Gone in a Flash!
By Tim Wee
August 13, 2013
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” While the statement was coined before the advent of smartphones, it still holds currency in today’s world. In the image driven arena of social media, pictures have become the main mode of communication for people worldwide. So, how is this all possible? Let us tell you more about the growing field of mobile photography.
Having survived the Y2K hysteria, Sharp kick-started the mobile revolution with the first real camera phone in the form of the J-SH04. Heralded by the Japanese in November 2000, the Sharp J-SH04 came with a 0.11 megapixels camera which enabled users to send their photos electronically.
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This was a massive technological stride forward as it marked the integration of two previously separate devices. The act of combining the camera and mobile phone was the first step in liberating the creative photographic spirit in all of us.
The compact nature of the portable device meant that it was convenient for us to photograph life on the go. The camera phone is now an extension of the human eye. It proved to be an effective tool to capture images in public spaces. It trained us to be alert and mindful of photo taking opportunities.
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Subsequently, the introduction of the smartphone further improved the quality of the mobile phone’s camera. Now boasting photo resolutions of up to 13 megapixels, the quality of mobile photos can no longer be considered as second rate. But, that’s not all.
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The development of mobile phone applications (apps) was also another shot up the mobile photography arm. Traditionally, photographers had to spend hours chained to a computer in order to edit their photos. But with the development of mobile phone apps, anyone can touch up a taken image with ease.
You can now hold the power of Photoshop in the palm of your hand with just an app. Furthermore, these apps cost little to no money at all! Thus, this breaks down the previously high start-up cost and makes it easier for everyone to hop on the photography wagon.
This phenomenon has not gone unnoticed by the social media platforms. Social media conglomerates Instgram and Facebook have seized the situation by going mobile, enabling their users to share their mobile photos with people worldwide. This further enhances the notion of pictures as a communicative language with Instagram boasting over 100 million worldwide users and 4 billion shared photos! The categories of photos are quite varied and can range from food, fashion, music and even travel.
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So what can you do to take better mobile pictures? Here are some of our tips to hone your mobile photography skills!
1. Get in close to your subject
2. Be selective about what is in the photo. You can’t fit it all in.
3. Always have your subject illuminated by just one primary source of lighting.
4. Hold the camera still. You do not want to end up with a blurred subject.
5. Take more than one shot. It is always better to have a variety of shots to choose from.
6. Learn how to use your mobile phone camera effectively. It is essential to know the ins and outs of your equipment.
7. Clean your lens. You don’t want to end up with a smudgy photo.
8. Always remember to bring a spare battery. You don’t want to be out of juice while uploading your photos.
9. Remember to create a camera app shortcut. Time is crucial in mobile photography.
10. It is impossible to take a good photo with a phone flash.
So do you have what it take to be a mobile photographer?
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