Chủ Nhật, 23 tháng 3, 2014

Travel Cambodia by Phone – An iPhoneography Guide

Travel Cambodia very long and you’ll appreciate NOT using your big, flashy (and heavy) digital SLR all the time. Let’s face it, Cambodia’s in the tropics and doing a lot of walking with a big camera bag can wear you down.

With the cameras on iPhones and other cell phones becoming such high quality, one of these little units may be all the casual (and arguably, the professional as well) photographer needs to get some great creative shots.

Legend has it that some years ago, the great World War II photographer for Life Magazine, Alfred Eisenstadt, was at a cocktail party held in his honor by Life. A well-to-do businessman and his young son came up to him and the father told Eisenstadt that his son was interested in becoming a photographer. “What type of camera do you use, Mr. Eisenstadt?” the father asked. “I use a Leica,” replied Eisenstadt. “See there son, if I get you a Leica, you’ll be able to take photos as good as Mr. Eisenstadt!” said the father, and led the starry-eyed kid away.

It’s not the camera that makes great shots, but the eye behind the lens.

At the end of a recent trip to Cambodia, I was amazed to discover that I had shot most of my favorite shots with my iPhone instead of my Canon 7D with all of its (expensive!) interchangeable lenses. Since so many photo opportunities were of people, and camera phones are used by nearly everyone in Asia, no one paid me any attention when I snapped a shot with my iPhone. But haul out my Canon with the big lenses and everyone would stop and stare.

And, camera phones today can use a huge variety of downloadable photo applications which turn your iPhone, Android or Windows phone into a virtual darkroom, allowing you to change the look and style of the photos to suit the subject or the mood you want to convey. Plus, you can instantly send your precious images to friends or post them on Facebook or other social media. With a traditional camera, you have to usually wait till you’re back at the hotel, download them to your laptop and even spruce them up with Photoshop or similar programs before sending them off. By then, the immediacy is lost.

Having only one lens available forces you to work harder to get that really strong photo: move closer or reposition yourself to improve composition. You will probably discover that using the simple camera on your phone makes your eye more creative when you do pick up your big old “real” camera.

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