Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Every few months, some clown in the media will declare that photos taken with a phone are just as good as a photos taken with a DSLR. Well, let’s put that to the test.
Today’s photo wasn’t staged. A colleague thought it’d be amusing to take a photo of the photographer (me) out in his natural element. He used the best camera, which is the one he had on him at the time: an iPhone 7.
Take note of the conditions: it’s around 1.30pm, everyone is bathed in a luxurious amount of sunlight. There are people moving around everywhere. He has not zoomed in – he’s just shot it in a square crop, Instagram-style. That should tell you everything you need to know about what’s technically possible with a photo from this location.
I’ll let the 100% crop below do the rest of the talking.
For the record, the person who took the photo knows it’s not great. Look at the lack of sharpness in the grass, or my hair. Look at the way the colours are blended. Look at the lack of detail. It’s like someone put a real photo through a watercolor filter in Photoshop.