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Smart Phone Photography

March 26, 2013, 10:06 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Smart Phone Photography
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

With tech companies coming out with bigger and better camera phones all the time, amateur photographers are starting to create professional looking work.

"It's a hassle trying to keep up with the latest and greatest in things like Nikon and Cannon, at least for me. I'm a little simple minded and I like the more point and shoot type of thing. So this is a perfect fit for me," iPhone hobby photographer Jerry Fisher said.

While Fisher enjoys taking pictures as a hobby, even professionals are starting to see the benefits of the built-in cameras.

"The nice thing about these cameras is too, you can actually angle into an area you wouldn't be able to do with a regular camera," professional photographer Greg Latza said.

Latza is usually seen using a large digital camera for his professional shoots. But the world of phone photography has its own appeal.

"That became more of a tool to grab those quick grab shots of my kids or of a pretty sunset. And I didn't have to lug this huge camera around like I usually do," Latza said.

It's not just the way we take pictures that's changing, so is the way we share and store our pics.

"My mom and grandparents they had those stacks of photo albums. Now it's all I have a terabyte full of photos," Fisher said.

While the cameras on cell phones don't have all of the control options a regular camera does, there are other ways to make your photos look like the pro's.

Latza suggests using lots of natural lighting and try not to zoom too much. The closer you can get to your subject, the less pixilated it will look.

There are also several photo applications for smart phones that enable you to edit your pictures right from your phone.

"It takes pictures, where if you want to get great shots of buildings but you notice they lean back or they tip over and they have that odd affect. You can visually straighten them back out with this app," Fisher said.

"There's all these palettes of effects that you can put on it. You can put different frames, put a little bit of different warmth on something," Latza said.

Apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic are free and can help make your pictures look polished. But even spending a few dollars, you can get professional software like Photoshop right on your cell phone.

"I can turn it, a little more reddish, a little more green, a little more blue," Latza said.

You can also purchase additional accessories for your phone. Things like small tripods, attachable lenses and filters -- making your pictures look even better.

"I would say that a person should invest in those accessories if they're really into it. And of course it depends on how much money you have laying around," Latza said.

With the new-age technology also comes some controversy.

"I know that it upsets some people, but I think it's great. I think it's great that everyone now can take reasonably good looking pictures," Fisher said.

"Instagram and all these other online accessory applications, if you will, detract from photography. I don't think that's bad at all. I think it's a great thing. It's a lot of fun. And it's just kind of like a hobby aside from my work. Even though it still involves photography," Latza said.

But even with amateur photographers getting in on the game, Latza isn't too concerned about competition from his smart phone counter-parts.

"The lighting techniques, the ability to work with people. The eye for different photographs and compositions to make it work. Even an amateur can have the best camera gear and still not come up with a great photograph," Latza said.

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