Some of my friends even claim that I’m a complete photography nut. But there’s been a recent change in photography technology that has really ticked me off. Here’s why…
Early in my career, I earned a mentorship with award-winning industrial photographer, Robert Thornton. I then became the editor and executive producer at Universal Studios and PBS for 12 years.
Later, I worked as the director for the live action sequences in the best-selling computer games, DOOM and Chess Wars. More recently, I won the "Best of the Best" award at PBS and the "Most Creative" award from US International Film and Video.
But thanks to some new technology, complete photography newbie’s can take photos almost as good as what I can do ¬¬– and they can do it without spending thousands of dollars and months of time learning tricks of the trade.
See, when I was first starting out, the digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) was just invented. And it quickly became "all the rage" among serious photographers. I had to scrap together $1,200 to buy my first professional camera (Nikon D230 #).
With my new DSLR, I took breathtaking special effects shots I never even dreamed of taking with my old point-and-shoot camera. Some of my photos were so amazing that my friends refused to believe I took them, until I showed them the photos on my camera.
Technology has evolved at the speed of light. While many photographers still believe they need fancy-schmancy DSLRs to capture quality photos, the honest to goodness truth is you can actually…
Once you know how to use your smartphone as a high-end DSLR, you can use it to capture spectacular shots like these:
Can yo guess which one was taken by the iPhone 3GS… and which one was taken by the Canon EOS 7D ($1,599.00)?
Well, the photo on the left was taken by the iPhone 3GS (with the help of a special image enhancement app we’ll talk about in just a bit.)
Since camera phone technology has become super advanced, the qualities of the photos are nearly identical.
In fact, there’s an entire "iPhoneography" movement going on right now, where world-class photographers are ditching their regular camera equipment and snapping shots only their iPhones!
And here’s the kicker (and why I’m so ticked off): There are still loads of self-righteous photography "experts" out there who claim you need at least a Nikon D5100, telephoto zoom lenses and their 6 week evening course just to start taking great pictures yourself.
As someone who has been living, sleeping and breathing photography his entire life, I can tell you….
I’m tired of seeing struggling photographers get beat down because they can’t fully grasp perplexing camera functions… or sit through hours of mind-numbing and boring lectures, or shell out the funds for any 6-week money-grubbing course.
I blame arrogant photo "gurus" who think…