Our lives are captured in moments. Everything we do and work towards is relished and kept sacred in memories. The most popular and easiest way to seize the moment perfectly is with photography. Pictures are the best way to remember life because within the frame of a picture is a frozen snapshot in time. Particularly with the modern advances of smartphones anyone can take amazing pictures from their hands. Even though they are impressive, smartphone cameras do have their limitations. Most people either move to point-and-shoot cameras, while others go right to DSLR cameras. Either way, upgrading to a specialized camera will make our moments brighter and bring us the love of photography.
Quality of Pictures
Everyone that has the newest smartphones knows how amazing the cameras are on them. They are immensely powerful machines, right in our pockets at all times. The problem is, they only look exceptional on the screen it was designed for. If we take a picture with a smartphone and get it printed, the quality will decrease dramatically. The pictures will become grainy and distorted. With an actual, physical camera the megapixels of the lens is much, much higher. This results in a more detailed picture that won’t distort at high zoom rates. If we want to print or use a computer program on the photo, we need a better capturing source. DSLRs and point-and-shoots fulfill this need perfectly.
Phone cameras are also not adaptable at all. While they do sell clip-on lenses for the iPhones, they do not offer much versatility. A point-and-shoot offers a few more options such as zoom and image stabilization. Then, for the more curious photographers, DSLRs offer interchangeable lenses. This allows us to change our zoom distances and capture better pictures from a greater distance.
With smartphones, there is only one way to take a picture. All we do is open the app and press the small circle on the screen. What we don’t often notice is the slight delay that happens. This can cause the picture to become blurry or distorted. With a camera, they are made to capture moments instantaneously. For example, let’s say we’re photographing a sporting event. If we use a smartphone, the athletes will all be blurry. If we use an actual camera, the pictures will be crisp and fluid while capturing the moment. Movement is very hard to capture in an image. Smartphones will show blurry action. DSLRs and point-and-shoots will capture the moment exactly how it happened.
We See What We Shoot
With smartphones, we look at the screen for everything. Taking pictures is not much different, unfortunately. With all DSLRs and a few point-and-shoots, this is not an option. Most good cameras use viewfinders, which are reflective mirrors. With this as an option, we look down the lens, not a screen. Looking through a lens gives a sense of participation in the act of photography. With a smartphone, we are looking at the screen the entire time.
With smartphones, pictures are instantly available for review. This can result in recreating a moment because the picture wasn’t right. Redoing a picture makes the moment unauthentic and staged, removing the magic from it. With a camera, it is much harder to recapture a moment. Also, cameras usually need pictures to be developed to see them fully. Smartphone pictures usually don’t get printed. They only stay on our phones. Having something physical to hold is much more meaningful than a hard drive full of photos.
Higher-end photography isn’t for everyone. However, the benefits of having a separate camera are worth the initial investment for any person. Pictures are for remembering the moments that have passed. Any way to make them sharper means the world to us.