The Humble Cameraphone

 
Besides allowing you to shoot self portraits, cellphones make for easy editing of images, like creating this collage for instance. Photograph/Raj Lalwani

Besides allowing you to shoot self portraits, cellphones make for easy editing of images, like creating this collage for instance. Shot with: HTC Wildfire Photograph/Raj Lalwani

Conchita Fernandes gives the cellphone camera a second look while at the same time introducing you to facts you were unaware about.

Food? Check. Cat? Check. Selfies? Check. Haven’t we all taken innumerable photos of the items mentioned above? Plus, there is so much more to be added to the list. Also, Does this mean that we have mastered the cellphone camera? Not quite.

1 Tailor-made Just For you!
Your cellphone’s camera is the most customisable camera you have on you. Want to shoot panoramas? Done. HDR images? Not a problem. Want to give your photo a lomo effect? Easy. Of course, you may have to download a few apps to achieve some of these, but as long as you are not restricted by your camera’s default settings.

Cameraphones are great for creating grainy images, especially in low-light. It is not always a bad thing and can add a nice feel to your image. Shot with: Blackberry 8900. Photograph/Paromita Deb Areng

Cameraphones are great for creating grainy images, especially in low-light. It is not always a bad thing and can add a nice feel to your image. Shot with: Blackberry 8900. Photograph/Paromita Deb Areng

2 Everything in Focus
Did you know that your phone’s camera has a large depth of field? Try it out by pointing your camera towards a very busy street. You will notice that everything within the frame is in focus. You can credit this feature to your phone’s tiny sensor. Having said this, the camera is capable of producing a shallow depth of field too but not as apparent as in a compact or DSLR.

3 Lenses for Your Gadget
Many users find it surprising that cellphone cameras too, have lenses that can be attached to it. Although their availability is still not widespread in India but this situation will change soon.

The Silent mode helps switch off the shutter sound, for discreet shooting. Shot with: Micromax Canvas HD. Photograph/ Priyanka Chharia

The Silent mode helps switch off the shutter sound, for discreet shooting. Shot with: Micromax Canvas HD. Photograph/ Priyanka Chharia

 

4 My Cellphone Camera Zooms!
Wrong! What you are actually doing is digitally zooming into the image. This is different from an optical zoom where chances of reducing the quality of your photograph is slim. So next time, just take a few steps closer to your subject and shoot.

5 The Silent Photographer
How many times have you startled someone because of the sound produced by your camera’s shutter? A simple way to avoid this is by switching your phone to the silent or vibration mode.

Cellphone cameras are versatile. It lets you shoot in the square format and others as well. Shot with: HTC One X. Photograph/Aditya Nair

Cellphone cameras are versatile. It lets you shoot in the square format and others as well. Shot with: HTC One X. Photograph/Aditya Nair

 

6 A Sluggish Phone
Back up your photos constantly onto another device. If you don’t then your phone can get slow because of the several images.

7 Beware of Downsizing!
With the exception of a few, most photo apps will downsize your image after you have processed them. So take care and do a little research before you edit an image.

In many ways, the cellphone today is like a digital Polaroid. So during assignments, it can be used as a testing device before grabbing an expensive DSLR to shoot the final image. Shot with: HTC Butterfly. Photograph/Shailendra Singh Rawat

In many ways, the cellphone today is like a digital Polaroid. So during assignments, it can be used as a testing device before grabbing an expensive DSLR to shoot the final image. Shot with: HTC Butterfly. Photograph/Shailendra Singh Rawat

 

8 A Less Pondered Over Matter
Did you know that cellphone cameras are traditionally built to shoot portraits. Compare this with your DSLR, which is built to photograph horizontally. This has definitely changed over the years, as now, cellphones come with a button on the side to enable landscape photography.

9 Cranking Up the ISO
Although some of the newer phones today, like the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the Xperia ZR are doing a better job in shooting in low light. However, cellphones still have a long way to go in this regard. So what do most people end up doing? Increasing the ISO in their phones which just lead to grainier images.

Are you aware that your phone’s camera has different filters that you can shoot from? You do not always have to download apps for this. Shot with: Micromax Bolt A65. Photograph/Ambarin Afsar

Are you aware that your phone’s camera has different filters that you can shoot from? You do not always have to download apps for this. Shot with: Micromax Bolt A65. Photograph/Ambarin Afsar

 

10 A Multipurpose Device
So what if you do not use your cellphone to shoot? It is a great tool for photographers who may for instance want to know the direction of the sunrise or calculate depth of field. This is possible because of the numerous apps available for download.

Cellphone cameras let you shoot action photos. Like this one, where the photographer locked focus and shot the image as soon as the subjects jumped. Shot with: Micromax Canvas HD. Photograph/Raj Lalwani

Cellphone cameras let you shoot action photos. Like this one, where the photographer locked focus and shot the image as soon as the subjects jumped. Shot with: Micromax Canvas HD. Photograph/Raj Lalwani

 

But the best thing yet is the fact that consciously or unconsciously, you end up photographing much more than you would with a DSLR or a compact camera. This means that a lot of people are practicing photography on an everyday basis. Isn’t that great now!

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