Last week I read a couple of articles about using photography apps on smartphones. These articles focused on smartphone photography apps and how they are changing photography… for better and for worse… depending on which article I read. I read the comments both for and against the smartphone apps, but was waiting to fully form a solid opinion of my own before I posted my own thoughts on the subject as well. After much reading, discussion, and consideration, I’ve come to recognize photography apps on my smartphone (Droid Razr) have helped me augment my creativity which in turn has helped my photography as a craft.
I must admit creatively, I really wasn’t spurred on by any smart-phone app with funky filters, frames, or retro settings. As I’m not a big post-production editor, I didn’t really find anything special in any of the photo editing apps either. Knowing the general rules of lighting, timing, and composition, along with a solid understanding of technique are what photographers use to make great photographs. To date, there is no smart-phone app which can replace this fundamental knowledge requirement, and I would hesitate before using an app which claimed it could replicate these skills. I do not think DSLRs will ever be replaced by smart-phone cameras, but I do see how smart-phones can be used as a tool to augment DSLR photography – personally and professionally.