Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge #23: Cell Phones

There’s a saying that I’m probably butchering that goes something like this: “The best camera is the one that’s with you.” I’ve also heard “The best camera is the one you use.”

Our cell phones really are the cameras most of us have with us at all times. In that spirit, let’s annoy Meegan (She’s not a fan of this challenge…) and stretch our creativity by taking the best photograph you can with your cell phone. Prove that it’s the photographer, not the camera, that makes a photo. Being a video guy, you’ll get extra points for sending us a snazzy moving picture.

This was my attempt at getting a photograph of myself, and my friends’ dog, Dib, playing fetch. But it was darkish. My not-quite-smart phone is sluggish when taking photos, and the dog wasn’t cooperating. Lesson learned. I’m going after a slower subject for this challenge. I’m expecting you all to do better than this.

Cell phones (Are they really phones anymore?) Are getting more and more advanced, with the megapixel race taking them over as it once did point and shoot cameras. I’ve seen the new iPhone pictures, and they look surprisingly good.

So, now you’re probably thinking, how do I submit my photo from my phone?

(Disclaimer: These steps will give you instructions on using texts messages from your phone. Be mindful of any charges your account may incur.)

There is a way to submit to the yourmedia.kitsapsun.com gallery directly with your phone. Log into the site,GO HERE, and follow the instructions. In a few minutes you’ll get the code via text message. Now the photo’s in the main gallery, but not the Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge gallery, where we would much prefer you put it. To do that, GO HERE, click the box under your cell photo, and click the “Add details to” button. There’s a drop down menu to select a channel. Ours is almost at the bottom.

If you have a smart phone, you can just e-mail the photo to yourself with your phone’s fancy wizardry, then upload it from your home computer. Alternatively, some of you can choose to picture message the photo, but instead of typing a number as the recipient, type your e-mail address. Download the photo and upload as you normally would.

So go get creative with the camera you’ve always got! You have until TUESDAY, Aug. 17.

– Derek Sheppard

***To recap: Every week we will post a new photography “challenge” to help build on all of our current photography skills and to encourage everyone to get out and get shooting (cameras not guns). While we encourage you to shoot the challenge in the week that it is assigned, we will however accept entries taken prior to the challenge assignment date.

When you’ve got your favorite shot, login to the Kitsap Sun Your Media Site (if you don’t already have a login, you can quickly set it one up) or click the “Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge Entries” button over there on the right side of the page and upload your image to the Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge Channel (the channels run along the left hand side of the page, again if you can’t seem to get it into the channel just upload it normally and send me an email and we’ll move it).

2 thoughts on “Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge #23: Cell Phones

  1. Derek – Any restrictions on post-processing, or in-camera processing? Like camera apps that render images like an Andy Warhol painting, or sepia tone, or ???

    1. Nope. Good question. If you’ve got fancy photo apps or an urge to use PS, go for it. Please let us know what apps or software you used though. Someone might want to try it themselves.

      – Derek

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