Why isn't a photo from a phone camera, not a proper photo?

by Sutha Siva October. 18, 2020 159 views

Phone cameras as everyone knows are top of the line and very high quality. They now come with multiple optics (lens) and the image quality is better than entry level digital SLRs and Mirrorless. As the adage goes, the best camera is the one to hand. So why do I still feel the photographs are not "proper"?

From the onset, these are musing of someone on a first world problem and there lies the disclaimer.

The viewfinder or the lack of: I do struggle with not having a viewfinder, as when composing a photo on a phone, the view is already an interpreted image, as what you see is what is on the phone's screen. Yes, every camera interprets every the captured image, but I have a personal preference for composing it in an unaltered manner.

Phone images stay on the phone, mostly. Very hardly would I look at an image from the phone on a larger medium. Hence, all that "quality" is always viewed on a small screen where the subtlety of an image is lost. Add to that, the social media sharing of images only encourage the rapid swipe behaviour of viewing images, the image is always lost or only cursory glance.

All thumbs, being able to "spot meter" or "bracket" a photograph on a phone is painful, when you are all thumbs. Most times, I fail miserably to achieve either. That does add to the frustration of phone photography.

Having said all that, when you do take the time to appreciate the photographs from a phone on a larger medium, they are very good. So message to self, take the time to view and appreciate photos from a phone on something larger than a phone!

Taken with an iPhone and no modifications applied. Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Taken with an iPhone and no modifications applied. Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Taken with an iPhone and no modifications applied. Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Taken with an iPhone and no modifications applied. Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Taken with an iPhone and no modifications applied. Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Taken with an iPhone and no modifications applied. Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

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Camellia Staab 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Beautiful captures. I agree with every word and on occasion I do use my cellphone to take a photo.  I have found that my particular cellphone, now a few years old is no longer producing good quality photos as compared with the newer cellphone/iphone, hence I find myself always wanting my dslr with me when wanting to capture phoos that I want to share with others. In my last post I used  photos capture with my regular camera and a few taken with a cellphone. There is definitely a variance in quality when I compare the two types of captures.

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Berckmans Peter 1 month, 2 weeks ago

You can take a good photo with every medium,is it a phone or a Hasselblad . The camera and the lens are there to convert the photo in your mind to one that everybody can enjoy . One has got more limits than the other, but that is fading because many photos do not make it further than the phone or the pc .

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Brian Scott 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I'm with you (or your thoughts) on this one. I've taken some ;lovely shots, in my opinion, of course, with ,y phone, in fact, I bought it with that in mind but, there is definitely something ..... not quite right? So, I bought a decent pocket camera to alleviate that. That said, I tag my phone phots as phonography, to differentiate. Lovely set, of a lovely location +1

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