The Forest For The Trees

Like an antique.

An accidental picture.

I wasn’t even thinking about pictures when I looked up and saw this scene. The gray sky was softly illuminating it which gave the trees a sort of old fashioned glow. In fact, in one version of this, I didn’t care about keeping the color true. It looked like something from the late 19th Century. When I restored the color I thought that the picture still looks kind of classic.

Yesterday, I wrote about photographers luck. Today, my photographers luck was determined by always carrying some kind of camera with me everyday and everywhere. You can’t make a picture without a camera, even if it is your smartphone.

Here’s the deal about my use of smartphones. I use to think of them as sort of a sketchpad used to remind me of scenes that I should return to when I am more fully geared up. These days I’m not so sure about that.

Currently my phone is a Samsung Galaxy 9. It was the best phone available when I bought it discounted because I’m old. It’s coming up to two years since I bought it. I like to refresh my phones every three years. This one may last longer.

The phone is almost too much for me, but by using its forward lens I can make files that are 36.6 megapixels. That’s a huge file. Through the magic of computer math these files are technically equal to files made on a DSLR. I tested that. I had some big prints made. The look fine to my eye and I’m pretty picky.

I suppose that we have finally come to a place where smartphones can replace a lot of point and shoot cameras for folks who just want to document their friends and events of their lives. The point and shoot market has been dropping steadily for the past few years. Now, I think it is finally dead.

For those of us who make a living from pictures, so much of our market has shifted online. Paper products are dropping like files. Even the venerable PDN ceased paper production two days ago. If all we are doing is publishing pictures online, a smartphone can produce perfectly good files. If we are, like me, more focused on books and selling prints for your wall, DSLRs and shutterless cameras are still important.

Those are my Thursday musings. Have a great day or night, wherever you happen to be.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

6 thoughts on “The Forest For The Trees

  1. I hate to read that the DSLR is slowly becoming extinct. I’m not a professional, but there’s something about physically holding the camera in my hand, manually focusing however I want, and hearing the “snap” when the shutters close. Pressing a button on a phone that already corrects many things is convenient but also leaves little room for artistic expression. It’s no fulfillment for me with camera phones. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. See my comment to Judi Castille.

      Actually, I feel the same way about all digital cameras. Digital cameras are very industrial feeling. Film cameras feel more like art.

      I don’t know what phone you sue, but most of the newer ones allow you to set the sound like a shutter opening and closing. I have mine set that way because it’s a timing thing for me.


    1. I must have miswrote. DSLRs aren’t going anywhere soon. Point and shoot cameras are what’s dead. Of course, many camera manufacturers are tiny. The end of the point and shoot line is very damaging to them. Nikon could be hurt by that.


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