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    Does No One Have a Good Camera?

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    I've been sort of wondering about this lately, but why is it when people post pictures of themselves online, 9 times out of 10 it looks like they are using a 15 year old webcam? I think almost any phone these days, and certainly every actual camera, can take pretty good pictures.

    What's the deal here? Is it to intentionally make things less visible?

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    Sounds like Instagram. It makes things "look cool".

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    People use webcams (which are shit) and phones (depending on lighting, front-facing camera, and age of the phone; also shit). I don't think people by cameras that are exclusively cameras much anymore unless they're a pro, amateur, or hobbyist, not just casual user.
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    I either use my ipod (which takes pretty poor pictures) or my Nikon point and shoot (which takes decent pictures.) Trouble is, I usually take the pictures in bad light situations due to what time of day I'm able to take the picture. A lot of things have to be just right:
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    I only use my iPhone 5 camera because its easy to upload them straight from there and I am not a photographer just a lame documenter, so I suppose as long as I feel I have suitably documented what I want to see, I don't know or care much about the quality beyond that.

    I also never look at the pics I post on a computer- only my phone- so they probably do look grainy full size.

    Are you suggesting people with crappy camera phones stop posting so many pics?

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    Does No One Have a Good Camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by quikky View Post
    I've been sort of wondering about this lately, but why is it when people post pictures of themselves online, 9 times out of 10 it looks like they are using a 15 year old webcam? I think almost any phone these days, and certainly every actual camera, can take pretty good pictures.

    What's the deal here? Is it to intentionally make things less visible?
    I have a canon 5D mark II and 50mm prime f/1.4 lens. Professional fashion photography quality.

    But I don't like to set it up for a simple vanity shot or to carry my dlsr around for random excursions. I mean, my iPhone 5 takes decent pics like this (of my friend) when I take angles, framing, and lighting into account. So why bother?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moluv View Post
    Are you suggesting people with crappy camera phones stop posting so many pics?
    Not at all. I'm just curious why the quality usually sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quikky View Post
    Not at all. I'm just curious why the quality usually sucks.
    The quality of camera phones isn't all that great to begin with, plus a lot of photos are taken in poor light or indoors where camera phones really struggle, and most camera "photographers" are careless when it comes to controlling camera shake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quikky View Post
    Not at all. I'm just curious why the quality usually sucks.
    Maybe the camera phone pics only look good on a cell phone, but I have to say most of the pictures look great to me and are really fun to look at. As Turquoise said, the best camera is the one you have with you at the time.

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