The End of Cameras?

Last week there was an Apple keynote speech. As my hubby does every year without fail, he locked himself away and watched it with eager anticipation. He spends weeks (months in fact) before the keynote speech, finding out everything about the proposed updates and technologies. Even though he knows 99% of what is likely to be announced by the Apple team it’s still a massive date in his calendar and he refuses to miss it

During their keynote they announced that there were going to be some major changes to the iPhone in terms of camera operation and functionality. He’s since spent the week to me talking about it and telling me it’s the quite possibly the start of the end for traditional cameras and things like traditional portrait shots and photography, and that the gap between professional and amateur is going to start to close

We’re both at opposing ends of the spectrum on our opinions of this. Whilst I love to use my current iPhone and it does plug a gap when I’m out and about and wanting to capture a moment, it doesn’t give me what my trusty old SLR does

I like holding a ‘proper’ camera

I like that my 8 years of learning has allowed me to shoot manual as fast as most people can shoot auto, and faster than I can compose a ‘decent image’ on a phone screen

I like to look through a viewfinder and not a screen to capture an image

I like that I get the desired effect from my images and the ‘control’ that I have over every aspect of my photography. From the ISO, to theΒ aperture, to the focus, it’s all my choice

And… I like locking my phone away to hold a camera. Lets face it, when the phone comes out for a photo, so does a multitude of notifications on social media and news sites that we “simply have to respond to or read”

Whilst my daughter will often see me with a camera round my neck, she’s less likely to see me out and about with my head buried in my phone, something many of us as parents are probably guilty of. On the occasions I have been out and about without my camera my day has been spent holding and looking at my phone screen to capture photos and respond to said notifications and not at the world around me

When it comes to picture composition, I’m not a camera snob, far from it – in fact I’ve seen many brilliant photos taken by iPhones and associated phone cameras and I applaud this

But…Β for me there is nothing quite like putting that fast paced world through a phone in a bag and capturing a moment by actually seeing it through the lens. Not by getting people to stop or hoping the pretty animal or butterfly stays still long enough so you can get your phone out the pocket and open up the app. And definitely not through a camera app with notifications flashing up on the screen as you try and take a photo

That for me is why I won’t be putting my camera to the back of the wardrobe and replacing it with another phone. I have a feeling I’m not the only one, and while I look forward to seeing the technological developments (and trying them) I’ll continue to primarily use my camera. I’ll continue to capture the images using the settings I see fit, and I’ll continue to use my iPhone to capture the mini moments

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Mission Mindfulness

2 thoughts on “The End of Cameras?

  1. Yes I agree. I love taking photos on my camera and definitely feel I am more or senless in days out when I use my camera rather than my phone. Your photos are stunning cx #thesatsesh

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  2. #thesatsesh this is beautiful. I really adore the last photograph particularly. Im old school and although i take a huge amount on my phone, i love using my Polaroid πŸ™‚ I agree – lets all hold something

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