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Phone shoot in the style of Brick Sailboat


Four Bricks Tall
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I don't have a point-and-shoot camera like @bricksailboat has but I do have a Pixel 3. It's widely regarded as being one of the best phone cameras you can get right now.

Here's my uncropped shot using the same setup as the shot with my camera and macro lens:

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I tried to get the exact same framing as the other shot but since I wanted to do it handheld, I could only approximate. So this isn't really such a controlled test.

Also, this is the closest I could get to the minifig before the phone couldn't focus anymore without resorting to digital zoom (essentially, cropping in camera). With the mirrorless camera and lens, I can go in much, much tighter, essentially filling the frame with just the head if I wanted.

If you compare the two shots, the phone camera photo has a wider field of view: more of the scene like the body of the motorcycle and the tree on the left is in the frame. 

1543249126-motorcyclist-sunset-comparison.jpg

You will also notice that more of it is in focus as well: the ridges in the mountain are much more noticeable.

Both photos are edited in Lightroom the same way in terms of color to make it more of a fair comparison despite the inexact framing.

Hopefully I've shown phone shooters that you can get good shots if you know how to expose and frame.

Don't try to match the look of a system you don’t own. If you're trying to get that creamy bokeh look of a mirrorless or DSLR with a fast lens, it's not only not going to happen, it'll probably look bad.

My advice is to start paying more attention to composition. And on that note, I have a little surprise for you... but you'll have to wait until Dec 1!

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Wow. This photo/post has just convinced me to not buy a DSLR in the short term. Instead I need to focus on learning and practicing more.

I really enjoyed this post and how you explained trying to get the same shot with both devices. Very informative. Thank you!

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True. People tend to think their photos are automatically worse because they shoot with a phone.

It's more likely that they can't expose, compose and tell a story, in which case, a DSLR or  mirrorless camera won't help them.

I usually like to tell stories that are more tightly framed and character-centered so I choose to shoot with my a6000/6500 + macro combo. I also generally shoot in less than ideal lighting conditions so the larger sensor on a mirrorless helps me there. If I wanted to shoot wider to get more of the setting or environment in, I would probably change my lens. 

Phone shooters should know they are going to get a wider field of view, more of the background in focus, and more noise when there's low levels of light. Compose with that in mind.

It's just a matter of knowing the tool well and knowing which tool is right for the job at hand.

 

 

 

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