"Seeing" on the Run / by Steve Groves

Recently, I was wandering around downtown, and I thought to myself, 'I'm just going to take a picture with my phone, process it, and post it without stopping.' I didn't stop moving my feet (with the exception of crossing streets, as I value the fact that I rarely get run over by motorized vehicles), shot the photo, edited the photo, and posted the photo on my Instagram feed. 

Now, I don't have a huge following; I'm not really all that established as a "professional photographer" just yet, but I have a substantial enough following. It was then that the likes started rolling in. Frankly, I was surprised at how many I was getting (to date, it's the second highest like-generating photo I've posted), compared to all the other photos I'd spent forever lighting, moving lights, composing, moving lights again, recomposing, adjusting this and that, and eventually shooting and post-processing.

I started to think about this more and more. You see, when I took this photo, I thought it was just an okay shot. Nothing special. Hell, it wasn't even INTENDED to be a good shot. But I did (like I always do when I take photos with my phone) wish I had shot it with my DSLR instead. How much better could this photo have turned out?

Yes, phone cameras have come a long way. Yes, I was using Lightroom Mobile to shoot and edit. Yes, I've had a lot of practice "seeing" in the past few years. I know, I know...

But this photo is something different. It is, quite literally, a fleeting moment--a moment designed to be fleeting in the way it was captured. The irony? I remember more about that "fleeting" moment than I do about most of the other photos I take.

In the end, this is simply another reason to believe that "the best camera is the one you have on you right now." But in the case of iPhone vs. memory, which is the better camera? Seems to me both have a fair amount of clout. 

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