Photography is the art of exposing our notions, beliefs, and desires to strangers. And each photo is marked by our personal and intimate interpretation of a particular moment of time. We choose the subject, frame the shot and master the techniques so as to transmit our idea as clearly as possible.
Regardless of what our inspiration is, we all want well-composed pictures of professional-quality.
So should we opt for smartphone cameras or Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras (DSLRs)?
Both ways could allow us to achieve remarkable and quick results. Let's go through the pros of using the well-established creators of photography masterpieces - the DSLRs.
Quality, Versatility, and Battery
Although their prices might raise eyebrows sometimes, nothing really surpasses the depth to which they can create pictures of masterful quality. These cameras are fast, responsive, and create images of stunning clarity.
Shooting with DSLRs leads to marvellous results, not only when photographing static subjects in good light. These cameras are world-renowned since we could control how bright the images are, whether the background is sharp or blurred, and we also have the power to freeze moving subjects. Fortunately, the colour could also be readily adjusted so that they appear natural. By just learning four fundamental things about taking photos with DSLRs: ISO, aperture, shutter speed and white balance, we could master the art of taking a perfect photo, achieving the rich detail we all long for.
Clearly, these cameras have many functions and the outstanding image quality in particular is determined by the lens' quality and the high-resolution sensors the cameras have. In most cases, DSLR lenses are interchangeable. We could achieve great results just by changing our current lens.
It's worth pointing out that DSLR bodies and lenses tend to become more and more compact over the years. All that contributes to better performance. With DSLRs you could definitely enjoy your creativity to a deeper level, if you commit to learning the craft.
They're better at shooting close-ups and they allow us to experiment with action shots. Apart from freezing fast-moving objects, we could also capture a moving object in sharp definition with blurred background. It's also extremely nice that we could take even hundreds and even thousands of photos per battery charge, depending on the model.
All this sounds so good because DSRLs allow us to use manual control. They perform exceptionally well in low-light, easily produce sharp images and give us the chance to be creative with external flash.
Yet, what about the new revolutionists in the world of photography - the smartphones?
Convenience, Multitasking, Sharing
If we want to dominate the dynamic digital landscape, the smartphone will fulfill these desires remarkably quickly. They're lightweight. They're simple. They also allow us to upload pictures wherever we want at the touch of a screen.
Sharing via our functional DSLRs, in general, requires a computer and cables or card readers. Not that convenient.
Smartphone cameras, though, allow us to share quickly. They also give us the option to multitask while uploading, we could be also checking our email or sending a message. One device, billions of options.
Many smartphones also offer free apps to tweak exposure or add filters. Easy to achieve the great edit we need!
Smartphones are portable - the best for unexpected holiday destinations. Let's not forget that some of them are also water resistant. How convenient! We could slip into selfie mode underwater.
Most importantly, we also could send all the photos into cloud storage and preserve them. In the long term, that proves to be very important in the event of a catastrophic breakage.
Even though smartphone cameras offer less autonomy and do not allow us to get the richest possible detail, they're the best gadget we have at short notice.
So the debate is ongoing. What's true is that the smartphones have revolutionised photography.
DSLRs are reacting to this - they're becoming easier to use and more compact.
It's up to you to decide if you would opt for the convenience the smartphone offers, or the outstanding clarity which the DSLR's picture provides.
Let us know what your prefer @PhotoWeekUK