With smartphone cameras getting better each year, it’s not strange for some people to dedicate themselves to smartphone photography. But is it actually a photography niche?
These days getting your photography out there is pretty easy. Facebook, Instagram, and a lot of other platforms allow you to showcase your work. That democratization of art and expression is amazing to me. And I love it.
There is one thing that we all outgrew though. Calling smartphone photography a niche. At the start it was nothing but that. A couple of people did it, and that was that.
But these days, it isn’t a niche, but a technique.
Making a photo is the goal. Not making it with your smartphone. Just like its not a goal to make it with your DSLR or mirrorless camera. Other than maybe to test or review the device you use.
Now, there is nothing wrong with saying you are a smartphone photographer or do smartphone photography. I even write about tips for doing better smartphone photography. But in general, that’s actually not 100% correct.
When I make photos of insects, I don’t claim I’m a DSLR photographer. I am a macro photographer. Even if I use a DSLR for making the photos.
Oh, by the way, I have a guide that helps you decide if you have to take the photo with a DSLR or with a smartphone.
So when I am traveling and make a photo with my smartphone. I am not a smartphone photographer. I am a travel photographer.
Macro, travel, fashion, … those are actual photography niches. The way you do them is not. It’s just the device you use to create your photos.
I’ve met people who make amazing architecture photos with just a smartphone. Calling them a smartphone photographer sounds weird to me. As they are architecture photographers.
Anyway, I feel like I’m kind of beating a dead horse repeating my point.
What’s your opinion about this topic? Let me know in the comments!
Disclaimer: There is none, I just really wanted to write this piece of content for you. <3