Lock up your DSLRs and whip out your smartphones because this week we're looking at taking the skills we've honed the past 7 weeks and applying them to using strictly camera apps.
A lot of people expressed their difficulties with this past week's challenge, but that's the whole point: to be challenged! And I will admit after looking at these shots even most of you will agree that with a few techniques learned from DSLR shooting under your belt, even shots taken with an iPhone show improvement.
Click play on the playlist above to see everybody's submissions and the critiques for each one. There were many strong ones and a few that I felt could be improved with simple changes.
One common element shared amongst most of the submissions was the added note from the shooter: "I would have taken a better picture, but it's just an iPhone." And that's just it, often times we make excuses for not being able to take great pictures by blaming the equipment we are using.
"The camera isn't the best."
"I need a better lens."
"If only I had a more expensive [insert prized accessory here]."
But THAT is the point of many of these challenges, to LEARN the techniques that make you a better photographer, not focus on the gear we are using. That's why the challenge is open to all shooters regardless of what they are shooting. You've heard it umpteen times before, now you're going to hear it again: It's not the camera that takes amazing shots, it's the photographer.
Don't believe me? Look at this collection of beautiful shots taken by pro photographers. Note the cameras they are using? They are ALL point-and-shoot cameras. No fancy DSLRs with big, expensive lenses or accessories.
The point of going back to simpler cameras once in a while (and we will be doing that more in later challenges) is to remind ourselves that it is the technique of photography that we learn that defines our capabilities to capture amazing shots. And these challenges force us to adopt and practice these techniques.
Here is another fascinating tumblr page to look through, a collection of all point-and-shoot shots. Some of which are stunning to see and will hammer this lesson in hard.
End of rant. Check out the critiques on the playlist above and leave some comments of your own on them. And don't forget mine!