… which begs a number of different questions that I will think but not say out loud.
This surprising ‘result’ (which you should not take seriously as stated) comes from a fascinating bit of on -line research and reporting in which Christian Rudder qualitatively tested photographs taken with various technologies and stuff by asking a zillion people “which of the following individuals would you chose for a date” when shown two photographs.
Rudder demonstrates and makes the claim that more complex devices such as digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras produce more date-worthy photographs than Push Here Stupid (PHS) camera’s, which in turn, produce more dateable (and as an archaeologist, I like that) photographs than cell phones.
I might disagree. While I’m certain the technology matters, I’m also certain that the very decision to USE a cell phone to take a photograph, let alone show it to someone, let alone to, say, use it as your facebook profile photograph shows such a lack of aesthetic judgment and ability that the same person with the best Nikon SLR in hand would still take a totally crappy photograph.
I know this to be true because I am one of those people.
Despite this obvious flaw, the study is fascinating and you must read it. Christian’s findings, which involve thousands of comparisons, indicate that time of day matters (take your photos late afternoon, never between 6 AM and 11 AM, the wee hours of the morning appear to be OK … there is a peak at sun rise and sun set, apparently, so get a local ephemeris to find out the sun rise and sun set times.). A flash is bad. Strive for shallow depth of field. Get the color tones right.
Go read it.
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