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Tags: Annie Leibovitz, Brian Williams, iPhone, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 9:04 am · Reply
Hogwash. I’m not a professional photographer, but like to take pictures, and even I’m not satisfied with the iPhone camera. I’ll use it in a pinch (if I don’t have a real camera in my pocket or can’t find one quickly), but to me the images appear flat and noisy.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:20 am · Reply
I AM a professional photographer, own my own fully equipped studio building, have worked in a half dozen countries, own dozens of cameras of all sizes, both film and digital, produce work for advertising, magazines, catalogs, web sites, etc, shot celebrities and CEOs, and I am continually amazed by the quality of images I get out of my iPhones. I had an exhibition of iPhone shots, and even used a few in projects. Maybe I coax more out of them than most people, but my wife and my in-laws are doing great pictures for the first time in their lives using their iPhones. My six year old gets great stuff out of his hand-me-down iPhone. There are a stunning array of photo apps for the iPh. Get to know the device, what it can do, and keep the lens clean.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:52 am · Reply
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:50 am · Reply
I’m like you, I take lots of amateur photos, but my 4S takes far better low-light (flashless) pictures than my Canon A570. Of course camera tech has advanced in the 4 years since it came out, and I almost bought a new camera this year, but for 80% of my picture needs the 4S will do just fine. I’ll bring the camera when I travel, or need optical zoom/image stabilization, or long-exposure shutter control.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 11:50 am · Reply
If that’s the case, you are a crap photographer. I’m not a professional by any means, but I’ve been taking photos since 1979, and my first camera was a Contax 139 Quartz. I’ve worked in print for over thirty years, and for ten was a scanner operator using a Crosfield 6250 drum scanner and doing Photoshop work on the scans for the likes of Titleist and Castrol, so I think I might actually have a clue as to what a good image is. You, equally obviously, have no frakkin’ clue. Especially as you have the audacity to question someone like Annie Leibovitz, one of the world’s greatest photographers. Ignorant troll.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 3:07 pm · Reply
In would have to agree him, if he’s talking about the 4 and not the 4S. The 4 is crap for anything low light.
And really ? Its an iPhone, I don’t believe a professional, an amateur, or a monkey would make much difference in quality when shooting with an iPhone, unless they have sunlight beaming out of their foreheads to provide adequate light.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 3:52 pm · Reply
“The bad workman quarrels with his tools, not because his tools are poor, but because he himself is off-balance inside, and has become quarrelsome by nature. It is seldom the case that shoddy workmanship is due to inadequate equipment or difficult working conditions. It results, for the most part, from the fact that the workman himself is shoddy and indifferent in his attitude. Have we not observed that complaints usually come from individuals who are accustomed to complaining, who have acquired the habit through the years of whining and remonstrating on every slight occasion? The constant complainer needs no particular tragedy about which to be upset. He creates his own tragedies out of the illusionary imaginings of lower mind. Why is it that so few individuals have the courage to look within themselves for the source of their complaints? Why is it that so few are willing to admit that perhaps the real demon of discontent is some secret ambition or personal desire rooted in their own hearts, and that the cause of their unhappiness, and even their lack of skill, is an unbalanced attitude of mind? Perhaps because it is easier to blame something outside. Perhaps because it is the custom nowadays to cast the onus of responsibility upon externals – upon tools, circumstances, people – anywhere except where it belongs – that is, upon ourselves. Suppose conditions are bad and tools inadequate – does constant complaining help the situation?”
– Quote from THEOSOPHY, Vol. 38, No. 11, September, 1950, KERNELS OF WISDOM
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 9:08 am · Reply
Annie is a great photographer though she didn’t mention why the iPhone would be the preferred camera phone over others. I am not eligible for an iPhone 4S upgrade until Feb. 12th but can’t wait. I happen to really like the current solid feeling design in the iPhone 4 so it’s a no brainer for me. It’s always “the guts” that matter anyway and Siri, the 8 mpx camera, updated video are a dream. I’m sure though the iPhone 5, when it arrives, will be a thing to behold but I don’t live or die based on my phones looks.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:39 am · Reply
If you are on AT&T, call them on Feb. 1 and they will let you upgrade.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 9:14 am · Reply
Quite right, most people buy cameras and then barely use them because they rarely have them on them when they need them. The important thing is that because you have your iPhone on you all the time you’re more likely to use it. I go walking at the weekends and I’ve been taking photos and panoramic shots which I never did before because I wasn’t keen enough to take a separate device with me.
The iPhone camera obviously isn’t as good as the majority of standalone models, but it’s capable of taking perfectly decent images. Factor in that people don’t print photos as much and they become more disposable.
For me, the convenience of being able to take pictures wherever I am outweighs the lower image quality.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:13 am · Reply
right on. Its a really good camera, its there, it sends the images right to your computer. And its built in and basically free. My wife and I both have stand alone cameras, pretty good electronic ones…..
We do not use them anymore. They are 4 years old technology wise and we do not have them with us.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 9:20 am · Reply
When you add up all the things that an iPhone does, and what it replaces in everyday life (phone, video and still camera, music player, video player, game player, mobile computer, personal “organizer and assistant,” book, magazine, newspaper, flashlight, etc.), the upfront cost and monthly fee don’t seem quite so high.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:47 am · Reply
I can imagine a parent seeing that interview and thinking they’d get their kid an iPhone just for that. They’d have a super useful device, and save the cost of buying their budding photographer a stand-alone camera they may only use occasionally.
Plus half the fun of shooting is sharing. iPhone + Instagram is a great way to get, and stay, interested in photography.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 9:21 am · Reply
In sunlight the iPhone 4(s) takes beautiful pictures.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:19 am · Reply
If you add a slave flash unit (they are pretty cheap) you can take great night pictures too. Its just thinking ahead.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 9:45 am · Reply
The best camera for you is the camera you have at hand.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 9:47 am · Reply
The “best” camera is the one you have with you…I always have my phone with me, my Nikon 5100…not when I need it.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 9:49 am · Reply
I’m a professional photographer shooting with high end Canon equipment. On a recent vacation to NYC with the family I was shooting with both an SLR and my 4S.
Loved the iPhone for a few reasons: weight (big camera wears on you while walking around all day), attracts less attention from potential thieves (although this could be argued), great pictures (quality on the 8 MP f/2.8 is wonderful), kids could use it to take great pics themselves, easy to switch to video when needed, instant editing with some awesome 3rd party apps, automatic GPS metadata tagging, AND most important to me was the ability to instantly share my experiences with friends and extended family through social media. The quick responses back to our pics was very gratifying, as compared to waiting until I return home, upload to the computer, edit in Lightroom and then upload to Facebook, Flickr, blog, etc. The delay seems so long! Plus, I got to visit and take pics of the newly renovated Apple Store on 5th Av with my 4S (and get a special badge for doing so when checking in via Foursquare)!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 9:31 pm · Reply
Professional.. really? A defining difference between the iP 4 and the iP 4S is that the camera aperture increased from f2.8 to f2.4. And the breathless geekery of the rest… Seems every other poster is either bagging about being a pro or about being a proud non-pro who knows more about photo-taking than dumb-ol’ Annie Liebovitz . I smell a big load of baloney.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 9:57 am · Reply
She’s right: “the snapshot camera”.
Because it’s always in my pocket, rather than the super-duper ultra-performer DLSR that stays at home.
Plus all those iPhone apps – such as Photoshop – I can use to ramp up the pix.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:17 am · Reply
MDN, how come there are blank spots on my iPhone and iPad where the Leibovitz clip is supposed to be?
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:45 am · Reply
Could it be because Adobe was never able to write workable code for mobile devices and MSNBC isn’t smart enough to realize that they are riding the wrong horse?
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