If you’re looking to get stuck into photography, the chances are that you’re already wondering how on earth to afford a decent camera. Surely having a DSLR handy is part and parcel of being able to call yourself a photographer? You can imagine nothing better than framing your days out through that professional-looking lens. That’s the life, isn’t it?
In reality, a DSLR is a beautiful device to take pictures on. These cameras are created by photography lovers, for photography lovers. But, if you’ve done a bit of research, you’ll know that you would have to remortgage the house to afford one. Even old models still cost a pretty penny, and that’s not something we can all afford for a hobby.
The good news is that, with camera phones now better than they’ve ever been, you don’t need a DSLR to get snapping. Even photographers with the best cameras could benefit from shooting on their phones sometimes. Of course, there are certain downsides to doing things this way. Namely, you won’t have access to half the features you get from a decent camera. But, phone shoots more than make up for that with the following benefits.
The best photographs are often those which happen in the spur of the moment. The photographer may see something in the right light, or get hit by inspiration. Either way, they can end up with a better shot than they would after a day of trying. The trouble is that large cameras aren’t easy to carry around. The chances are that you won’t have one on you 99.9% of the time when you spot the ideal scene. But, we ALWAYS have our phones to hand. If you get adept at taking snaps on your smartphone, then, you’ll be able to capture the immediacy of any scene at a moment’s notice.
Phones are always fantastic for connectivity. That is, after all, their original purpose. But, they can also bring connectivity benefits to your pictures. For the most part, users of DSLRs have to invest in wires which allow them to upload pictures onto their computers. If you’re shooting on your phone, though, you can simply upload those pictures straight into an iCloud photo library. They would then be on your computer without any effort on your part. That can save a great deal of time, and simplify every photography session.
Last, a phone-based photo session brings the benefit of creativity. Multiple camera settings are fantastic. Playing with aperture and altering shutter speeds is always satisfying. But, without all those other options, phone photography can fast encourage creative thinking. You won’t have the choice of reaching for settings to ensure the quality of your pictures. Instead, you’ll need to strip things back and really enhance your eye to get capture the perfect image. You’ll have to think hard about your angles and play around with natural lighting. That, in turn, could improve your photography skills in ways that DSLRs could struggle to do.