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Major advantage of shooting with a phone: Prospective subjects don't always catch on that you're taking a picture. If you squint your eyes just so and cock your head the side like a doofus, they must might think you're opening up your inbox. If they notice at all, because nobody bats an eyelash when someone pulls out a mobile device. Yank out a DSLR in the middle of an airport, however, and you may as well be setting off fireworks.
Major disadvantage of shooting with a phone: The shutter response is so slow that by the time the thing is ready to fire, the Mayans have come back from the dustbin of history and revised their calendar (we're all going to die May 1, 3247 now, by the way.)So as the lineup at the gate to my flight out of O'Hare started to move, I found myself praying that my phone would grab a frame or two fast enough to remember this delightful moment of family peace in the middle of a bustling terminal. I think ice cream lady on the left was totally onto me, but baby mom was too into her conversation to notice.
A moment in the life...
Your turn: What kind of roadblocks do you run into when shooting with a camera that's baked into a phone, tablet or other mobile device?