There’ve been times in the past couple of weeks when I didn’t have time to stop, run into the house, grab my camera, and make sure its settings were just right for a photo. Either the light seemed transitory, the composition was good only at the moment, or I was hauling water or weeding when I noticed a good shot.
So I started using my camera phone—to experiment and see what kind of quality I could achieve. All the photos in this post were taken with my camera phone. I won’t say what brand it is—I imagine there are several that can achieve this level of quality when the light and the conditions are right.
These photos were captured at 72 dots per inch, which isn’t great resolution and doesn’t work well in print at all. But the file sizes were large enough that I could reduce the images down and increase the resolution to 300 dots per inch.
Certainly this is not a good practice if you want to sell your photos or if you’d like to achieve high-quality prints. But I’m impressed with the results. Again, the light has to be pretty bright, and you might want to adjust the size and resolution later.
Most of us carry our camera phones around with us now. So they’re always handy to whip out, frame the subject, and snap the photo. Sizeable contributions to a good photo, anyway, are the light, the composition, and being in the right place at the right time.