As technology advances with mobile phones, we are getting closer to taking photographs that can be used in professional situations, however, most people will agree that stand-alone cameras produce the best results if we require an image capable of being blown up in size and not have it lose any of its sharpness. This article will discuss the reasons why this is.
Digital cameras that are dedicated to taking photographs are far more versatile than mobile phones in what they allow the photographer to be able to do. A DSLR will, for example, give you more creative control when it comes to exposure. You will be able to experiment with things such as aperture and shutter speeds, which is not possible when using a smartphone camera or similar device.
The resolution of photographs taken on a DSLR or a mirrorless camera is far greater than in a smartphone camera. This is due to larger sensors that are capable of 40 megapixels or more.
A stand-alone camera is better than a smartphone at background compression. When photographs are shot with a telephoto zoom the background will tend to appear closer to a subject. If elements of a photograph appear larger than they are in reality, then a scene can become distorted. This can be minimized when using a dedicated camera rather than one that is part of a mobile phone.
Additional lenses such as Fisheye lenses can be purchased for mobile phones but the choice of lenses is far greater when you have a separate camera. This is the same when it comes to filters as well, which can create all kinds of effects and deal with bright sunlight. A professional photographer will rely on their lenses to do most of the work. A telephoto lens will bring them closer to the action, while a wide-angle lens will allow them to see more of it. A hood will allow them to shelter the lens from bad weather.
In the case of mobile phones, add-on lenses will not improve a picture’s quality. They simply act as a means of being able to change the camera’s viewing angle. The lenses that come with stand-alone cameras represent a good proportion of its value as do the additional ones purchased afterwards, which will then cover any photographic situation for the photographer. The photographs that you see in glossy magazines will most likely have been taken with an additional lens. Close-up shots will require a macro lens to define any detail. The photograph would just be a blur otherwise.
If you are looking for portability, cameras are becoming more compact while at the same timing keeping and improving on their technology. However, you cannot beat a DSLR in terms of its features, which will allow for more creativity and allow you to expand its capabilities with add-ons.
A drawback of post-processing images on a mobile phone is that they are prone to then losing quality. This is because it is too easy to over sharpen or saturate them using a phone’s app. What looks good on a screen will not necessarily come out the same when the image is viewed on a larger monitor or printed out. In that sense, mobile phones can give a false impression of what you have taken initially and then created afterwards. Whereas, a DSLR will show you exactly what you are taking and then what has been taken. Then, there is always the option of using image manipulation software afterwards if you are still not happy with what you have captured.
So, for serious or professional photographers, it would seem that the best solution is still a stand-alone or dedicated camera. You have much more flexibility and can produce better quality images that you may then be able to sell professionally.