Monday, November 22, 2010

Improved mobile technology and photojournalism

The promise of cellphone photography for newspapers and magazines has not always been fulfilled. Photographs taken with a cellphone have often been pixelated, fuzzy, distorted. But the improvement seen in many smartphones today is changing things.

Witness, for instance, today's New York Times photo essay in its Lens section: Finding the Right Tool to Tell a War Story. All the shots taken by Times photojournalist Damon Winter were taken with his iPhone rather than his standard tool of choice, his Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
According to the story, Winter used his Canon to shoot video as can be seen with the story (click the screencapture to go to the video page).

For small publishers, supplying editors with smartphones is one way to cost effectively supply the tools necessary to not only communicate with the home office, but to take pictures and video, and conduct and record interviews, as well.