Re: camera phone as "alternative"
I recently needed a new cell phone. The young buck behind the counter suggested this little Nokia flip job.
"Hey, I'm a professional photographer. I don't need a phone with a dumb, piece of junk camera in it," I told him.
"I don't either," he said. "But it's the best performer we've got here."
After looking at the other choices, I bought the phone.
It wasn't out of the box 5 minutes before Kate and I were playing with the damn camera. I use it all the time!
I love the stupid thing! I no longer have the excuse of saying, 'Gee too bad I didn't bring my camera.' And I don't have the pressure of making every exposure pro-grade: it's just for fun.
I also do a lot of work with kids K-12. I'm thinking about doing a project which would give kids these cell phone mini cams.
My phone saves pictures as jpegs on a micro SD card. I download the card directly to the computer. (If you send them by phone the quality goes way down.)
Minnesota Public Radio recently hosted a discussion entitled "Is Photography Dead?" Far from lowering interest in photography, I think developments like the cell phone camera will breed the next generation of shooters. (Long live the Brownie!)
Judy Seigel wrote: