Photo Phriday 62 – Best Camera?

I’m going to do a little something different with this Photo Phriday. Instead of putting a focus on the characters I’ll talk a bit about photography in general, and some things that get beat into my head on a regular basis. It kind of starts with pro photographer Chase Jarvis, who once said that “the best camera is the one you have with you.”

It’s true, and as someone who regularly suffers from gear envy (it’s very silly but absolutely true) I constantly forget that it isn’t about what you can’t do with what you have available, but what you CAN. Chase just blurted out this quote once, and rode with it. After what I’m sure was a brutal period of brainstorming and work he launched an iPhone app and book, both called “The Best Camera,” and it’s created this community of people using their phones to take serious photos. Well, sort of.

See, Chase was using his iPhone, made videos of him using it for photography, blogged about it, had a huge gallery show if his iPhone photos, and launched an app and book. Problem is the entire community’s enveloped in the Cult of Mac, and anyone NOT on an iPhone kind of can’t play along, or at least not with the rest of the bunch. A little unfair, sure, but that’s how cliques work. I can’t be a part of the “best camera” community, not as marketed to me at any rate, but I can go out and take photos with my phone.

These are some of the photos (lower res because the camera on my phone is total crap) from my Palm Centro. I don’t even have data for the thing. It was a phone with good native PDA applications that was affordable. It serves its purpose. When waiting for the bus, or for Amu to meet me, walking the dog, or wherever else, I began using my camera to take some shots. I wasn’t exactly expecting much out of it.

I decided to go and pull the photos from my phone and look through them. I confess I haven’t exactly taken a Chase Jarvis amount of photos (reportedly hundreds a day) on my phone but I used it when I thought to. Above is a tiny collection of those comprising the entirety of shots I deem fit to share. They’ve all been edited slightly with some minor post processing, but nothing more than contrast, sharpening, cropping and resizing.

Could I have done more with an iPhone? Probably. Does this mean I shouldn’t be using my crappy phone whenever I see something interesting? Nope. Not one bit. I need to get it into my skull that the idea and concept are the most important part of the image. Creating a good image is all that matters. I keep letting myself get distracted by all of the things I can’t do with what I have. Well I promise to start sharing some of the stuff that I CAN do.

Thanks for reading.

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