Photography is said to be an art, and most art is a function of inspiration. Many begin the journey but because of the wrong motivation and lack of inspiration, 99% tend to quit.
The mobile photography space has grown since 2000 when the first smartphone came out, now there are many smartphones with as good of a camera as a DSLR camera.
The philosophy of “the best camera is the one that’s always in your reach”, is fulfilled by our mobile device; being in our reach anywhere and every time.
All being said, to be a successful mobile photographer, the right motivation and inspiration are needed.
So in this article, we will discuss everything needed for you to be a successful photographer.
Evolution of Mobile Cameras
Starting from the first mobile camera in the 2000s, these days were the starting point and as you can guess, there wasn’t much growth due to the early stage of such technology.
Then in the following years, the market’s enthusiasm for mobile phone camera functionality awakened innovations from different companies, and this quickly become the selling point of mobile phones.
Then there came 2007, this year is said to be the first year of modern mobile phone photography. This is because it was in this year that the first generation iPhone was born.
Although it boasts only 2 million pixels, its subvarieties rely on its execution from hardware to software ecology.
And most of the photography and video used nowadays have the bests performance on the IOS, and the appearance of the iPhone is a milestone for the whole photography field.
It is important to note that, by the time the first-generation iPhone and Android phones were released, they didn’t use photography as a selling point. This is because, even though the first iPhone had cameras; it wasn’t practical and its shooting was mediocre.
Then the iPhone 4 came out and this is a great leap forward in the camera of mobile phones(especially the iPhone). And this also promoted the growth of cameras in Android phones too.
These mobile phone cameras had great features such as automatic focusing, facial recognition, anti-shake functions, and support for panoramic scanning shooting.
Although these are still the core technologies at the moment, it was at that time that they began to precipitate
And the rise of social media has made photography an important social necessity. Hence, the mobile photograph has become an important feature of mobile phone designs.
This propels different phone companies, such as the iPhone, Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, etc., to create great cameras to meet consumers’ needs. And now we have mobile phones with cameras as good as a DSLR.
Advantages Of Mobile Photography Over Traditional Cameras
Accessibility is one of the main advantages of mobile photography. Without having to carry around heavy equipment, we can capture moments as they happen with a smartphone camera that is always at our disposal.
This is especially helpful for people who are travelling or otherwise on the go and want to record their experiences but don’t want to carry around a lot of gear.
Additionally, mobile photography enables simple connectivity and sharing through social media platforms, enabling us to share our lives in real time with friends and family.
A further advantage of mobile photography is the freedom to experiment and have fun with different artistic methods.
Numerous filters and editing tools are available in apps like Instagram, VSCO, and Snapseed to improve photos and give them a unique touch.
For amateur and professional photographers who use their phones as a tool for experimentation and inspiration, this has opened up a new world of self-expression and creativity.
Mobile phone is convenient to use; after all, the phone belongs to you, and you just carry it and all you do is click, edit, and post.
And no matter how much editing is done, the convenience that it’s all happening on the same phone, and no stress of compressing, transferring, etc.
Owning a phone is less expensive than a DSLR. The average price of a high-end mobile phone is $1000, and a DSLR costs a whopping $25,500 to $5,499.
Yes, this is fast and also easy to use, especially for beginners. And along with it being fast, its saves time and also money.
Seeking Inspiration From Everyday Life
Embracing the beauty of the mundane: There are many ways to explain this. As said earlier photography is art, being able to form a meaningful story out of mundane things, Essentially things lacking interest or excitement. Like this picture below:
Finding Unique Perspectives in Common Subjects: An example of these could be the common things around you, like your table, chair, building around you, etc. This is a picture captured by me:
Capturing Fleeting Moments and Emotions: Capturing moments, and events, expressing emotion with the picture. Take a look at one of my pictures.
Tapping Into the Essence of Storytelling Through Mobile Photography: This is a picture that tells a story or passes a message. Below is an instant taken by me:
Exploring Nature’s Wonders
Immersing in The Natural World Through Mobile Photography: By exploring the beauty and value of the natural world, and creating great stories/moments through photography.
Utilizing Natural Light to Enhance Mobile Photography:
Macro photography with Mobile Devices: This is all about taking pictures bigger than it is in real life; i.e., an extreme close-up shot of a small object.
Tips For Capturing Stunning Photograph With A Mobile Phone
Here are great tips for capturing stunning photographs with a mobile phone:
Shoot now, Zoom Picture Later: When shooting photographs, you want to preserve the quality of the picture; so it is always advised to zoom into the pictures to preserve the quality considering phones has less resolution than DSLR cameras.
Adjust the Focus and Exposure: Before shooting the picture, it is important to adjust the focus ao the focal point of the picture is sharp and properly exposed. And also adjusting the light exposure of the mobile camera is important to ensure the best outcome after the shoot.
Utilize Girdlines to Balance The Shot: Probably the best way to improve your photos. Turning on the guard line superimposes a series of lines on the screen that are based on the rule of thrids- helping you to place points of interest in these intersections or along the lines, your photo will be more balanced, and level, and allow viewers to interact with it more naturally.
Utilize Natural Light: Using a flash makes a photo look overexposed. Most of the time, using flash affects the photograph negatively, altering colours and making human subjects look washed out. Natural light is an advantage, enabling you to play with shadows, as you can see in the photo below.
Take One Picture From a Different Perspective: Capturing images from different angles guarantee a unique and best result. Most photographs are taken either in portrait or landscape, you can tale pictures facing up, down or from the sides.
Nugget: The best place to find your inspiration and motivtion is in whatever it is your are interested in. Photography is a art; and is applicable in different professions, so you can be inspired even in medicine, journalism, nature, landscape, engineering, cars, Tech,etc.
With everything in this post, first the tips in this article is peculiar to your specific niches, either nature photograpohy, landscape, potrait, etc; you should able to find your source of inspiration.
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