The camera in your pocket

Dave Williams here for #TravelTuesday, as always, on This week, I want to touch on the best camera out there – the one in your pocket.

Almost every one of us has a phone in our pocket. These phones are now capable of helping us to create awesome images, alongside the mobile editing apps available to us, such as Adobe Photoshop. The performance of mobile phone cameras has grown massively in recent years, affording us the ability to shoot in a way similar to when we’re shooting on our “proper camera”. Noise performance in low light, dynamic range, shutter speed, and other features have been added to camera phones, which give us so much more freedom to be truly creative with them.

When we’re out and about, not necessarily with our camera in tow, it’s more true now than ever that the best camera we have is the one in our pocket. This is so true, in fact, that Scott has released a book detailing all the reasons why and how to make the most of these amazing pieces of kit.

I’ve often found myself “caught short,” so to say, and have resorted to using my iPhone to take a photo. That said, I’ve also used my iPhone in place of my camera, or in addition to using my camera. Sometimes when working on a tripod, or when taking a long exposure and having the camera unavailable at any given moment, our phone takes its place and allows us to carry on shooting, particularly in moments where the opportunity may pass.

This is a selfie taken right after I delivered the last line to camera for my latest KelbyOne class. It’s an iPhone shot, edited in my phone using Adobe Photoshop and LD (Lens Distortions).

Here’s my 3LeggedThing in Reine, Norway. As is obvious, my camera is in the photo – I took this with my iPhone as a long exposure and edited it in the phone with Snapseed.

This iPhone shot, from the Italian Dolomites, demonstrates the dynamic range on offer to us, right in our pockets.

This iPhone shot from Iceland shows the artificial broken we can have on our images by utilising a phone camera with more than one lens, combining images right in the phone to separate a subject (me, of course) from the background.

And this is me, with walking legend, Mark Heaps, at Byron Burger in London…because that’s also what our phones are for!

I’ll reiterate something I’ve already said, but only because it makes so much sense: The camera on our phone is more powerful than ever, and the best camera we have is the one we have in our pocket.

Use your phone camera as often as you can. Get to grips with all it can do, so you can take advantage of it to create some great photos. You won’t regret it.

Much love


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