This week it was announced that a whopping 300 million photos are taken every single day on our camera phones and uploaded to Facebook. In fact in the time it took me to type that sentence 52,000 snaps of dogs, drunk friends and all kinds of other weird and wonderful things were beamed straight up to the big F for all to see! But photography wasn’t always such an accessible hobby.
As I was chatting to my uncle at his commercial photography studio the other day, we got to talking about his first experiences of digital cameras in the late 90s. His first digital camera cost an eye-watering £20,000 and required three photos of the subject to be taken with a red, blue and green lens before being combined on a computer. At the time the technology was cutting edge but things have come a long way since.
The conversation got me to thinking about my first camera phone, it sported a 0.2 megapixel camera and took photos that needed a magnifying glass to view on it’s 1.5 inch screen. These days the quality of the cameras on phones has improved so much we can shoot a high quality image, view it, edit it and share it with our friends all over the world in a matter of minutes, and yet millions of us are still unaware of the potential in our devices. If you fall into this category now’s the time to unlock your inner photographer.
Here’s a few tips to get you started and to open your eyes to the world of iPhotography.
- Check out some inspirational camera phone photos here.
- If you’ve got a supported phone, download Instagram. It’s editing feature produce great looking images (see photo).
- Get out and about! Everything has the potential to make a good subject for an image, try and see things from new perspectives.
- For the gadget lovers of you kit out your iPhone with a 360-degree panoramic adaptor.
- Be prepared for any emergency by checking out the Top 50 Emergency Uses For Your Cameraphone.
Most mobile phones have cameras built in so there’s no excuse for not snapping. Who knows, you could be the next Annie Leibovitz!