DSLR vs Smartphone for Travel Photography
The evolution of the smartphone has challenged the status of the stand-alone digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) and drawn a line in the sand between those who yearn for a great social media picture and professional photos. The ultimate question on many minds is, has the DSLR camera become obsolete? The answer is a resounding NO.
Mobile phone technology has indeed accelerated a media boom that flooded the open web, which currently has more images and videos than living human beings. But good photography is so much more than applying a simple filter and software can only take you so far. Capturing the raw essence of real-life with dynamic lenses will forever be what separates a snapshot from a work of art. When planning your next trip, you'll never regret taking your DSLR camera along with you on your journey.
You Won't Be Stuck With a Limited Lens When You Pack Your DSLR
One of many things that can't be achieved with smartphone photography is swapping lenses that can capture wide angles, far away figures, and fast-moving targets. This specific limitation makes it impossible to go the distance when faced with the vast amount of nuances photography brings. Smartphone lenses are typically limited to 28mm, but with a DSLR camera, you can use hundreds of different lenses to capture the perfect shot no matter the environment.
Background Compression Can't be Done on a Mobile Phone
Making subjects stand out using telephoto zoom to create background compression is a trending style that can only be done with a DSLR camera. This particular lens function makes background elements appear closer and exclusively shifts focus to the subject in your photo. This feature works exceptionally well when dealing with a claustrophobic backdrop, and the overall composition of your image will be much more balanced.
Settings Make a Big Difference
Some of the most critical components that create mind-blowing photos is the ability to control shutter speed, shift aperture, and change focal lengths. The freedom to tweak these elements adds a layer of pro-quality to pictures, and this turns good photos into legendary imagery. Built-in smartphone settings do the thinking for you, and even though this may work some of the time, being able to control your own settings is needed to tackle more complex photography environments. The newer Apple & Samsung platforms both feature wide-angle and telephoto capabilities, but pale in comparison to the lenses of the modern DSLR.
Pictures are most definitely worth at least a thousand words and capturing experiences in the absolute best way that they can be will cement life's most epic experiences in time. If you decide to take a DSLR camera on your next adventure, investing in quality travel products to protect your equipment is vital. A padded and insulated camera backpack will give you space and disguise your equipment bag. In addition, photographers should be savvy when pulling out cameras when abroad and insure all equipment before departing.
Abigail Baker is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with outdoor and recreational fabric retailer