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On article A photographer's guide to buying a smartphone (152 comments in total)
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TORN: Real camera = photography. Smartphone = snapshooting.

If I would follow this thought I would have to inform the viewers of my pictures about the device I used to take each picture. Otherwise they could run into the „danger“ to see all my pictures as photos … or as snapshots, depending on my skills.

I do not agree in general with people claiming that high technical quality makes a photo. A photo makes a photo and if a phone is capable of taking the picture, it is good enough for me. While a phone is limited in certain ways, it is pretty capable to cover many situations quite well. I concentrate on those and try to live without the others.

No doubt true, if 1) you are taking photos for your own use and the image quality is satisfactory for your use case, or 2) you capture a journalistic event (e.g. George Floyd) where the importance of the event outweighs the quality of the image. However if you are aspiring to sell 3' x 4' and larger metal prints as art, you need both high technical quality and the artistic quality of the image. A smartphone will rarely provide the image quality for enlargements beyond 11x14 or perhaps 16x20 except in optimal conditions or unusual cases. Their low light performance is well understood due to their small sensor size.

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