A few nice Best Smartphone images I found:
Working on a Macbook — Credits to https://costculator.com/
Image by FootMassagez
Must Credit to: ‘http://costculator.com/best-rowing-machine-reviews/’ not to Flickr.
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Waiting for a bus….
Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: I’ve started a new blog about photography-related issues; any of my recent Flickr photos that end up being listed as "public" will show up there, and you can find the "non-picture" blog postings here on Tumblr: www.tumblr.com/blog/yourdonphotography.
I saw this scene at the entrance to the uptown IRT subway station at 94th and Broadway, which also happens to be one of the bus stops for the uptown M104 bus.
I thought the relationship between the mother and daughter (if that is indeed what they are, an assumption that’s not always accurate these days) was a nice one, and I wanted to capture it with a photograph. So I did …
Note: moments after I uploaded the photo, it was "faved" by one of my loyal Flickr friends … so I’ve changed its status to "public."
Whether you’re an amateur or professional photographer, it’s hard to walk around with a modern smartphone in your pocket, and not be tempted to use the built-in camera from time-to-time. Veteran photographers typically sneer at such behavior, and most will tell you that they can instantly recognize an iPhone photo, which they mentally reject as being unworthy of any serious attention.
After using many earlier models of smartphones over the past several years, I was inclined to agree; after all, I always (well, almost always) had a “real” camera in my pocket (or backpack or camera-bag), and it was always capable of taking a much better photographic image than the mediocre, grainy images shot with a camera-phone.
But still … there were a few occasions when I desperately wanted to capture some photo-worthy event taking place right in front of me, and inevitably it turned out to be the times when I did not have the “real” camera with me. Or I did have it, but it was buried somewhere in a bag, and I knew that the “event” would have disappeared by the time I found the “real" camera and turned it on. By contrast, the smart-phone was always in my pocket (along with my keys and my wallet, it’s one of the three things I consciously grab every time I walk out the door). And I often found that I could turn it on, point it at the photographic scene, and take the picture much faster than I could do the same thing with a “traditional” camera.
Meanwhile, smartphone cameras have gotten substantially better in the past few years, from a mechanical/hardware perspective; and the software “intelligence” controlling the camera has become amazingly sophisticated. It’s still not on the same level as a “professional” DSLR camera, but for a large majority of the “average” photographic situations we’re likely to encounter in the unplanned moments of our lives, it’s more and more likely to be “good enough.” The old adage of “the best camera is the one you have with you” is more and more relevant these days. For me, 90% of the success in taking a good photo is simply being in the right place at the right time, being aware that the “photo opportunity” is there, and having a camera — any camera — to take advantage of that opportunity. Only 10% of the time does it matter which camera I’m using, or what technical features I’ve managed to use.
And now, with the recent advent of the iPhone5s, there is one more improvement — which, as far as I can tell, simply does not exist in any of the “professional” cameras. You can take an unlimited number of “burst-mode” shots with the new iPhone, simply by keeping your finger on the shutter button; instead of being limited to just six (as a few of the DSLR cameras currently offer), you can take 10, 20, or even a hundred shots. And then — almost magically — the iPhone will show you which one or two of the large burst of photos was optimally sharp and clear. With a couple of clicks, you can then delete everything else, and retain only the very best one or two from the entire burst.
With that in mind, I’ve begun using my iPhone5s for more and more “everyday” photo situations out on the street. Since I’m typically photographing ordinary, mundane events, even the one or two “optimal” shots that the camera-phone retains might not be worth showing anyone else … so there is still a lot of pruning and editing to be done, and I’m lucky if 10% of those “optimal” shots are good enough to justify uploading to Flickr and sharing with the rest of the world. Still, it’s an enormous benefit to know that my editing work can begin with photos that are more-or-less “technically” adequate, and that I don’t have to waste even a second reviewing dozens of technically-mediocre shots that are fuzzy, or blurred.
Oh, yeah, one other minor benefit of the iPhone5s (and presumably most other current brands of smartphone): it automatically geotags every photo and video, without any special effort on the photographer’s part. Only one of my other big, fat cameras (the Sony Alpha SLT A65) has that feature, and I’ve noticed that almost none of the “new” mirrorless cameras have got a built-in GPS thingy that will perform the geotagging…
I’ve had my iPhone5s for a couple of months now, but I’ve only been using the “burst-mode” photography feature aggressively for the past couple of weeks. As a result, the initial batch of photos that I’m uploading are all taken in the greater-NYC area. But as time goes on, and as my normal travel routine takes me to other parts of the world, I hope to add more and more “everyday” scenes in cities that I might not have the opportunity to photograph in a “serious” way.
Rome, Nov 2012 — 03
Image by Ed Yourdon
We had lunch one day at the Canova cafe, at the edge of Piazza del Popolo. This was one of the scenes as we looked toward the piazza itself…
Unlike the previous photo, it’s a little more evident that these people are part of the same family. Still, the father seems somewhat tuned out …
Note: I chose this as my "photo of the day" for Dec 6, 2012.
Note: this photo was published in a Jul 11, 2014 blog titled "10 Things to Leave In Europe and Save Money."
Moving into 2015, the photo was published in an Apr 22, 2015 blog titled "How to set up your American iPhone when traveling in Europe to avoid a billing ‘surprise’
I’ve been lucky enough to visit Rome dozens of times since I first celebrated a solitary birthday there back in 1972. Since then, I’ve often come alone (usually on business trips to lecture about various aspects of software development), and I’ve sometimes managed to bring various children and/or my wife. This time, I had the pleasure of bringing along one of my sisters, as a birthday present to commemorate her own first visit to the Eternal City.
Ironically, I’ve only been to a few of the museums and churches in Rome, so my sister had to organize her own visits to places like the Vatican and the Borghese museum — as well as the Coliseum (which I have seen on a couple of occasions) and several other obligatory tourist sites. But I was able to take her to several of the outdoor "walking around" places that I know, like the Spanish Steps, and Piazza del Popolo, and Campo di’Fiori, and Piazza Navona, and the walk along the river past Castel Sant’Angelo.
One reason for taking her to all of these places was their photographic appeal. My sister is a better photographer than I am, and she had a couple good cameras with her, so I wanted to make sure she would see some places that literally cry out to be photographed. Of course, everything in Rome cries out to be photographed, so I knew that she would have no shortage of subjects to capture with her camera.
As for me: well, I decided to leave my big, fancy DSLR at home so that I would not tune out, leave my sister in the lurch, and wander off on my own photographic expedition. Instead, I brought only my Nikon Coolpix P7700 — which is somewhat bulky (about the size of the Canon G11 and G12, or the earlier Coolpix P7100 and P7000), but still technically a "pocket" camera. Because the camera was still relatively new on this trip, Apple had not yet updated its Aperture photo-processing program to support RAW images .. so I shot everything in JPEG format.
I normally shoot thousands of photos (hence my concern about "tuning out"), from which I select several dozen to upload to Flickr. This time, I shot only a few hundred … from which I selected these dozen for Flickr. Ironically, my two favorites are not the JPEG "still" photos, but rather the video clips that I shot of the starlings swarming above the Tiber River near Castel Sant’Angelo, and of the military marching band that played in the late-afternoon rain in Piazza del Popolo. Maybe I should just leave my camera in video mode on future visits, and see what I can find…