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Re: camera phone as "alternative"


     Two years ago, I was lucky enough to be in Belfast for the summer and saw a television show that was produced by Tom Ang. The program was called "A Digital Picture of 

Britain" and it's premise was that three professional photographers were all sent out on similar assignments in the same area of the UK and told to bring back their best shots. The 

twist was that only one photographer was given a professional-level camera; of the other two, one was given a fairly generic consumer-level camera and the third was handed a 

camera phone! When the resulting images were shown, it was amazing how well most of the camera phone images looked. The moral of the story was that even with a limitation 

on capture size, shutter control, and aperture, creativity and a good eye can still make for some great photographs. 

     Does anyone on the list know where I can get a copy of this program (bootleg or otherwise) to show my classes? I think it was produced by BBC4, but is not available through 

the BBC store.



On Feb 5, 2008, at 7:38 AM, Barry Kleider wrote:


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:

Baby's first photograph taken by camera phone sent (like a phone call I suppose) to another camera phone is IMO somewhat to the north of Star Wars. But my son (on the west coast) has sent photo of self with newborn taken on his cell phone to his sister's cell phone, said sister (east coast) having kindly given us a glimpse of the tiny photo.

We would like to see the photo a bit larger, also to print it out to share -- minus cell phone. Folks I've asked say yes you can upload a photo from a camera phone to a computer "if you know how," but so far no one knows how.

The computer is Mac, system 9.2 or 10.39 (no leopard!) Any info or advice on the topic would be greatly appreciated.


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