It's incredible to learn about all the technologies that are built into smartphone cameras that weigh as much as a paperclip. But, with all this technology, is it still you taking the picture or are you just a moving tripod carrying a computer around to take the picture for you?
I imagine this is why people still take photos on film. It holds many technologies together, with the film’s layers, the light meter, and the auto-focusing of the camera, but when the shot is taken, there's no stabilization and no HDR Plus to fix the over or underexposed parts of the photo. The shot is what it is. It’s as simple as that. Can that way of photography still be seen as photography or should we partner up with the technology and get the best shots together with perfect exposure, almost no noise, and no blur due to your subject moving?
This video below describes how Google's Pixel 2 camera works, how it stabilizes footage, and how it's tested.
With mirrorless cameras, you can see the photo before you've taken it. Mobile phones come with technologies that make it possible to take photos in the dark. The argument I have is that when I look at those images, am I going to think about what’s captured and the story, or am I going to think about what camera I used and how grateful I was for the tech it comes packaged with?
What I’ve done is bought a Fujifilm X-T2 body and an adapter for my old Nikon lenses, which makes the 50mm come very close to an 85mm. It’s manual focus, and I enjoy this way of shooting. It’s slower, and I really need to see the shot, and I don’t just snap away. The camera has focus-peaking so it tells me when something is supposed to be in focus, but I often have to take the shot quickly, especially when I’m out in the streets of Paris. This makes for some out-of-focus shots and blurring, but it also gives me more opportunities to think about the shot and compose it rather than having to snap away thinking I can fix exposure in post.
One thing I know for sure is that if the mobile phones are taking these steps and making the laymen take great videos and photos, we definitely have to keep improving our work too. What do you guys think? Is the term photography still what I think it is or is it time for me to adapt to computational photography? At the end of a shoot, I suppose it’s whether you’ve got something worthy to show the world.