A veteran photojournalist discusses how photojournalists try to survive in an era that devalues great photography and great photojournalism. NYT.
Sara Al-Balooshi Is Breaking the Rules of Photography (The National, 2015). Her Instagram account is fascinating — images created by an Arabic and Emirati woman with her own unique vision and style.
Smart phones now have such sophisticated cameras that it is no longer necessary to purchase a high-end, brand-name SLR camera in order to take great pictures. To illustrate, the photo in the banner above for this blog was taken with a simple smart phone, purchased in 2013.
My previous smart phone, purchased in 2011, couldn’t take anything close to a fine picture like that.
So, we are currently seeing a revolution in smart phone photography capabilities. Peruse these links:
- Smartphone Camera Lenses Are Leading to A Mobile Photography Revolution
- The Mobile Photography Revolution. Smart phones killed the point-and-shoot. “The point-and-shoot can’t take photos well enough to compete with the big cameras, and it’s not portable or flexible enough to go toe-to-toe with modern smartphones.”
- Leading the Revolution in Smart-phone Photography
- Smart phones have democratized photography.
- Your camera doesn’t matter anymore.
- Defending cameras from the smart phone revolution.
One of the first things I ask students in Photojournalism class to do is to research the full capabilities of their smart phones and post videos, reviews and links to their blogs.
Here’s mine, a LG G2:
My camera is a Nikon D5300.
Seth Fiegerman in Mashable: “The algorithms have spoken: I am an anti-social homebody who spends a great deal of his free time photographing the same few cats, meals and sunsets. I travel occasionally, but mostly along the East Coast near where I live. And I spend almost all of my time with a small group of half a dozen people — rarely at the same time.
“That, at least, is my takeaway after a weekend of studying (or perhaps overstudying) the groupings and trends in Google Photos. The application, easily the most buzzed-about announcement from Google’s big developer conference last week, automatically scans, backs up and organizes the massive heap of photos kept on your smartphone.” MORE.