Following on from our recent talk about cellphone photography and the various apps that are now available, with thousands more coming online as we speak, a lot of readers have sent me emails, with equal numbers voting for and against this new phenomenon.
Lots of you have said that cellphone photography is the new way forward and that as the ubiquitous phone has become such a seemingly necessary thing these days…I’ve seen kids not much older than around 5 years old using them, to seniors well over 85 years, it’s high time we all went along with it.
Then, an equal number say that cellphone photography is NOT photography, it’s merely a play on it. This side asks, quite sensibly I suppose, to name one serious professional photographer wo uses his/her cellphone for their shots…..I may be an ignoramus, but I sure can’t find one.
Where do I stand on this? I go along with my feet stuck firmly in the mud….I think cellphone photography is here to stay. I was in downtown Vancouver on a street shooting session just a few days ago, and noticed a huge number of people taking shots with their cellphones there. Whether or not they were professionals, I wouldn’t know, but they were using cellphones just the same.
However, this new technology doesn’t mean that photography using real cameras, film or digital, is dead. I reckon it will chug along side by side, and perhaps may even be taken up as a tool by professionals, rather like some guys I know, use a pocketable film camera such as an Olympus XA as a back up to their bigger main camera, perhaps a bigger, heavier Nikon F or whatever.
I admit I do use a digicam sometimes as a recce tool, taking shots like a madman, then coming home and going through them at my leisure and choosing which ones hold promise, and I then go back a few days later to the same spots with my film camera to capture the final shots. So yes, cellphone cameras are ok as a tool, but for real proper professional quality stuff, I would stick to a “proper” camera!
Nevertheless, I managed to trawl through hundreds of apps for you, to bring you what I think are the best of the bunch so far. Don’t forget new apps are coming out all the time, so this is not a final list….check the web out yourself if you want something these apps won’t give you. Here they are anyway, in no particular order. I like Pudding Camera myself: