Cell Phone Camera Guidelines for Print Display Project:
To keep up with the “times”, I am expanding the list of acceptable devices for the Home Shooting Photo Display Project.

Although it is easier to shoot on a standalone camera, transfer the images to a computer, and send to Walgreens with the decline in personal home computers, and the proliferation of SmartPhones as the SOLE camera/internet connection, this is the future.

In the last few years, SMARTPHONES have rivaled the basic Point & Shoot to the point that SmartPhones at least exceed the low end P&Ss. In fact, the average 8mp cell phone camera will be at LEAST as good as using the classroom 2008 8mp Nikon L18. Pretty much anything that is 4 years newer in technology is going to be more advanced. Considering the smartphone comes with a bunch of other assets, such as it is always going to be with you, you have a charger, it has built in processing with lots of specialized apps (Autostitch, HDR), GPS tagging, Gyroscope and stabilization, social posting, easier to get your pictures online, etc. it is only logical to embrace the smartphone.

In fact, this writing is in part inspired by a student comment that a cell phone is all their family has now and will so in the future. I thought about that, and realized it is probably true, especially going into the future as a personal computer and the stand alone camera diminish in priority.

Whatever device you use, you HAVE to ensure good quality pictures. Indeed, over the years, I have seen some real bad pictures come in for grading from pretty good cameras, so I guess things can’t get any worse. And, if consumer photography is going to evolve to primarily cell phone, we might as well as embrace it!

Please keep in mind that cell phonetography IS limited. There are just certain things you should still use a larger, more capable camera for. Namely zooming in and action/sports. I continue to recommend that 1st year photography students, especially those really serious about their photography, should shoot with a DSLR or a high end P&S. Get with a friend, go shooting together. Find an advanced camera in your family. Or, simply invest in what will likely be a family camera for a very long time.

A $400 cell phone is NOT going to out shoot a $400 DSLR. What, you only paid $99 for your Galaxay III? That is because you signed a 2 year service agreement that will cost you $600+ if you use the phone or not.

Using a SmartPhone for your Home Shooting assignment will introduce some additional complexities. And since I have not explored all of the ramifications of getting the images off the phone, into PicasaWeb and to the store, you must be willing to assume some of the problem solving inherent with using a new technology. The bottom line is that you are expected to 1) meet the assignment requirements and 2) meet the quality expectations of a full size camera. 1 and 2 are not a problem if you follow these guidelines.

Specific Guidelines

Camera List - This is not a complete list. I am not going to try to list all the possible devices, but you should consider this list in comparison to what you have. YOu may have an older version of a device that is ok. The bottom line is check your camera specs. If the camera is NOT high enough resolution and does not produce good enough results, you will be disappointed in the results when you make your 8x10s, and you will have wasted your money and time. An example is the iPhone. iP3 is NOT good enough. iP4 would be BARELY be useable, while a iPhone 4s or 5, when well shoot will produce very nice results. It would be better to go shoot with a friend who has a FULL size camera, or even a friend with a better cell phone. When my wife and I share a camera, we shoot our hand to designate when we trade off.


It should go with out say, but regardless of your camera TYPE, it should be in good condition. After a couple of failed photos were turned in by a student, I asked to see their phone because I couldn't believe that it was producing such BAD pictures. This is what I found:



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iphone - iPhone specs