Like the photography world at large, DearSusan has been roiled by the tsunami that is the use of smartphones in lieu of “real cameras”. Pros and cons butting heads and trading blows. Let me tell you, it was/is ugly!
Basically, I sat clearly in the camp of the users of real cameras. Smartphones just weren’t “good enough” for yours truly. Exceptions of course in the highly capable hands of Pascal J. and, more recently, of Adrian T. So, when I arrived in the wonderful un-destination of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and snapped away with my brand new iPhone Xr, just because I could and the scene looked to good to miss, and the image looked very good image on the screen, I started to waver.
Over a few days, as I made my way out early to shoot in dawn light before starting on my work schedule, I replicated a few of my camera shots with my iPhone, so that I could instantly share them with Pascal, Dallas, or others. Had I gone over to the Dark Side?
Later that week, I was afforded the opportunity of a dark scene shoot, usually (one of) the bane(s) of smartphones. And once again, the Apple did much better than camera makers would have liked. Because I had “good enough” pics to share instantly, the lust/urge to process my “real camera” pics became much less….
Until….. I availed myself of a function of the Sony, and turned the tables on the Apple.
The Sony can send pictures over to a smarphone via Wi-Fi, and that can be shared just as a smartphone picture would be shared. Suddenly I could tease/pester/harass Pascal and/or Dallas just as effectively and quasi-instantly without having to give up my camera.
The way to do it is simple on the Sony, and I am sure that other modern cameras offer variations on the same functionnality.
There is a free app called Imaging Edge Mobile. I open the app in the phone, and turn wi-fi to “on” . I select the picture I want to share in the camera, dive into the menu to connect to wi-fi, and -Ka-Boom!- it transfers, and the image is ready for sharing into whatever you want. The first time requires telling the phone which wi-fi network to connect to, and inputting the password. So far, it works every time.
So now I can transfer images from my camera. They have the same limitations as from my iPhone: no PP, no cropping etc…, unless you consider the limited tools offered by the smartphones to be real PP, which I don’t.
Let’s just say that, since I started doing that, I haven’t used my phone camera any more. You can look at it two ways. On the plus side, I have extended my camera use to on-the-spot sharing of SOOC images which is great, and takes a lot of wind out of smartphone images’ sails.
On the minus side, in a search to replicate the simplicity of using a phone camera, I end up combining the functions and complexities of 2 devices. And that is true as well.
Anyone doing the same, or have I gone totally insane?
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