Cell Phone Street Photography

I walked to the local Ace Hardware this morning and took a few shots along the way. I noticed some attempts to thwart graffiti. I love all the color and the bold designs. I hope these works of art remain unspoiled for a long time.

I also discovered that my Nexus 5X is almost perfect for street photography. There are a number of reasons for this.

  • The camera quality is pretty good.
  • Like most phones, a picture can be snapped by pressing any button, and lots of folks don’t know this.
  • Tiny lens produces large depth of focus.
  • No one is surprised to see a person carrying a cell phone in his hand while walking down the street. I can snap away at will.

I just figured this out this morning, and have taken just a handful of shots on the street today. I still need to work on technique, and I need to find a way to stop touching the screen while shooting, which has a tendency to change settings, but I see lots of promise in this technique. Excited to do more!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Adam Tracy says:

    they’re nice photos Dude – did you postprocess these through any software or did they come straight from the phone?

  2. thedude says:

    I Applied Lightroom’s “Creamtone” preset and made other very slight tweaks.


  3. Antonio says:

    A tangentially related question. My photographic workflow is in a crisis because Aperture has been killed by Apple (and when I say killed, I mean I can’t upgrade my Mac any more or it will stop working). I’d also like to mix video and still work into the same outlet and alternate camera and phone. Right now phone output goes to Google photos, camera video to imovie then Vimeo, camera still to Aperture then Smugmug. I would like to simplify. Can you reveal the Dude’s magic workflow? Thanks

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