Top photographer and author Tony Worobiec recognises the power of smartphones and has included a chapter specifically on this topic in his recently published title Photographing Landscape Whatever the Weather.
Tony explains that the technology available in current smartphones enables high-quality imagery and the downloading and editing of pictures is easy and straightforward.
He highlights some of the advantages of a smartphone:
- Ease of use
- Excellent for close-up work
- Wide range of camera apps e.g. filters, special effects
It's the last point, spontaneity, that Tony emphasises. Most of us don’t leave home without our phone so we have the ability to capture interesting images and never miss that unexpected opportunity. Whether that be on a walk to the shops or a longer drive, the phone is there.
This photo was captured on Tony's phone. He had stopped to take the picture when a police car drew up. Assuming initially he had parked irresponsibly he was relieved to see the policeman take out his iPhone and make the same shot!
The ability to use the smartphone camera in black and white mode also enables the possibility of capturing evocative landscape shots. In his book Exploring Black & White Photography: A Masterclass, the author Paul Gallagher provides superb imagery with all the advice you need to extend your skills in this medium, and a smartphone is ideal if you are starting out or have simply stepped out of the house minus your camera.
Nothing beats a good camera but you have a lot of photographic power inside the phone in your pocket.
Enjoy your photography and always know where your phone is, just in case. Then you have no excuse for missing that perfect moment!