Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Smartphone Cameras vs Reality! - by Marques Brownlee

One of the major things that Smartphones do to excel over DSLR and Mirrorless cameras is computational imaging. That is, they have the compute power to many things to change and improve the images.

Many would be surprised to find out how much of this image modification goes on in high end Smartphones. In the video above Marques explains some of the image modification that Smartphones are doing. I was amazed to find out about many of these modifications!

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

The End of Professional Photography - by Lee Morris

This video and the accompanying post by Lee Morris on fstoppers.com highlights the fact that the software on smartphones is getting sophisticated very rapidly and will make conventional cameras obsolete in the near future.

The big factor that Lee points out is AI image processing that is used in art generators like MidJourney and Dall-E 2. There's no reason this kind of image processing couldn't be adapted to smartphones.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Smartphones are REAL cameras - by Tony Northrup


In the above video Tony responds to a poll he did for his readers on whether or not they think Smartphones are real cameras. Since Tony is a long time professional photographer and uses his iPhone 13 Pro Max in much of his work, I think he is in a good position to comment on this subject. I think he does a good job and has many examples that compare images from his iPhone 13 Pro Max and his other cameras.

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Sony says smartphones will kill of the DSLRs within three years

Techradar.com has an article that goes into much more detail on this subject. As described in the article, the President and CEO of Sony Semiconductor Solutions (SSS), Terusi Shimizu, made this assertion in a business meeting in Japan. Also, Sony expects the sensor size in "high-end" model phones to double by 2024.

The broad conclusion of this article is that smartphones are expected to continue their imaging evolution and, for most people, standalone cameras will become redundant.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

iPhone 13: A Photographer's Review - by Tyler Stalman


 Tyler Stalman has a companion video (see above) to the one I cited below that reviews the new features of the iPhone 13 from a Photographers point of view rather than a Filmmaker's point of view.

Great review! Thanks again Tyler.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Tyler Stalman Reviews the iPhone 13 Camera Features

I got my new iPhone 13 Pro on Sept 24 and I've been working hard since then to understand all the great new features. The new features are pretty amazing!

I've found that Tyler Stalman does a great job of explaining and reviewing all the new features. Tyler's video above goes in the the new Cinematic Mode. Another great explication of the new camera features is on Tyler's podcast (listen to it here) where he spends 29 minutes talking to the camera engineers at Apple that designed all the new camera features.

Thanks Tyler for doing such a great job explaining this stuff!

Friday, September 10, 2021

Checkout the iPhonephotographyschool.com site


I wanted suggest that everyone serious about iPhone photography should checkout Emil Pakarklis's iPhonephotographyschool.com site because it it loaded with great advice and iPhone photography tips and tricks. 

The video above is an example of Emil's great work. Even though you probably didn't think you needed any advice about releasing the iPhone shutter Emil gives some great advice for how to use all the shutter release methods.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Do Pro Photographers Use SmartPhones?

Felix Richter over at statista.com did an interesting poll. He asked 881 professional photographers about their use of SmartPhones. 64 percent of the respondents said they use SmartPhones for at least half of their work. See Felix's article here

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Max Yurvev Explains how The iPhone 13 Pros will likely use LiDAR


In the video above Max explains how Apple will probably use LiDAR in the iPhone 13 Pro models to enhance computational photography and make photos and video look like they were shot with a high quality lens that blurs the backgrounds. Very cool technology!

Friday, July 30, 2021

Tony Northup explains the Death of the Consumer Camera


In the above YouTube video Tony Northup explains the Death of the consumer camera or what happened to create the chart below in my June 9th post about the impact of SmartPhones on the camera industry.

Tony's video is going on five years old but this phenomena that he describes has been continuing since he did the video. Each year there are fewer and fewer reasons that demand professional photographers use a DSLR/Mirrorless camera. I think many professionals use DSLR/Mirrorless cameras because that's what they are use to. They understand the controls and nowadays using a big camera makes you look professional and using a Smartphone makes you look like a beginner.

All this is continuing each year. It is interesting to see the amazing jumps in technology that Samsung and Apple take.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Apple Photos App Provides a Smooth Convenient Way To Organize and Edit Your Photos

As a user completely immersed in the Apple ecosystem, and someone that has used Lightroom and Photoshop since it was invented, I find the Apple Photos App a strong motivation to use the iPhone as my main camera.

The photos and video that you shoot just migrate from the iPhone you use to shoot with to your iCloud account and the Photos App of all your other Apple devices (iPad, iMacs and laptops) without you needing to do anything. In the video above Paul Minors describes how he uses these features. This is the way all cameras should work!

While the Photos App provides many useful photo editing features, you will probably want more and it provides a way to use other more powerful editors too. As an example here is a great editing tutorial by Emil Pakarklis from iPhone Photography School.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

The iPhone Photography Book By Scott Kelby

Scott Kelby, the world's best selling photography techniques author has a new book called The iPhone Photography Book that is a very readable and covers iPhone Photography and photo editing.

One feature that I love about this book is that each page covers a single concept, a single tool, or trick that will make your iPhone photos to the next level. This feature makes it very easy to scan through the book and find the particular subjects that you are interested in.

I think it is particularly significant that Scott decided to write this book since Scott is a long time professional photographer and photographic teacher it shows the importance and increasing popularity of iPhone photography.

Even though iPhone photography has been around for years I've never found a comprehensive book like this about the subject. Thanks Scott - great work!