Sometimes you have no choice but to shoot with a Phone camera. Maybe it's all that's available. Maybe it's all that is suitable. But the skills to take a phone camera and get some usable images is something that every photographer should strive to build.
I’ll give you an example.
A while back I was on holiday in a place called Yamba which is one of my favourite photography destinations. I took ALL of my gear. Nikon D810. Tripods, Lee Filters, the whole shebang.
The only problem?
Massive massive massive storm. For three days you could barely stand up straight let alone set up a camera (or risk an expensive one). It simply wasn’t practical. Think of that type of weather that literally blows so hard that your car shakes.
The iPhone was the only thing I could really use (without abject panic anyway). The stormy grey conditions also meant I was hunting for black and white shots when I could work up the courage to get out of the car.
Luckily I have put in a fair bit of practice with an iPhone so it wasn’t a complete loss. In fact, the crashing wave below (top right) is now on a print on my office wall. Not a massive one, but still I liked it enough to print it out.
The point of this is that you need to be ready to shoot with whatever is practical. If that happens to be a phone, then that is what it is. It doesn’t have to be a loss.
And if you have a few skills under your belt, it might even turn out so that you get some of your favourite shots. I continue to be amazed at what is actually possible with a phone camera.
The skills of phone photography transfer beautifully into other equipment, but if that isn’t possible then you still have your phone to shoot with!
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So I’d strongly recommend you grab the 80% discount at iPhone Photography School this week and we will also throw in the Light Stalking Natural Light Buddy Notes until the end of the weekend only.
These are the skills that will hold you in good stead for situations like this. And you’ll probably find yourself loving it for all the other times too.