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We're accepting mobile photos + New assigment: Going mobile

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Tangie
Admin
Almost everybody's got a mobile phone and almost every mobile phone's got a camera nowadays. The mobile is no longer just a communication device, it allows you to take pictures without worrying about a too heavy equipment or too much setting. Plus, it packs the APPs which turn your snapshot into a hot shot. So we're going mobile for this assignment and when we say mobile, we mean the photo device, the concept, the feeling and the look.

Starting with this assignment, we have added a new category “Mobile” which you can select when keywording shots taken with mobile phones. Although we do not expect mobiles to replace the regular camera any time soon, we expect the mobile phone images to increase in quantity and quality in the future. Hence this category will remain online from now on and you can use it for all images you take with your mobile phones, in addition to other categories that apply for your images. The 'Mobile' subcategory can be found in the Abstract category for the time being but depending on the content and feedback, we may consider changing this to a different category in the future. Based on the EXIF info, all images taken with mobiles uploaded in the past will have this new sub-category automatically populated.

Another new thing this assignment brings is that the mobile phone enables you to be ready to take pictures at any moment so for the first time we're accepting both editorial and commercial pictures. As compared to the 'Mobile' category, this is not a general rule for all assignments from now on. We will of course let you know each time we decide to accept editorials.

Whether you're using a mobile phone or a regular camera to shoot for this assignment, remember the key word is mobile so keep the mobile style and feeling. Think of what you usually shoot with a mobile phone and regardless of the device used, the instantaneous look is essential. It can be anything mobile, a street scene, a day at the beach with friends, a super concert your girl could not make it, a surprise party for you, an unusual landscape, a celeb making an awkward face, election day facts. The mobile phone is not however an excuse for poorly lit or blurry images. We may be tolerant with candid celeb shots but we still recommend you make sure you have the best lighting conditions and phone settings.

What we also require for all assignment submissions are mobile phone applications and filters which turn the common things we shoot with mobiles into uncommon shots fit for wider usage. If you're a camera person, feel free to use it and just apply mobile phone style filters to get a suitable final result. If you're keen on experimenting a mobile shot for this assignment, check and test your phone settings and capabilities first. The 3 MP minimum resolution still applies and we will not accept upsampled images. Pay attention to have the phone cameras set for high resolution and don't forget that applications work differently from device to device (Instagram may save a smaller resolution for sharing and a larger one for gallery). There are hundreds of applications out there and just to give you a hand, we warmly recommend Photoshop Express and Pixlr-o-matic which work for both IOS and Android, Snapseed, working for IOS and soon to be released for Android. But feel free to use any others you find fit.

Best mobile phone-graphers will instantly receive $300 for the first place, $200 for the second place and $100 for the third place. The winners will also get our Dreamstime branded t-shirts, perfect for both mobility and great looks.

Good luck and go mobile!

P.S. US-based contributors, you'd better charge your phone batteries cause now's the perfect chance to be a phone-grapher. Keep a close eye and phone close-by for the US presidential elections news and events in the upcoming days. Tomorrow's Election Day and plenty of newsworthy things will happen!

Edited: 11/05/2012, 09:58:50 AM by Admin
BCritchley
Admin
Ok, did not see that one coming :) Will try and get my head around it and see if we can come up with something :)
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Posted: 11/05/2012, 10:02:13 AM
Nospmisk
Hmm.... well, it is the camera I always have on hand...
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Posted: 11/05/2012, 10:06:51 AM
BCritchley
Admin
I have one just over 3mp but the DPI is 72, is that going to be ok for the mobile section? Cheers :)
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Posted: 11/05/2012, 10:41:30 AM
Costa007
Admin
Resolution is a relative factor that can influence the technical aspect of an image.
Distortion often comes from a poor sensor performance and not from the image resolution (dpi). If your image looks good, 72 dpi can be enough.
Digital zoom should be avoided and at least 3mp native image dimension (not resulted after an upsample) is needed.
more...
Edited: 11/05/2012, 11:06:19 AM by Admin
Wisconsinart
What about grainy skies and similar issues?

What if you get artistic and make a composite?

I see a painful learning curve here.
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Posted: 11/05/2012, 11:41:07 AM
Bobbrooky
I need a new phone!
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Posted: 11/05/2012, 11:41:35 AM
Retina2020
Interesting challenge. My iphone 3Gs is pretty noisy though. So not sure how noise will factor into the acceptance of the photos. My wife has a nokia 808 though, 41MP. So I will see if I can borrow hers. ;-P But I still wonder in terms of acceptance, what DT will be looking at. Cheers.
Posted: 11/05/2012, 11:42:12 AM
Bradcalkins
Interesting - should lead to some quite different images and concepts for this assignment !
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Posted: 11/05/2012, 12:03:33 PM
BCritchley
Admin
I have submitted one and still tweaked it in Photoshop on the noise side. The new section does not appear to be visible under the abstract categories yet.
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Posted: 11/05/2012, 12:05:02 PM
Roberto1977
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Interesting news. May I ask if the site policy regarding the quality and the content of this kind of (mobile) photos is the same as for "normal" photos or we will be swamped with millions of snapshots?

I ask this 'cause I suppose that for this Assignment it could be a good image a classic "facebook/twitter/ecc." photo like "Girl in the mirror", "Dog under the table", "Cat hanging from ceiling fan", etc. (Think of what you usually shoot with a mobile phone and regardless of the device used, the instantaneous look is essential...).

It's just a question, not a critique. I think it's a nice improvement. If the photos will be, in any case, stock.
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Posted: 11/05/2012, 12:25:46 PM
Radub85
I really don't think is a good idea to accept lots of mobile phone photos...even the best camera phone can't compare to a good Dslr, and even so...i think any teenage with a mobile phone will think that he is a great photographer and upload zilions of photos making the reviewers job even harder. If it were me i wouldn't buy a photo made with a mobile phone, and also wouldn't accept them as for sale, but that is only my opinion. To put us photographers in the same place with any mobile phone "photographer" is just you know...wired or dissapointing, i don't know what is the best word to describe this.
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Edited: 11/05/2012, 13:00:49 PM
Wisconsinart
The hurricane Sandy edition of Time Magazine featured an image taken with a cell phone.
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Posted: 11/05/2012, 13:10:55 PM
Roberto1977
Admin

Originally posted by :
Quoted Message: The hurricane Sandy edition of Time Magazine featured an image taken with a cell phone.


That is a newsworthy photo. The value of that image is given by the subject. My concern is similar to that expressed by Radu. "Teenager" photos & overfiltered photos (Instagram makes everyone great photographers).
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Edited: 11/05/2012, 13:26:03 PM
Wisconsinart
There are photography art shows and galleries that feature cell phone images.

It's the future of digital imagery. I don't like it because it means 500,000 new Contributors coming in the next six months. But it is now a mainstream medium.
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Posted: 11/05/2012, 13:38:32 PM
Bogdan
I started submitting to Dreamstime with a Canon Ixux 5Mp. Only in 2008, I have switched to a DSLR. Everybody was wondering how one can make money as a photographer without a big camera. Its not only me, microstock started with point&shoot cameras.

The thruth is, you don't need to have a full-format camera to be a photographer. It is just a tool.

So, I welcome the competition of mobile-photographers!

Bogdan
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Posted: 11/05/2012, 13:52:34 PM
Roberto1977
Admin

Originally posted by :
Quoted Message: There are photography art shows and galleries that feature cell phone images.


This doesn't mean much IMHO. The Culture reflects the trends of the moment, but not every trend is Art. There are also galleries with sculptures made with cans, paintings made by monkeys, etc.... It's just an opinion, the concept of art is very subjective, but, in any case, microstock is not art.
New technology is always a good thing. If someone is able to shoot and upload a great photo with a microwave, I'm happy for him/her. The question I made is not what you use, but how you use it. If the site policy about this kind of photos is the same or not as for "normal" photos. Just this.

Best, Rob.
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Edited: 11/05/2012, 14:18:48 PM
Retina2020
I understand the need of this section since newsworthy material is always of use especially if no one else has a photo of it regardless of quality. However, the greyness occurs when a lot of similar photos are taken with higher quality cams. How is DT going to accept the mobile photo if they have one with the same subject at higher quality cams. Are people with high quality cams going to submit in the mobile category to have better acceptance ratios compared to normal categories? Just hypothetical situations to thick about. Cheers.
Posted: 11/05/2012, 15:58:10 PM
Adeliepenguin
What about pictures taken with my IPad? Are those considered the same as mobile phone
images?
Currently my primary camera is a Fuji XT-1.
Posted: 11/05/2012, 16:07:25 PM
Yellowind
Admin
well, I used to take pictures with my camera, that's why I bought it. For this purpose. And the phone I use is so simple. It has a lousy camera, but I have strong doubts it could pass here :) Well, it's a pitty, but I have too pass this assigment..
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Posted: 11/05/2012, 16:25:48 PM
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