Travel with your phone and make the best use of it.
This is how you can be more realistic with your pictures.
On my last trip to London (September 2022), I enjoyed the city for a few days and am a HUGE fan of museums (Yep, geek remember?), so I decided to revisit The British Museum
On that day, I left my "professional camera" at the hotel since it wasn't my first time, so I thought, "well, I have plenty of photos - the phone is fine."
But for some odd reason (not the weather, of course), when I got in... My eyes capture this moment, elemental but intense composition. So I switched to "photographer mode," looking for any M - Mode (manual mode) on the phone app to get it done best.
I took a few steps back, two left, one right, counting people, waiting to "clear," and then a considerable cloud gave me the "London feel." I took the shot.
It took me almost two minutes (Photographer time) or 20 minutes (Human time), and I loved it.
Honestly, the significant difference was not just to point and shoot but to enjoy the moment, compose, and change from the "regular" lenses to a "wider" one. Then, pause and absorb your surroundings, mapping the people's flow and waiting for the cloud to move at the point where the light is even.
I used to joke that "Camera gear" helps, but if you don't know (or imagine) how the shot will look like before pressing the shutter, you'll have a "standard-me-too" picture.
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