This is a very late post to a trip taken in 2015, when I returned from an eight-day trip to the "Utah Parks": Zion, Bryce Canyon, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante. When I went, I decided I wouldn't take my DSLR, as I felt it might get to cumbersome along some of the more strenuous hikes I was going to be treking. Now, this very moment, some might be calling me a wimp for not sloshing my camera and camera bag around up in the Narrows (a body of water that flows through a slot canyon in the upper Zion region), but I took the opportunity to see what I could do with my smartphone. I have felt that using my phone to try capturing professional photos was amatuerish as a photographer, and until this trip, never considered taking professional photos with it.
It seems to me that more-and-more people are using their phones to take photos, and it also seems like phone companies are continuing to evolve the technology to fit this trend, by improving the resolution and mega pixels of these "smart" phones, and they're doing it faster than a squirrel on nuts-and that's fast! It's not that I never use my phone for pictures, but these were mostly for fun, and not for "professional" purposes. This being the case, I felt this would be a perfect opportunity for me to see what I could do; to see if a smartphone could actually capture professional photos. Here are my conclusions:
Here's a photo outside of Zion National Park - f2.8, Ziess Smartphone lens, Samsung Droid Razor