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I bought a Fuji X-Pro2…and I ended up with using my smartphone camera

I really love to read your comments and there’s one of them  that really impressed me: it starts with “Lazy ass!“. Me? Well…the guy was right. I am pretty lazy.

Last year I sold my Fuji XE-2 and I bought a brand new Fuji X-Pro2. I’ll write soon a review about this wonderful camera. I think it’s the most amazing Fuji Mirrorless avaible, but…despite this…I used it less than I was supposed to.

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Let’s be honest: it’s perfect. Image Quality, features, operative speed, AF, high-iso performance, everything is awesome. But the reason I used very few times is that I had always with me a more fast, portable, smart, camera: my smartphone. A simple LG G4. I told you: I’m lazy.

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I don’t want to write the usual hipster stuff about being alternative, being out-of-the-mainstream, going cheap or things like that. But this year (more than a year since my last post) I’ve been busy with my work (dog trainer), I became uncle and I had to cope with the end of my relationship with a narcissistic woman. I’m not looking for compassion, but this lack of spare time has deeply influenced the way I take photographs and report my life through them. I had less time to shoot and I had surely less time to process photographs on Lighroom. But every cloud has a silver lining, and letting often the X-Pro2 rest in the closet brought me in a better direction.

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Taking photographs with a smartphone is very instructive.

The limits of the camera push your creativity to a higher level.

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I’ve learned several lessons playing around with my LG G4:

  • since bokeh is limited to macro focus distances, you have to become more aware of the composition in the frame, because you cannot blur away the background;
  • high ISO-low performance forces you to find a better use of light;
  • people and animal reactions are more natural in front of a smartphone than in front of a camera (even a mirrorless);
  • small dimensions of the smartphon allows you (and teach you) to try unusal and creative point of view;
  • the raw cheap look of a smartphone image teaches you to use post production (most made with Snapseed) in a outstanding way;
  • no matter how beautiful your camera is. Even if you have a Canon 5DmkIII, it’s useless if it’s not with you. My smartphone is always with me;
  • the angle of field of my smarthphone camera is more or less the same of a APSC 18mm (or a Full Frame 28mm), which is my favourite one so far and in my humble opinion an amazing story teller focal length;
  • when you don’t have to worry about camera settings you can focus more on composing and capturing the “decisive moment”.

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These are some great lessons I’ve learned by shooting with my mobile phone.

Again, I’m not telling you to sell your camera and rely only about your smartphone. I love my Fuji Xpro2 (I’ll write a review very soon). I’m only suggesting to give your smartphone a try and see what’s appen. I grant you this: shooting for a while with my smartphone has greatly improved my general shooting skills and photographs quality. When you’ll go back to your camera everything will be easy and you’ll be a more aware photographer than before.

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Be honest with yourself and answer these simple questions:

  • do you always bring your camera with you?
  • have you seen something interesting in your life and thought “fuck! if only I had my camera with me?”
  • have you ever been distracted in composing a solid photograph by adjusting the ideal settings of the camera?
  • have you ever been overwhelmed by the amount of photo to be processed after taking a photograph day with your camera?

This post should end with a statement like “your smartphone is the best camera to report your life“. But I don’t think so.

Your mobile is just a camera and, compared to a DLSR or a Mirrorless, has different attitudes and a different way to translate reality to images.

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I love my Fuji X-Pro2.

I love my LG G4.

Most of all I love the opportunity to steal a moment of this crazy, short, beautiful adventure called life and share it with those I care. And to live this opportunity a pro camera or a smartphone are just different tools.

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Relax. Have fun. Let your photographs sing your life to the world.

Namasté!

Your lazy Marco

ps: of course, all the photographs in this post are shot with my smartphone.

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