B&W Abstract Photography by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com

Apple’s recent mobile phone photography contest (make sure you read the fine print if you wish to participate!) made me think about the old discussion about ”what camera do you use?”. It’s a question that I get pretty often; it seems that many people still think that great equipment  makes a good photograph.  While is true that a DSLR camera does have more ”horse power” than a mobile phone, a good camera does not a photographer make. The best camera is the one that you have with you, after all. And, as Thoreau reminds us, what’s important is not what you look at, but what you see.

I have chosen three photographs here, all taken with an iPhone, and I would say that the difference is made by ”seeing” the potential, and not by having a good camera.

The image above was taken with an iPhone 6 Plus in a Nespresso shop while my husband and I were waiting for our turn to be served. It’s a lamp in the shop that nobody paid any attention to. My husband was mistified as to what excatly I was shooting; he couldn’t ”see” what that lamp could become.

The only processing done on the iPhone image was converting it to black and white using the Snapseed app, and then doing some slight editing such as highlights and contrast. And voilà, you have now a great black and white abstract photograph instead of an ordinary lamp in a shop. And yes, I do realize I have a thing with lamps!

This one was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus and depicts the roof of the Menara airport in Marrakesh. Again, minimal editing, same as above, converting to B&W in Snapseed.

This is  how the actual roof looked like. 

Tokyo Building B&W

And this a skyskraper in Tokyo, taken with a iPhone 6 Plus. Converted to black and white in Snapseed. The composition would have been helped if taken in portrait mode, but you get the point.

As you can see in these examples (I hope), there’s more to good photography than the equipment. A good education for a wannabe photographer would be a visit to a museum, studying classic painters’ techniques; this is harder to teach than Photoshop and camera functions.

I think I’ll post some more iPhone photographs, this was actually fun. And you can see that you don’t need an expensive camera to take good photographs.

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