DSLR vs iPhone

Why would you want to use a DSLR now days! We have iphones that do amazing things.

I recently was having a conversation with someone who wanted to buy a DSLR. I had to ask the question why? I always ask this question and almost always get the same answer – “because when I print my iphone photos they look like crap!!”

Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my iphone and I love photographing with. It’s the best because it is always with me and close at hand if I need it! BUT it can be a little disappointing when I get a shot on there that I adore and the quality won’t let me print it to anything but a small size and I LOVE big prints!

It’s even worse if you zoom in on something!! Let’s have a look at some examples where the image looks great on screen but when we take a look up closer we can really see the problems.

So let’s look at some examples.

This is the online image that I was pretty happy with


But let’s look at it closer up without its cool Instagram filter.


It’s speckled, and a bit soft on the edges of the blacks.

It’s even worse if you use the zoom on it once it got higher in the sky


And this is how it looks straight out of a DSLR


Clouds came over by the time I grabbed my trusty dslr but you can definitely see a difference. Lets look at them side by side and up a little closer.


Now if you get a great shot and you go to a pro lab they can up size and do all sorts of magic to an iphone photo to get it to print (for a fee!), but if you just want to print it at your regular print shop it just aint going to happen.

So why is this so? its all about the glass!! the lens that is used on the iPhone is no match for the lens that is on the DSLR. The DSLR photo is so clear even without any sharpening that you can even see the string of the kite!!

So in closing, use your iphone to really enjoy capturing your daily world, to practice your composition, to be there when a real camera is not available and to call your friends and family. But if you really want to create magic learn the craft of photography. If you value printing your work learn the craft of photography. And remember if you print your work it won’t lie dormant on your hard drive never to see the light of day.

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