We had a one on one interaction with Prasad Naik, renowned photographer with over two decades of experience in photography, whose work includes covers and fashion editorials for Vogue, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Wallpaper, Elle and L’officiel as well as campaigns for Vogue EyeWear, PH Purses, L’oreal, Swiss International Airlines, Ravissant, Nivea, Dove, Killer Jeans, Pantene, Panasonic, Sony, Samsung and many more.
In his interaction with TelecomTalk Prasad shares his views on the changing trends in smartphone photography over the years and how the boundaries of the distinction between a professional DSLR and a smartphone camera have started to blur with the advent of better and advanced technology in building smartphone cameras. The excerpts from his interaction have been mentioned below.
TT: What are the changing trends in requirements that consumers today have from their smartphone camera?
Prasad: Smartphone cameras over the years have gotten very advanced, with better lens assemblies and better sensors making them more efficient at delivering better photos. I had never in my wildest imagination thought that I would shoot without film one day, and now its all about digital photography and people are adapting to this new trend. The A lot of new features like depth effect have come up in smartphone cameras which gives the photos an almost professional look.
TT: What is the difference between photography with a smartphone and a DSLR camera?
Prasad: Like I said, the smartphone cameras are getting technologically advanced with better hardware setup, delivering professional looking photographs. This has caused the lines of distinction between smartphone camera and DSLR to blur considerably. Also, today is the age of social media and smartphone camera gives you the liberty of mobility and the luxury for always being equipped to capture any moment and instantly share it by uploading it to the social media, that’s something that a bulky DSLR cant. But what’s even more exciting is that I have a new smartphone with me right now that really creates magic, in any light. That’s how powerful a phone camera can actually be. For the curious cats – its coming out this month, on 18th January, so keep your eyes peeled for it.
TT: There is a growing trend for dual camera setup in smartphones for portrait mode, does this have a significant advantage over software level depth effect filters?
Prasad: Having a dedicated dual camera setup definitely has an edge at the hardware level to capture the real depth effect, where the primary camera focuses on the object being photographed while the secondary camera focuses on the background and blurs it out. A software level portrait filter is only a compensation for getting similar results on devices which only have one camera.
TT: How important is good lighting for sharp images? Can a larger aperture and low shutter speed compensate for poor lighting?
Prasad: Good lighting definitely gives sharper images though it is not always available and there are often situations where low light photography becomes inevitable. A lot of smartphones these days have cameras with wide angle lenses and good low light imaging capabilities. Low shutter speed does technically allow for more light to be captured during low light photography but comes in handy only when shooting stationary objects, not fast-moving ones which will go out of focus and blurred.
TT: The youth today seems to be obsessed with clicking selfies. Would you share some tips for clicking the perfect selfie?
Prasad: Like I mentioned in the previous question, good lighting is key to a good selfie, and front flash or screen flash comes in handy for this purpose. Some smartphones offer smart, clear skin filters which can be applied during clicking of the selfie for the flawless looking skin. The correct angle also plays a role, some people have one profile of their face (right or left) which looks better than the other, and that should be displayed in the selfie.