. High end portraits, and event photography, will still need a professional touch, not to mention professional equipment.

Advances in technology have opened the doors for everyday people to spread their wings and show us the world around them through their own eyes. We all have cameras readily at our disposal now. We can bring those closest to us and complete strangers alike, with us on our journeys — and they bring us on theirs.

Through cameras, we can see what captivates other people; what moves them. Even more, we can see it right as they are seeing it for themselves, as if we were there with them. Connecting us together through a modern day shared experience. A shared experience, is a human experience, and we can all use a little more of that in our lives.

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Leigh Robbins

Freelancer writer, blogger, mental heath advocate, and tech reviewer.

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