Originally Posted by sflocal
Originally Posted by zoffdino
Sad, so sad for those photographers. I take photography as a side hobby, and despite the massive improvements in phone cameras recently, those photos still cannot measure up to the dedicated high end cameras. Heck, it's easy enough to tell an image taken by an iPhone 5 and that taken by $600 Nikon/Canon prosumer DSLR. You paid $600 for a dedicated camera, versus $600 for a phone that just happens to also has a camera.
Becoming a photog isn't easy. There are lots of training, interning, learning on the jobs, and yes, heavy investment in photo equipments. It's so sad to see a large newspaper ditching all the arts of photography and tell the photogs "just take pictures with your phone".
That's true. However, when most news is online and pictures are usually no more than 800x600, and printed magazines are slowly going out of style and read on tablets, SLR quality is not a necessity methink. It's sad.
Neither the newspaper nor the people commenting here get it.
It's not the camera that takes the picture but the eye of the photographer.
No matter of the "quality" of the iPhone camera, it has no control over depth of field, focal length, etc.
The iPhone may be the best point and shoot camera, but except for a few lucky occasions that happen to call for the phone's setup, it just won't be the proper tool.
There is a difference between taking a picture like an insurance adjuster or telling a story in an image like a good photographer will do.
The premise here is that photographers are just button pushers and that their "technical" know-how has been superceded by better hardware.
Nothing could be further from the truth, if anything, technology allows photographers to focus on the story telling without getting caught up in the technicalities.
What's next? Replacing journalists with fifth-graders because they already know how to spell the majority of the words?
Journalism isn't spelling, and photography isn't button pushing.
The management of that newspaper is who should get laid off.