"I can’t see smartphones superseding cameras anytime soon”

Jo Bradford
(Image credit: Jo Bradford)

Photographer and writer Jo Bradford has become something of
a sensation in the smartphone photography world. Her first book on the subject,
Smart Phone, Smart Photography, was published four years ago and remains popular. She followed it up with Smart Phone, Smart Photo Editing, which explores image editing using Snapseed software, and now a third book on the subject: Smart Photos: 52 Ideas to Take Your Smartphone Photography to the Next Level

But Bradford’s third book has a different approach from the first two: Smart Photos takes a series of popular photographic techniques associated with ‘real’ cameras, and sees the best-selling author reveal how to achieve the same results on a phone. The gap between what you can produce on the best DSLR or mirrorless camera compared to a smartphone narrows every year as technology improves, but photography shouldn’t just be the preserve of people who practice their craft with an interchangeable-lens camera.

Jo Bradford
Jo Bradford

Based in Dartmoor in England, Jo Bradford set up Green Island Studios, her photography studio and darkroom space, in 2007. Her fine-art photography is represented by galleries in London, New York and Paris. Bradford travels the world to speak about photography and photo editing, appearing on television and radio and at photography events.

She also judges prestigious international competitions, including The Royal Meteorological Society’s International Weather Photographer of the Year, and delivers courses and workshops through the Royal Photographic Society. 

Bradford is passionate about making photography available to everyone and delivers workshops for disadvantaged youth, remote communities and vulnerable groups, giving them the confidence and freedom to express themselves creatively. She uses old smartphones and defunct digital point-and-shoot cameras to facilitate these workshops.

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Niall Hampton

Niall is the editor of Digital Camera Magazine, and has been shooting on interchangeable lens cameras for over 20 years, and on various point-and-shoot models for years before that. 

Working alongside professional photographers for many years as a jobbing journalist gave Niall the curiosity to also start working on the other side of the lens. These days his favored shooting subjects include wildlife, travel and street photography, and he also enjoys dabbling with studio still life. 

On the site you will see him writing photographer profiles, asking questions for Q&As and interviews, reporting on the latest and most noteworthy photography competitions, and sharing his knowledge on website building. 

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