Last week I posted a couple of photos I took with my smartphone. As I said, in the past I have had little use for camera phones – the quality is almost always terrible. However, lately, I have found my new smartphone to be a marked improvement over its predecessors.
This little camera offers decent picture quality, exposure presets (like “sport” and “close-up”), and even has evaluative metering which allows the camera to adjust the exposure based on the light source.
Of course, these are pretty standard features for a low-end point and shoot, so why do I care?
Well, reality is that I don’t take my DSLR set up with me everywhere. It’s too much gear to lug to work on my bicycle. Even packing a compact point and shoot, when I already carry a phone and an iPod (my Torch’s memory can’t quite handle my 50GB music collection just yet), is more gear than I want to carry. So having a decent phone camera is appealing.
But these aren’t images I am likely to print and frame, so again, what’s the point?
Well, for me, this is about two things: practice and fun.
Having a camera handy allows me to snap quick glimpses of things I might want to return and shoot later, or just work on seeing the light in various situations. It provides the flexibility to experiment when I might otherwise miss out.
It also provokes me into doing things I might not otherwise do. When I have the DSLR, I tend to be a little more ‘serious’, only taking shots that seem to have some weight to them. Not always, but usually.
But with the Torch, I tend to be a little more playful, something I’d like to bring into my work overall. So this provides a way for me to think outside the box and then try to go back and build better images around a similar theme – things I might not have tried otherwise.
Anyways, here are a few more shots from the Torch. Enjoy 🙂