08/24/13 782 W - + 3 - 4 Reader Question - How Many Phone Photos Are You Posting?

Was asked this question this week. How many phone photos are you posting these days, instead of with your DSLR camera? The answer depends. For starters, there are precious few phone photos included in the galleries posted on www.legeros.com/firepics. What phone photos do appear are usually panoramic images. Any posted phone photos will contain "-phone" or sometimes "-pano" in the file name. (But not every panoramic image is a phone photo, as the prior posting indicates.)

That said, I also take one or two or a handful of phone photos at incidents and events. These are usually posted in (almost) real-time to my personal Facebook page. Once I'm back at my computer, I'll remove any that don't look good in "regular size." (Small screens make phone photos look great, don't they?) Some may later surface on www.legeros.com/firepics as well.

See, here's the problem. When I'm shooting on scene and switch to my phone--for the purpose of a real-time posting--there's a chance I'll forget to take the shot again using my DSLR camera. It's like my brain links "okay, that's been photographed, move to the next thing." I've tried a couple things to combat this problem. First and easiest is only shoot with my phone *after* using my DSLR camera for the same shot. Second change is abstaining from phone-shooting and post-shooting at the same time. Too disruptive to the creative flow. I'll do the second part a bit later, at a break in the action, or right before leaving. Not quite real-time, but sufficient for my purposes.

Now for a big fat exception. For the last year or two, I've been using my phone instead of DSLR camera when shooting when traveling. Same for some fire service events. The pictures are initially posted to my personal Facebook page, either in real-time or later that day/night. Maybe even later, I'll pull the best of the bunch (e.g., non-crappy in "regular size") and post on one of my web sites (see below). I'm turning away from this approach, however. The ease of point-and-shoot-and-share is offset on a number of fronts, including heavy battery usage (and a lot of repeate recharging) and the lower quality of mid- and low-light photos.

Here's a primer on my photo sites and contents therein:

Web Site Subject Matter Frequency of Updates Camera(s) Used Retention of Posted Photos Notes
legeros.com/firepics  Local incident and event photos, plus (mostly) related travel photos. Every few days. DLSR, almost always. Three or four years. Also includes links to photos by Lee Wilson, and occasionally guest contributors.
legeros.com/photos  Travel and stuff photos. Very rarely. DSLR, mainly. Forever. Travel and stuff photos, minimally updated. Retained indefintely. DLSR images, mainly
flickr.com/legeros  Historic firehouses, fire museums, travel photos, local explorations, other stuff. Occasionally DSLR, almost always. Forever. Occasionally updated. Retained indefinitely. DSLR images, almost always. This is the place to find collections of galleries including yearly "best of fire photos," which is the closest thing I have to a portfolio of my fire photography.
facebook/legeros  Life stuff and fire stuff, posted to separate monthly albums. Daily or abouts. Phone, mainly. Six months or so. Plus one-off albums of both DSLR images and phone photos. Some travel. Some fire/event stuff, with people tagged.


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