Why Using Your Smartphone to Shoot Street is a Good Idea

If you happened to read my previous articles about why street photography is dying, you would probably already know why I’d think using your phone to do some street photography is a good idea, especially if you are a new photographer.

Anyway, here are some reasons why:

  • Composition and Light Takes Priority

As greatly improved as today’s smartphone cameras are getting, they are still nowhere near the quality of a good APS-C or full-frame sensor camera. This means that they are limited in what they can do, especially when it comes to low light situations. As a result of these limitations, when shooting street with your phone you are more likely to focus on how to use available light and better compose your shots.

  • You’ll Always Have Your Camera

A lot of photographers find it hard to take their cameras with them all day, and give this same excuse for not taking enough photos. If you use your phone as your street camera, you won’t have to miss any more crucial shots no matter where you are.

  • You’ll Learn to Tell Stories

As a street photographer, it is important to tell stories through your shots. With a smartphone, you focus more on the content because there’s only so much your phone can do as far as the quality and ‘look’ of photos is concerned. You will start observing everything around you when you have your camera with you at all times, so you will see things that you would otherwise ignore.

  • Learning will Come Quicker

All of the afore-mentioned benefits will lead to much quicker learning for you in the art of street photography. You will take more photos, notice more compositions, use light more efficiently, and tell stories through your photos rather than just using fancy lenses to make photos that look pretty.

So, in conclusion, if you want to step into street photography and don’t have a camera to help you, using your smartphone camera may actually help you become a better street photographer than using a DSLR or mirrorless camera would. Â