Even the professionals that have tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment, do not carry it around everywhere they go. Smartphones have come a long way since they were first introduced in 1992. Yes, Apple didn't invent the smartphone in 2007, but "re-invented" it. After the iPhone was released Google developed their Andriod platform which was an open source, vs Apple iOS closed platform. While many may argue that Andriod is a better open platform, there's been some issues with privacy in the recent years that has proved well for Apple's closed platform.

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But this isn't about who makes a better OS or phone, it's about what the phone can do for you. The camera is one of the top features people research while shopping for their next smartphone. While we take it for granted, there are so many things that go into making a great smartphone camera. While the engineering of what goes into the camera is quite amazing, I'm here to discuss what you can do to take better photos.

The camera apps that come along with your phone are no different than the stock Chess or Solitare game that comes with your PC. It's just a piece of software that runs. The developer like Samsung or Apple decided what you can use and what you can't use. For photographers, that's a deal breaker. We want more control over the exposure. The ability to adjust ISO, shutter speed and aperture are key. 

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ProCamera app by Cocologics is a great app for Pro-Level Photos and Video. It unlocks the potential of your camera phone. Features like ISO, shutter speed and aperture are now available for your use. Even if your phone doesn't have optical stabilization for shake-free shooting, the software can help minimize it digitally. Another big feature is the ability to shoot RAW files. For those who aren't familiar with RAW files, it's a native flat file from the camera. It's untouched by the camera's processor and it saves all bits of data. These files will be larger and require special software to read them. Typically RAW files have more data to retrieve more dynamic range in the photo. This means, your camera phone has turned into a light-weight production camera with professional capabilities that can maximize your camera sensor. While I would love to say that this is going to change your photos from crappy to extraordinary would be wrong. What this can do is greatly improve your chances of capturing great photos in many different situations.

The best camera is the most expensive one, but it's the one you have handy at the given time. Capturing moments and remembering the special times is what is important, regardless of the qulity. If you don't take a photo, you'll never rememebr that moment, and here at MTI Photography, we love "Making Timeless Images"....Together!

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