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Why Are Smartphone Cameras Awesome?

Lesson 2 from: iPhone Photography & Mobile Photography

Philip Ebiner

Why Are Smartphone Cameras Awesome?

Lesson 2 from: iPhone Photography & Mobile Photography

Philip Ebiner

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2. Why Are Smartphone Cameras Awesome?


Class Trailer

Course Introduction


Welcome to Class


Why Are Smartphone Cameras Awesome?


The Course Challenge: Capture Your Day in 5 Photos


Camera Basics for Mobile & Smartphone Photography


Intro to Camera Basics




Focal Length


Lesson Info

Why Are Smartphone Cameras Awesome?

So why are smartphones such great cameras these days, everyone has a smartphone camera technology has moved so quickly that these cameras are so much more advanced and can really be on par with a higher professional camera. Not to mention you have it with you all the time. The technology has allowed for more dynamic range, better lenses, more depth of field. You can also see the image on your phone and you can share it instantly, you can go right from taking the photo right to sharing it with friends. On top of that, the megapixel count is high enough that you can actually print some images from your smartphone camera at a very high quality level. So having a camera on your smartphone at this point in time has become maybe not a complete replacement for a professional camera, but it is definitely up there and can take some really, really awesome photos. So why are we talking about smartphones as cameras? Uh really if you think of the past decade or so, smartphones have evolved greatly ...

and our whole interaction over social media and really with just movements around the world, smartphones have played a key role and it's through the camera technology, the fact that we can now instantly share a photo we take on the phone with the world. Uh This is also why Apple Samsung Google have put so much money into camera technology because they see the value of it. And nowadays those smartphones, those cameras within the smartphones are as powerful as a professional photographer's camera. Now, of course, there's limitations but it has a lot of the features I look for when purchasing a new camera. Is it weather sealed? Does it have a high enough megapixel count to be able to print or to share on social media or online? Um How's the battery life? They're just, they keep getting better and better with all these different things. There's even now, you know, cameras with three different lenses on them so you can get white and gold telephoto, there's so many features and we're gonna unlock all the secrets of how to really take amazing photos with this little device. Because at the end of the day, the best camera is the one you have with you.

Ratings and Reviews


Definitely geared to beginners, but the class has a lot of good information. As an advanced camera photographer still trying to get to know my phone camera better, I learned a few things I didn't know (like you can use portrait mode for selfies, what hyper lapse is and the VSCO app). Nice job!


Good course for everyone starting out and needed to have some more basic info beyond the common snap shot. I had wished for more info on using mobile in the more professional field like when switching from camera to mobile. Additional lenses and flashes and things like that. But this course was obviously not targeted at this. So overall still a nice brush up.


Great class. Well organized and clearly presented. Would be very good for beginners and mid level users. highly recommend.

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