iPhone Photography & why I made the Switch!

Photography, Smartphone Photography

The feud over which company has the better phone camera has been going on for years and doesn’t seem like it will end anytime in the foreseeable future. Samsung claims that their camera is “first in show” and prides itself on their camera, LG says their phone hosted the first 5-lens camera phone and is THE trend starter, while Apple and their huge loyal iPhone followers claim that they have the best-of-the-best camera phone on the market. So what company truly has the better camera in its phones??

Honestly, I would have to say iPhone.

I know what your thinking “another iPhone fanboy”! But that’s not really the case at all. I started out my love for smartphone photography using Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, then the Note 5 and even the Note 7 until the day I was forced to say goodbye to it due to the “exploding battery debacle” and almost getting kicked off a plane for still having one, resulting in me getting the LG V20.

But that topic is for another blog maybe in the future lol.

Samsung’s phones today have really good cameras and more importantly, they allow you to adjust the ISO, White Balance, Shutter speed etc. manually right through the native camera. This is something that LG didn’t offer until later while iPhones still don’t offer it unless you download or purchase 3rd party apps.

So when I gave up Samsung for LG it was an easy transition. In fact, the LG V20 had more capabilities in its arsenal for camera manual controls than the Note 7 did. I could adjust the shutter speed longer and ISO higher to capture pictures of the stars or get really unique long exposure shots which just added to my love of photography. This is when I became a LG “FanBoy” and hated everything Apple and iPhone. Just like I did with Samsung, I got the latest LG V series phones and all proved better than the other and way better than an iPhone. I would always get into heated debates and argue with my co-workers who own iPhones that LG or even Samsung took better photos, that LG and Samsung’s hardware in their cameras outshined the iPhone’s camera in every way, and that they had far more manual options to choose from than their competitor Apple. Meanwhile, that still hold true today. Samsung and LG still offer their own versions of a manual mode while Apple  doesn’t.

So with all that being said, how and why did I make the switch to iPhone? Work really was the number one driving factor. I work overseas and the majority of people seem to communicate through iMessage, as to not have to pay the ridiculous added fees from one carrier to another. As reluctant as I was to switch or give up my LG V40, I really had no viable option but to use an iPhone as my daily driver. Plus, I could still use my LG V40 as my go to camera for photography!!!

But…after using the both phones to take photos of the same objects and landscapes for about 3 months, I discovered that while yes, the LG V40 has a lot more options in regards to camera, video control and other nice gimmicks, iPhones made up for that by taking a more color accurate, all around natural looking photo.

When doing side by side comparisons, LG overly sharpens their images and I find myself always trying to soften them up to achieve the same look I get when simply snapping a photo with an iPhone. Apple photos have the correct balance of sharpness and saturation therefore, I don’t need to spend extra time in post.

Plus, let’s be honest, the average person doesn’t really go into manual or pro modes to take a photo. Point, Shoot and Post is the strategy for most. But as a photographer, I would like the option and ability to dive into the manual settings of my camera and adjust on the fly via the native camera app in the iPhone to achieve a certain look, especially for long exposure photography.

The one thing that iPhone does better than any other smartphone camera on the market I have used is Portrait Mode! I have found myself taking more Selfies with my single lens iPhone XR than I did with Samsung or LG. The quality and results are amazing! Just the right depth, bokeh and look all around compared to the others. And let’s face it, everyone likes a good selfie whether you want to admit or not.

Here’s a preview of some of my iPhone photography. See my full gallery on Instagram.

So that’s why I made to the switch! If you want to see what you can achieve with smartphone cameras, visit my Instagram page @Smartpicsbytripp and let me know what you think. Until next time, remember the best camera you have might be the one in your hand right now.

Smartphone Long Exposure Tips.

Smartphone Photography

So you want to capture that amazing star gazing photo or even just brighten up that night shot with your Smartphone but it’s always way under exposed and colors are not as vibrant as you see them with ur naked eye?

Well these tips will definitely help you capture your star gazing evening outing. Are you ready?

Tip number 1:

Invest in a decent Tripod and smartphone mount. These are essential pieces of equipment to capture those stars so they stay clear and bright and not lines of blur and shakiness. It doesn’t have to be an expensive ones either… Just something durable enough to hold up against slight winds and to properly secure your phone. I use a Manfrotto 60″ adjustable tripod. It cost me around $50 from Best Buy and came with a phone mount.

Tip number 2:

Wipe clean your camera lense with a soft cloth like a microfiber or even your T-shirt as long as it’s clean. Nothing is worse than taking what would have been a great photo only….. It has a smudge look due to your fingerprints. I still have to remind myself to do this after I take my phone out of my pocket before i snap that first photo. Also another tip in this is if your taking photos by the ocean to ensure to wipe your lense(s) have every so snaps to avoid the build up of salt, fog and mist caused by the sea breeze and elements.

Tip number 3 :

Shoot in Lanscape, when taking pics of sceneries. Place your phone in the mount horizontally, this will capture more of area your shooting, paints that better picture for your viewers.

To capture those portraits hold your phone vertically. This allows you to capture your subject better and have them appear closure.

Remember: landscapes are horizontal and Portraits are vertical.

Tip number 4 :

Ditch auto mode and use your cameras manual mode or pro mode depending on what brand your phone calls it. By doing so you get to tap deeper into your camera setting letting you adjust your ISO, White Balance, Shutter Speed / Exposure and even focus point. Another note…set a timer at least 3 sec. Adjust these settings until you achieve the desired look and feel your going for.

So now that you have the tips for low light, slow shutter and long exposure Photography with your smartphone, it’s time to get out there and put them to work. Have fun, be bold, and remember have fun doing it.

Below are a few more examples of Long Exposure Photography taken with an LG V30.

The Smartphone Photography Debate!

Photography, Smartphone Photography

Todays smartphones host a number of features to make our daily lives easier, and more convenient. From biometrics and personal assistants to video and audio chat, smartphones can do it all. While all these features are amazing and really helpful in our busy lives, the one thing that has been underrated and overlooked is the camera!

Today’s smartphone cameras are top-of-the-line and seem to get better and better every year. They are a huge step up from the 2-5 megapixel (MP) cameras that once were the standard. Now the standard is an 8MP front facing or selfie camera and 12MP rear facing camera. Of course 2018 flagship phones have set a new standard with 16 to 24 MP camera quality enabling you to create even better content right from your fingertips.

Smartphone photography is here and it’s here to stay! There will always be the debate between DLSR and smartphones. Now I will admit and agree that smartphones are not up to par with DSLR or Mirror-less full body cameras… yet! But they definitely do compete, and I firmly believe that convenience alone makes smartphone photography/videography the “go-to” over full body cameras.

Why is smartphone photography the winner? Accessibility! This day and age we have our phones on us ALL the time or at least arms length away. After all it’s our lifeline right?! We would never accidentally leave home without it. But with a DSLR camera we might forget a lens or those extra batteries. Then there’s the whole setting up the full body camera and adjusting the settings to take a picture. Blah, blah, blah. But with your phone you just take it out of your pocket, align your shot and capture! And to go one further, you can share that same photo with the world within seconds right from that same device. You don’t have to take a memory card out, put it into a laptop, download the files, etc, etc.

I’m not totally dismissing the need for full body cameras, but the accessibility of smartphone photography is unmatched.

Between the high quality mega pixels, 4k 30 FPS/60 FPS video, audio quality and instant sharing, today’s smartphones are an all-in-one content creator for those on the go and for those who don’t want to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on all sorts of equipment to achieve similar effects.

So what do you think? Is Smartphone Photography here to stay or will it fizzle out?

Leave a comment below. I would really like to hear your thoughts.