Mobile Phone Photography

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Cynthia Hedgepeth
Instructor Casson
English 1020
25 January 2012
Mobile Phone Photography
I am going to school to be a photographer, but I already am one, and so are thousands of other people out there in the world. The fact is that many people are taking photos everyday of ordinary things and posting them for many people to see and it causes a chain reaction. I use an application on my phone called Instagram, and I instantly can view photos from around the world, and many times there are stories and things shared between users that give them a larger perspective on life than before they saw the photo. Not only are people using photos captured on their phones for artistic expression, but also to share information with police and news stations, so that action can be taken sooner and more effectively. Mobile phone photography has advanced in a way that has created a community of photographers, through mobile applications. It has also changed the way news is spread on a daily basis. Mobile phones have advanced a long way from their humble beginnings and so have the abilities of people to use them for other purposes such as photography. I remember when cell phones were bulky bricks with large antennas that barely anyone owned. If you don’t have a cell phone these days, people think you are “out of the loop.” Not only do most people have a mobile phone, but most people also use their phone for other purposes than just making phone calls. In an article by the Pew Research Center, the idea that mobile phones are used for many different purposes is discussed. It states that roughly 85% of the US population owns a cell phone, 57% use it regularly for taking pictures and 43% regularly use it for the internet. While text messaging is the next most common use for cell phones, in most countries, taking pictures is not far behind. What is interesting to know is that countries with a higher income generally have a higher rate of people using their phones for social networking through the internet because they generally have higher rates of internet access (“Global Digital Communication: Texting, Social Networking Popular Worldwide”). The research also shows that the Japanese are the most likely of the publics surveyed to say they regularly take pictures or video with their cell phones, with 72% using their mobile phones for such purposes. Roughly six-in-ten cell phone owners in Mexico (61%), Spain (59%), and Egypt (58%) use their phones for snapping pictures or shooting video, while this is much less common in Lebanon (33%), Kenya (31%), Germany (27%), and India (26%). Only 9% of Pakistani cell phone owners say they use their devices for taking pictures or video (“Global Digital Communication: Texting, Social Networking Popular Worldwide”). Mobile phones are no longer only used for simple tasks such as making a phone call, but also for texting, surfing the web, social networking and taking photo or videos. Mobile phones are not only more advanced than ever and being used for many purposes, but social networking applications have allowed people to use their cameras to build up a community within the palm of their hand. When it comes to different cell phone carriers and providers, there isn’t one that doesn’t come equipped with the ability to take photos and download applications for editing them. Many of these apps, specifically for iPhone and Android users, have created social networking sites just for photography. Shane Snow wrote an article titled “6 Factors Behind the Mobile Photo Sharing Boom” and says that the quality of a new iPhone has advanced from 2 megapixels to 4, which is higher than most stand alone digital cameras. In the past, cell phone users might send a photo to a friend, but now they can upload it to a social network and it be viewed in high quality instantly around the world. The span has just increased from your neighborhood to the entire globe. Shane Snow also writes about how one of the greatest parts about...
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