MIT Museum Experiments with Cell Phone Pictures

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum recently concluded a workshop series, entitled “Take Better Pictures with Your Cell Phone and Win Big.” The participants – consisting mainly of MIT students, faculty and staff – explored the capabilities of camera phones as emerging new tools for art.

“Instead of duplicating a digital camera, embrace the flaws of what it is,” said Gary Duehr, photographer and the workshop instructor. Even if the average consumer camera phones often have low resolution and limited lens capability, Duehr stressed that every camera has its own optical qualities.

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“Mobile phone users could benefit from their camera phone which because of its accessibility allows the user to capture shots anywhere they go,” he said.

Winners of the MIT cellphone photo contest received Canon or HP photo printers, Snapfish gift certificates, and an entry to an award ceremony. The cellphone photos may be viewed here.


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.