August 17, 2018
The Art of Phone Photography .
Quick poll: what’s your favorite cellphone feature or tool?
Mine is definitely the camera. Having a camera everywhere I go makes it easy to capture memories—both the big ones, like my Grandma’s 90th birthday, and the little ones, like a beautifully blooming tree I saw earlier this week.
Cellphone cameras have come a long way since the first one was introduced in the U.S. in 2002. The photos of fifteen years ago were often dark and grainy images captured on the fly when you forgot your camera, while today’s cellphone photos are sophisticated enough to be hung in the Met.
Over the years, device manufacturers have added a range of new capabilities to phones—from low-light settings to image stabilization, and from focusing features to increased megapixels—bringing cellphone photos to the next level.
Apps like Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Flickr have created hugely popular mobile platforms to display and interact with photos—many of which are taken on cellphones. Estimates suggest that over 2.6 billion people are using social media across the globe, meaning a good portion of the world’s population is sharing photos on these and other mobile-enabled platforms.
Cellphones have even popularized whole categories of photography, including the selfie and animated filters—please see 2016 when the world fell in love with Snapchat’s dog filter—and given everyone the tools needed to edit their own photos with ease.
Cellphones make taking and sharing photos a snap—pun intended. So easy in fact, that according to estimates, a staggering 85 percent of photos taken in 2017 were captured on a smartphone, with another 4.7 percent photographed via tablet.
So to celebrate World Photography Day, get on out there and capture photos of the people you love and the places that inspire you on your mobile device. You can share them with your networks, or save them on your phone to bring you a smile on a later date—just like my blooming tree photo will when January rolls around.