Tips from a professional for smartphone photography at the holidays

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Tips from a professional for smartphone photography at the holidays

Photographers at The Denver Post are often asked about cameras. Not a week goes by that one of us doesn’t hear, “What’s the best camera to buy?” People see our professional gear and want to know, “What camera will help me get photos of my kids playing sports that aren’t blurry?” or, “What camera takes great landscapes but is light so I can carry it while hiking?”

In photojournalism, there is an age-old saying: the best camera is the one you have with you. So, we often respond that their phone camera is all they need. People are usually very surprised by this and ask, “Then why do you have those big cameras hanging on your shoulders?”

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying there aren’t better cameras out there. There are, and we use them. What I am saying is that your cell phone camera is quite capable of doing a good job. To prove the point, all the images included in this article were taken with my iPhone.

If you have the money, interest, and time to buy a fancy camera like the one we use for our work, and learn how to use it, it’s much better than phone cameras. But even as professionals, Post photographers often use our phones for our personal lives. I lug two big cameras around for work all day, so when I’m off the clock the last thing I want to do is carry that stuff around some more. On vacations or while doing family activities, I almost always rely on my phone camera to capture moments that are truly important to me.

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