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You Need a Professional Photographer: A Smartphone Won’t Cut It

Katrina Robinson - Thursday, January 12, 2017
You Need a Professional Photographer: A Smartphone Won’t Cut It

Since the smartphone became widespread in the early 21st century (thanks, Apple), people have been setting aside their cameras and instead relying on the one in their handheld gadgets. Then Instagram was launched in 2010, and everyone believed they were professional photographers.

But the truth is, just because you can take killer photos with your smartphone and then fancy them up with Instagram filters…doesn’t mean you should. And it certainly doesn’t mean that you’re up to par with the pros.

Not convinced? Read on. 

Professional Photographers Are Magicians

A photographer knows how to make a cloudy day look bright and sunny. In short, they can perform magic on images because they understand the ins and outs of photo editing—beyond the simple filters you’re used to. 

They can make a drab day look incredible and a dark sky appear to be filled with stars. Do you have the knowledge to do the same?

The Pros Are Contortionists

Angles are everything—and a professional photographer isn’t afraid to look like an idiot so they can get the right shot. The really spectacular images happen when a photographer is lying on the ground, teetering on top of a chair, or otherwise awkwardly positioned. This is because professionals understand the power of angles, and they aren’t afraid to access it.  

Will your buddy who has the latest smartphone be willing to roll around on the ground to catch the best shot during your wedding? Likely not.

The Equipment Really Does Matter

There are countless reasons why a real-deal camera can shoot a smartphone under the table. We’ll only go into two. First, there’s the ergonomic setup. It’s not terribly easy to take images with phones, but with the right equipment, professional photographers can switch angles and take dozens of shots within the amount of time it takes a smartphone owner to set up for one good-looking photo.  

Next, let’s talk about lenses. The short of it is this: a pro has a lens for every situation—zoom, macro, wide angle, telephoto, etc. Sure, you can buy clip-on lenses for your phone, but you won’t get the level of quality that the pros can when it comes to focus and taking photos in low levels of light.

There you have only three of the many reasons professional photography outdoes smartphone images—every time.

Do you need a professional photographer for a wedding, family portrait, boudoir shoot, maternity session, or other special event in Charlotte? Call us at (704)728-2658 or shoot us a quick email through our contact form here.


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