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Mobile phone photography has advanced rapidly in a few short years. The cameras on cell phones are getting more sophisticated with each new model launched. Just a month ago, I upgraded my iPhone 6s plus for the new iPhone XS and the abilities of the new camera are blowing me away.

And if you enjoy taking pictures, really, the best camera is the one you always have with you. You never know when or where inspiration will strike and if you’re like me, your phone is pretty much an extension of yourself. Thanks to my iPhone any moment is an opportunity to take and craft beautiful images.

Moreover, for a few dollars, you can download apps to edit your photos on-the-go. In a few taps of a finger, you can photoshop and fine tune a photo and turn a so-so shot into an eye-catching picture. I have 11 apps downloaded on my iPhone at the moment. I toggle between each to create the pictures on this website.

I also have in my arsenal an app that pretty much turns my phone into a DSLR camera. With it, I can control iso, shutter speed, exposure, focus, and white balance.

And that’s not all, several companies now make powerful and high-quality lenses. I, personally, purchased a kit of 4 lenses from Sandmarc and those bad boys are definitely worth the investment.

So, ok, you say I can take some really cool shots with my iPhone and tweak them with photo editing apps, but is it art. Yes, I say, because art is the result of an artist’s perception of the world that surrounds them. It is the ability to capture a moment, a light, a shape, an object or a person and express the emotion the artist felt. This expression can take the shape of a painting, a poem, a melody, a sculpture and yes a photograph.

Art: the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

Oxford Dictionaries

If that is not enough for you, National Geography publishes incredible shots taken on a smartphone. Even Saatchi Art recognizes the genre. And they are not the only art curator or gallery to give iPhone photography a place next to the artwork of traditional camera photographers.

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