Opinion: Has portable tech revolutionized the photography industry?

Christmas photography
Are photographers relying on smart devices more than ever? (Image credit: Mikhail Vasilyev on Unsplash)

You creep down the stairs in the early hours and peer into the living room. “He’s been, he’s been!” You race through piles of socks and jumpers, which reveal a stout box at the back of the tree. Could it be? Yes! It’s a new camera! 

You thumb through the manual while the battery charges and, as soon as the flashing amber light emits a solid beam, you whip off the lens cap and proceed to capture the few willing subjects. But when you tire of shooting blurry low-light pictures of grandma snoozing in the armchair, you’ll thank Santa for our 17 tips for getting your best Christmas photos yet.

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Mike Harris
Technique Editor

Mike is Deputy Editor for N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, and brings with him over 10 years experience writing both freelance and for some of the biggest specialist publications. Prior to joining N-Photo Mike was the production editor for the content marketing team of Wex Photo Video, the UK’s largest online specialist photographic retailer, where he sharpened his skills in both the stills and videography spheres.  

While he’s an avid motorsport photographer, his skills extend to every genre of photography – making him one of Digital Camera World’s top tutors for techniques on cameras, lenses, tripods, filters and other imaging equipment, as well as sharing his expertise on shooting everything from portraits and landscapes to abstracts and architecture to wildlife and, yes, fast things going around race tracks.