iPhone signals the death of SLR photography

The iPhone has single handedly transformed how easy it is to take and share photos. So good is the quality, so easy is it to take and edit photos, that for many photographers it has replaced the point-and-shoot pocket camera they keep as backups.

It’s remarkable how quickly this has happened. When the iPhone first came out its camera was a nice addition to a transformative device. It took poor quality stills with lots of noise and artefacts; the fact you could quickly email them to friends, though, showed its future potential. But with the latest iPhones, the quality is now so high, and the software available to tweak/improve/modify photos so advanced, that many professional photographers are using them as part of their workflow or, in some cases, their main device entirely.

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Anyway. All this came to me while sitting in Starbucks, of all places, escaping the humdrum of the office and playing with SlowShutter, an app which makes low light and slow-shutter photography ridiculously easy. For 69p. Has the iPhone signalled the death of photography or the generation of something new?

Getty Images’ “Spirit of Cricket” exhibition

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Just got back from visiting Getty Images’ “Spirit Of Cricket” exhibition (free), which was absolutely brilliant. I’d seen a lot of the more modern photos (several were taken from 2004), but they somehow took on more meaning when viewed in full size.

The best, though, were the older ones – at least 2 or 3 I would have bought there and then if I had that sort of money (generally they were all £250 each). They were stunning and evocotive in equal measure, my favourite being a shot of children and adults playing street-cricket in London, with 3 stumps drawn in chalk on a lamp-post. Can’t remember the date – will check in the exhibition’s brochure which, incidentally, you do have to pay for (genuine mistake – woops, sorry Getty).

It’s so rare to have Cricket showcased in this manner in Britain, and the photos themselves are so rare, I’d urge you to go and look. It really is worth it, especially considering it’s free (unless you decide to buy some, obviously!).

UPDATE: I’ve highlighted the ones I liked, which you can see at Getty’s site here