"Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again."
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.
-Alan Watts

Sunday, February 20, 2011

To Make You Must Take

In order to Make pictures it helps to be able to Take pictures.

As a photographer or rather as an artist in general I feel it is important to be able to make pictures wherever you are. Often times we're told that the tools we use are important to the images we create…and to an extent this is true. For an architectural photographer to use a 35mm camera would be foolish. It's been done before using medium format rollfim cameras and the work has been successful. I try (not always do I succeed) to have a real camera on me at all times. Often, I'm in such a rush that I leave my apartment, run to the elevator and I'm out the door before I realize I forgot my camera. In today's world it's easy to have a picture taking device on you at all times, it just might not be what you want. Take out your cell phone; more than likely it's got a camera that allows it to take pictures. For a moment disregard all preconceived notions that image quality and megapixel count or negative size is everything. This mindset calls for the most important aspect to be the capturing of the image.

Here are a few examples of where having a cell phone with a camera comes in handy.

©Steve Shilling
©Steve Shilling

©Steve Shilling

Every image above was shot on my little Blackberry which boasts a mere 3.2 megapixels of optical rendering power. That's good for larger than a 4x5 inch print at 300 dpi. I'm not claiming them to be amazing photographs but hey, I wanted to make a picture and my cell phone was the only device on me at the time that met my needs. I've got my favorites though; both of the images in the middle diptych as well as the right image in the first diptych make me smile.

IF however you are still concerned with megapixels than you'll love THIS article about Sony and their release of a 16.41 megapixel CMOS camera phone sensor. When I choose to shoot digital, other than my cell phone all I've got to work with is my Canon 5D at 12.8 megapixels. I've officially been shown up by a cell phone. This is getting ridiculous.



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