iPhone or Digital SLR Camera – Who Wins?

I am an iPhone fan. I love my iPhone for documenting my daily life. I even got into a phase when I was using the iPhone more than my 35mm camera thinking that it might do the job. Yes it takes fun pictures and you can use creative filters with it, but don’t be seduced by its features. The real problem is that you can’t do anything with those iPhone pictures beyond posting to social media or keeping it on your phone for reference.  Don’t let anyone tell you anything different.  The one

iPhone photographygreat thing about the iPhone camera is that it’s FUN and I have seen it turn non-photographers into artists, and that’s a GREAT thing!

So I thought I would do a quick comparison so you can see what I mean. I took a couple of shots with the iPhone and a few with my digital SLR so you can see the difference.

I have set up some rules for myself. If I take a picture with my iPhone, I do all post processing or editing within my phone. No amount of Photoshop is gong to increase the resolution or clarity of an iPhone picture. If it’s a lot more fun to play with the iPhone apps anyway!


This picture was taken with the Digital SLR.  The color rendering is much better and the detail of the flower is better.


See how different the color is and how the flowers are a little fuzzy?  This is about as big an image as this one will go without losing definition.



This Picture was taken with the iPhone.














The one on the left is taken with my Digital SLR.  Beyond the fact that it is a very high-resolution picture, I like the color rendering better, and the detail in the picture.  Neither picture is one to write home about, but an interesting comparison.







These are the types of pictures I LOVE to take with the iPhone.  They are fun and colorful and would take hours in Photoshop to get it to look this way.  That’s what iPhone pictures are about FUN.  Not serious photography, but a lot of FUN!




hipstamaticTry this App out: Hipstamatic.

You will love it!  Lots of different “frames” and “films” to play with.  I’m hooked.




Keep Shooting.





Holly Higbee-Jansen

Holly Higbee-Jansen has been exploring her fascination with light through photography since she was a young child.  Holly teaches digital photography both online and in person, as a personal photo coach, blogger and guide for Jansen Photo Expeditions.  Reach Holly by email at:  hhjphoto@gmail.com




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Holly Higbee-Jansen

Co-Owner and Workshop Leader at Jansen Photo Expeditions
I am a passionate photographer and workshop leader, and I have been exploring my fascination with light since I was a young child. As a co-owner and guide for www.JansenPhotoExpeditions.com, I love taking our small groups of clients to beautiful places to help them explore their photographic creativity. Join us on one of our photographic workshops in the American West, Iceland and Central America: www.JansenPhotoExpedtions.com or take one of our online photography classes.  Live life creatively!  Reach me by email at:  hhjphoto@gmail.com
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