I’ll be the first to admit that, as a photographer experience in the field, I used to snub my nose at those taking pictures with their mobile phones. Perhaps it was the degree, or all of the money that I had spent on my DSLR, lenses, and other equipment. Either way, for years I couldn’t stomach the idea that people were using their smart phones to take quality pictures. It seemed impossible until one day, I was struck by reality and I’ve not seen things the same pretentious way since.
Over the last few years, smartphone photography technology has improved in leaps and bounds. While once I may have had a legitimate claim that they were second tier compared to professional DSLR’s, today that is not the case. For example, the newest iPhones (iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max) all feature dual 12-megapixel cameras, which is absolutely incredible and all of them other than the iPhone XR have a Pixel Density of 458 ppi which would have been unheard of a few years ago.
The reality is that is now time for everyone to consider the switch. From hobbyists all the way up to professionals, everyone should consider the switch to creating professional photos with your smartphone. They’re convenient. They’re light. They’re full of features, and one of the best things about them is that you probably already have one in your pocket. Welcome to the new age of mobile photography. Let’s break down some of the reasons it just may be time for you to switch over your operation.
Advancements in Technology
Smartphone photography has become a totally viable industry as a result of advancements in technology. For example, the original iPhone’s camera only utilized 2 megapixels. The modern iPhones feature dual 12-megapixel cameras. The two phones capabilities are essentially incomparable. Even the iPhone 5 from only a few years ago only offered an 8-megapixel forward-facing camera, while the rear (selfie) camera utilized only 1.2 megapixels. The newest line of iPhones offers up 7-megapixels in their front-facing cameras!
Even the Google Pixel phones, which have only been out for a few years now, have improved greatly since their initial model. While both the Google Pixel 1 and the Google Pixel 3 have 12.2-megapixels in their forward-facing cameras and 8 in the front-facing lens, the aperture capacities have increased incredibly. The Google Pixel 3 offers up a F-stop of 1.8 on the forward-facing lens, which is comparable to any entry level lens on a DSLR. For example, the 50mm lens I owned for my Canon, had an F-Stop of 1.8. Anyone who knows anything about photography or cameras would surely have their mind blown by this.
The new Huawei phones (such as the P20 series and Mate 20 Pro) offer up incredible photographic technology. They have a triple rear-camera setup that utilizes AI (artificial intelligence). The Pro model has a 40-megapixel forward facing camera. That’s right. You read that correctly. It features forty megapixels! This is more than the Canon 5D Mark IV! It also features an aperture of 1.8, which is incredible. The wide-angle lens has 20-megapixels which is nothing to scoff at and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens! Mobile photography has come a long way and is here to stay!
It’s Easier than ever to Learn Photography!
There was a time period in which photography was expensive and difficult to get into it. This is no longer the case. With a smart phone, some determination and some research, virtually anybody could become a worthwhile photographer. Between blogs and Youtube channels alone, one could learn almost anything they need to.
Five or more years ago, one would have to buy an expensive DSLR camera. Then they would need to buy expensive lenses or scour the internet for deals on them. They would have to buy a book and read through its terrible and often confusing wording and curse to themselves as they tried to wrap their head around the concepts of aperture, ISO’s, depth-of-fields, light metering, and so much more. It could not be any easier these days to learn how to produce mobile professional photography.
There’s Money to be Made!
At any other time in history, there were only a handful of ways in which a photographer could make a living. They could open up a studio to take portraits, family pictures and senior pictures. Perhaps they could market themselves into a position in which they would be hired for event photography (i.e. shooting weddings, basketball games, etc.). The truly profitable photographers would be taking photos in the aims of selling them to various publications such as National Geographic, Time, or perhaps even the local newspaper. None of these options were simple and most required either a degree, a massive resume, or doing things for free for years to build the portfolio up until their skillsets and services were in fact sellable. Things are different now.
Today, smartphone photography can generate great revenue. Through social media and the modern-day globalized internet market, virtually anybody can make money through their art. It doesn’t really even matter what it is that the photographer likes to take pictures of, there is a market for it.
One example (but by no means the only example) is Instagram. Instagram is an incredible opportunity for photographers as it is a social media platform which only allows the sharing of visual artforms (i.e. photos and videos). It’s also important to note that the platform is growing at a rate that is even faster than Facebook at its peak of growth. This means that there will be far more people on it tomorrow than today. To quote the movie Field of Dreams, “if you build it, they will come.” This is completely true with Instagram and the modern internet in general. If you produce it and put it out there, people will find it.
How does this make money though? Simple. How do television networks make money? How does Facebook make money? Advertising. By developing and cultivating an audience and a following, you’re showing to the entire business world that you have a product which can be utilized as a vessel for marketing their product. Anybody who has any decent following on Instagram, Youtube, Facebook or on their website will tell you about all of the offers they constantly receive for advertising through them. Countless people now make their full-time living off of these platforms. Why can’t you? Why don’t you?
You can make money on the Tapsnapp platform as well. Consumers and businesses can hire mobile photographers for influencer campaigns and even for property photos when professional cameras are not needed.
Stop Considering it and Start Doing it!
Odds are you, you have a phone in your pocket. You can produce professional photos with your smartphone. Smartphone photography technology has grown exponentially over the last few years and with that comes great opportunity for mobile professional photography. Lots of people are taking advantage of this modern gold rush and there’s not a reason in the world that you or I shouldn’t be one of them, regardless of current skillset or knowledge.
Ten years ago, you wouldn’t have been able to do this. You couldn’t have pulled a device out of your pocket that you already own and use free websites to learn how to use its camera to its fullest capacities. You couldn’t have used free social media sites or cheap web hosting to release your content and market yourself to the world. You wouldn’t have been found so easily, marketed so naturally, and made profitable so quickly. There’s a golden opportunity awaiting those with ready for it, so take advantage!