Different Cameras, Different Tools

Until recently I didn’t consider cellphone cameras to be “real cameras”.  They had low resolution and were somewhat of a threat to my part-time job selling cameras at Dodd Camera in Mentor, OH.  More and more people are using them though, including David Kennerly, the White House Photographer for President Gerald Ford.  Kennerly posts beautiful iPhone photos on Facebook on a daily basis.  Then I read an article that described making cellphone photos to a painter using different brushes but in this case, different cameras, and my mind was changed.

Tower City Escalator taken with Hipstamatic App

The 2 photos in this posting were taken with my iPhone 4s, using an application called Hipstamatic, which simulates some of the old toy plastic cameras that have become popular once again.  It also simulates a variety of old films.  This location does not look kindly on photographers taking photos with large DSLR cameras, nor do most shopping malls.  I’ve been asked to leave Tower City on a couple of occasions when I’ve been shooting photos there.  The iPhone made my shooting inconspicuous and they really don’t mind tourists taking photos with what they would consider to be “non-professional” cameras.

Tower City Skylight using Hipstamatic App

I was really pleased with the results that I got using my cellphone as another camera that I have to work with!  It’s just another brush in my paintbox and I love some of the results I get with it!  It will never take the place of my “more professional” cameras, but I won’t think of cellphone cameras in the quite the same way anymore.

About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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2 Responses to Different Cameras, Different Tools

  1. SallyK says:

    I am shocked by the photos I get with my cell phone camera, a Samsung Captivate. Occasionally I can’t even see what I am shooting in the view finder and later I have a real Wow! moment at what I got. The light has to be just right, though, It won’t replace my “real” camera but sometimes it is perfect.


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