September 10, 2019

Mobilegraphy

So today I feel like writing about the ever-increasing popularity of mobilegraphy (taking beautiful or not so beautiful pictures from the mobile phone)? Personally, I love the fact that phone cameras today are so damn good you can ditch your dedicated camera at home and just bring your phone to take pictures. Even phones these days can shoot a film in 4K, and you can print up to a billboard size quality. 

Mobilegraphy is useful for taking random pictures when you went for an outing and etc. I do that most of the time for practicability and to sharpen my views and composition.

Most phone cameras today have a focal view of a 28mm or a 35mm full-frame equivalent, and with that fixed focal length, you are bound to create a creative composition by moving yourself. It sharpen my eyes although I’d rather bring my Fuji X100S everywhere as the camera is so damn light and easy to carry around (minor gripe, it doesn’t have wifi capability). And Fuji X100S is one little camera with a lot of quirks. There are challenges in operating that camera written all over it, but it is also the camera that I often take with me everywhere. Sometimes, it is the imperfection that I crave when I take a photograph, and I’d rather leave my super computer-like Sony mirrorless cameras at home.

Often we are left wondering what a beautiful image we would be making if we have this lens and that lens, but the truth is, it won’t. The best one to take a photograph is the one you have in your hand. I dig this statement every time! So if at the moment you only have your phone camera to take a photograph, at that point of time it is the best camera for you, not the DSLR or the mirrorless camera with the expensive 1.4 glass you have at home in the dry box.

Below photographs were taken using my cheap mobile phone. I am using the Xiaomi Mi 5 Plus, and it costs less than MYR700 when I bought it, and it is way less expensive now. With a basic 12 MP camera sensor and a 26mm focal length for its f2.2 rear camera, it is by no means great at all, especially in low light. Dynamic range is almost meaningless for serious editing either. But, as long as I understand the basic composition, I think I can come out with some good photographs out of this limitation.

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