Why You should Shoot Photos with Your Smartphone / by William Wallace

Imagine seeing an amazing photo and someone tells you that it was shot with a phone. With a bit of doubt you listen but you've already convinced yourself that a photo "that good" can't be from a phone. That's what I thought several years ago and then a friend of mine showed me some of the photos he had taken and edited on his iPhone. I remember looking at that iPhone screen of his and thinking, "I've got to do this!"

The Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee (Nokia Lumia 1020)

The Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee (Nokia Lumia 1020)

I want you to understand that I am not a professional photographer. Sure, I've been wowed by professional photos that I've seen before and wished that I had the knowledge, skill, and equipment needed to produce those amazing shots. What I didn't understand at that time was that good photos come first from the eye of the photographer and then find their way into the camera.

. . . good photos come first from the eye of the photographer and then find their way into the camera.

So theoretically, if you know what to look for and have a basic knowledge of the photography rules of composition and technique, you can take the camera you have available to you and produce some amazing photos. Let's face it. Even if you're given a DSLR camera, the likelihood of you carrying it with you everywhere you go is slim to none. However, your smartphone is with you practically everywhere you go, so if you have an interest at all in photography, it's time to put your phone to good use. Many times we limit our desire to create because we feel that we don't have what it takes. While you may not have photographic creativity naturally, I believe it can be developed or enhanced in your life if you're willing to take some risks and explore.

Snow Chariot (Samsung Galaxy S4)

Snow Chariot (Samsung Galaxy S4)

In 2012 as Androids were included into the Instagram family, I began to avidly pursue smartphone photography. I looked at what others were doing with their smartphones, read articles on the subject, and continued to shoot a lot of photos of everything as I tried to discover what I enjoyed capturing the most. Looking back I can see that photos of the rocks, the plants, the hair on my arms, and a large volume of other photos were not good at all. However, I kept shooting, experimenting, and discovering what worked for me.

My ultimate goal in smartphone photography was to find an outlet for creative expression. In order to do that well, I strive to get better at shooting photos with my phone. In the SmartPhotos Blog my goal will be to share skills and insights that I've gained over the years. If you apply these to your own mobile photography, the quality of your photos and the enjoyment you receive, will grow tremendously.

So let me encourage you to follow along and discover the fun you will have in shooting SmartPhotos!