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Why Having A Good Camera Matters in the Age of Phones

I hear all the time, "Why do I need a big, bulky camera, when my phone takes great pictures?" Or, "I don't have time to take nice pictures. The phone is so easy." True, I would agree with that. Phones are quick and easy, and they fit in your jacket pocket. But do they really produce the images that will last a lifetime?

So I wanted to challenge myself when I was outside with my two kids. I shot first with my DSLR Nikon d750 and a 50mm 1.4 lens. I had them blow bubbles. My yard was a mess, there were toys everywhere. The lighting was only good in a two feet by 3 feet area. So I really had to be creative in my shots.

Then I took pictures with my iphone to see the difference.

here is a close up of the two images:

As you can see here with my iphone image. The AC unit in the back is visible. The colors are nice and bright, but there are alot of distracting elements. This image is fun and nice, but compared to the real camera, there is not comparison.

This was shot 30 seconds apart. I bent down a little bit, but because of using a 50mm 1.4 lens, the background is creamy and buttery. The colors are more realistic.

Here are some other examples. The iphone couldn't handle the backlighting, even editing it would have be not to my liking.

This is a back shot of my son blowing bubbles. The water hose in the iphone photo looks like a snake! The dslr really latched on to the floating bubbles, even with my ugly screen door in the back.

This is one of my daughter again. The focus landed behind her on the iphone. The DSLR blurred out the background. That is why PRIME lenses are so important! If you don't have one, you are missing out!

Here is a different scene. I had her swing on our little swing set with the iphones. The colors are muted. The DSLR is vibrant and the background isn't as distracting.

Here are some of the close-ups of my favorites today. I hope you never, never replace your memories with only using a phone! There is a HUGE difference. 20 years from now, it will matter!

I would love to see your photos using these principles: Hashtag me on Twitter (@_MarshallArts_) , instagram (@chicamarsh) or facebook (@Marshallartsstudio)!

Keep Shooting!


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