Photography Explained

Is It Better To Take Photos With A Camera Or A Phone?

July 06, 2021 Rick McEvoy Episode 76
Photography Explained
Is It Better To Take Photos With A Camera Or A Phone?
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Is It Better To Take Photos With A Camera Or A Phone?
Jul 06, 2021 Episode 76
Rick McEvoy

Is It Better To Take Photos With A Camera Or A Phone? Hi and welcome to Episode 76 of the Photography Explained podcast.

I’m your host Rick, and in each episode I will explain one photographic thing to you in plain English in less than 10 minutes (ish) without the irrelevant details. What I tell you is based on my lifetime of photographic experience. And not Google.

Here is my answer
It is better that you take photos than not take photos. It is not better to take photos with a camera or a phone, it just depends on what you have with you, and what you want from the photos. If you are doing a high end shoot then fine, use a fancy camera. And if you are on a walk in the park then fine, use your phone. And for everything else in between? It really does not matter. Enjoying photography is what matters.

Right, I am glad I got that off my chest.

Listen for more, or check out the transcript and even the blog post - so many ways to find out more!

What’s next?
Glad you asked! In Photography Explained Podcast 77, If phone cameras are so good, should you buy a digital camera in 2021?

What to ask a question?
Head over to the Want Me To Explain Something? page on the Photography Explained website and fill the form in and you are done!

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Show Notes Transcript

Is It Better To Take Photos With A Camera Or A Phone? Hi and welcome to Episode 76 of the Photography Explained podcast.

I’m your host Rick, and in each episode I will explain one photographic thing to you in plain English in less than 10 minutes (ish) without the irrelevant details. What I tell you is based on my lifetime of photographic experience. And not Google.

Here is my answer
It is better that you take photos than not take photos. It is not better to take photos with a camera or a phone, it just depends on what you have with you, and what you want from the photos. If you are doing a high end shoot then fine, use a fancy camera. And if you are on a walk in the park then fine, use your phone. And for everything else in between? It really does not matter. Enjoying photography is what matters.

Right, I am glad I got that off my chest.

Listen for more, or check out the transcript and even the blog post - so many ways to find out more!

What’s next?
Glad you asked! In Photography Explained Podcast 77, If phone cameras are so good, should you buy a digital camera in 2021?

What to ask a question?
Head over to the Want Me To Explain Something? page on the Photography Explained website and fill the form in and you are done!

Check out my my blog
Check out my photography blog where you will find lots more photography stuff all written by me.

Did you enjoy this episode?
If you did please do the following, which will help me and not take too much time.
·         Rate and review my podcast
·         Subscribe
·         Tell anyone you think might like my podcast

Thank you very much for listening and see you on the next episode.

Rick McEvoy – Photography Explained Podcast


Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/Rickmcevoy)

This is not a transcript - this is the actual script. The ad libs and mistakes are in the spoken bit!  
Is It Better To Take Photos With A Camera Or A Phone? Hi and welcome to Episode 76 of the Photography Explained podcast.

I’m your host Rick, and in each episode I will try to explain one photographic thing to you in plain English in less than 10 minutes (ish) without the irrelevant details. What I tell you is based on my lifetime of photographic experience. And not Google.

 Before I go on if you have a question you would like me to answer just go to photographyexplainedpodcast.com/start.

Here is the answery bit

It is better that you take photos than not take photos. It is not better to take photos with a camera or a phone, it just depends on what you have with you, and what you want from the photos. If you are doing a high end shoot then fine, use a fancy camera. And if you are on a walk in the park then fine, use your phone. And for everything else in between? It really does not matter. Enjoying photography is what matters.

Right, I am glad I got that off my chest.

Photography snobbery

You will have to forgive me, but this is a bit of a rant episode. I have witnessed various acts of photography snobbery over the years. This has been in person, in camera shops, in podcasts and of course online.

I have heard people rubbish others for taking photos with phones, completely dismissing this as not being proper photography.

I have heard people say that to be a proper photographer you have to shoot in manual.

I have heard people being rubbished for wearing the camera neck strap that comes with the camera.

But most of all I have heard phone photography being completely dismissed.

And I hate that.

Can you take professional photos with a phone?

I have already covered that in the episode titled, erm, Can You Take Professional Photos With A Phone? With A Phone? Really? Check it out, it was episode 72.

Do you get better photos with a camera than with a phone?

Probably, but this is not a given, not anymore.

Is mobile phone photography relevant?

Of course it is. It is completely valid and relevant. Photography is, after all, drawing with light. Photography is not about having the best camera, it is about taking photos and recording the light.

A phone these days is a camera. It just happens to be in a phone.

Camera phones are miracles of technology.

You might not have a camera?

Another arrogant assumption made of people who take photos with phones – what if they cannot afford a camera? Does this exclude them from the wonderful world that is photography?

Well in some peoples small-minded eyes yes, but not mine.

The camera with you

The camera with you is your best camera, so if it is your phone then great, and if it is your camera equally great. On a commercial shoot I will take photos with my phone of my camera taking photos, and also of what I am taking photos of with my phone so I can publish them immediately.

This is a perfectly valid use of a phone camera in commercial work – I can’t exactly get the photos off my Canon 6D in the press of a button now can I?

When do you need a camera?

Well I will say this. You can, in general terms, get higher quality images with a camera than you can with a phone. That is a fact.

Cameras have larger sensors, are built solely as cameras, and have higher quality optics than the lenses in phones. It is just a fact.

So to put it simply, if you need higher quality photos than you can take with a phone you need a camera. That is it. And if you do not have a camera your phone will give you the highest quality images you can capture.

When can you use your phone to take photos?

Anytime you want, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Can anyone tell the difference?

This is the thing. Can you tell the difference? I would say in a lot of cases no, you cannot tell the difference.

How many of us view photos at 100% magnification, or on large prints? Not many of us I bet. And those who use phones probably only view their photos on their phones, iPads and maybe PC monitors?

Sure the quality will not be as good, but does it really matter?

A lot of the time it does not.

Remember they are different.

Cameras and the phones in cameras are different. You use them in different ways to take photos.

The talky bit

I have said this before, and I will say it again here.

  • You can take great photos with a great camera.
  • You can take rubbish photos with a great camera.
  • You can take great photos with a phone.
  • You can take rubbish photos with a phone

How do you take better photos?

The number one way to improve your photography, and the number one way for me to improve my photography, is to practise, practise, practise.

You are probably sick of hearing me say this by now, but it is so true.

And this is with any camera, any device that can take photos, be it a camera or a phone.

If you only have a phone fine, your photos are just as valid as the ones I take with a full frame DSLR and Canon pro lenses.

Practise matters, as does getting the composition and exposure correct. These are the things that matter, these are the things that we should all be focussing on (pun intended).

It is not what device you used to take the photos, it is the content of the photo that you created that matters.

This is how I see it, I am fortunate enough to have a high quality camera, great lenses, and also an iPhone, I use these together, it is not either or, they are different tools that work together in different ways to help me to get the photos I want.

Blimey – I feel better now for getting that little lot off my chest!

My one line summary

It is not better taking photos with a camera or a phone, it just depends. On a lot of things.

Next episode

Episode 77 – If phone cameras are so good, should you buy a digital camera in 2021?

Going weekly

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Shout out
This weeks shout out is to the first person to ask me a question, the wonderful Nickie aka wifey.

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I’ve been Rick McEvoy, thanks again very much for listening to me and for giving me 10 (ish) minutes of your valuable time, and I will see you on the next episode.

Cheers from me Rick