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T he staff at NEBRASKAland Magazine occasionally takes some time off, and sometimes we find ourselves staring at an amazing photo opportunity without our professional digital SLR cameras. A few years ago, that meant we had no chance of capturing it. Developments in cell phone camera technology, however, have changed all of that. The sensors, lenses and software that drives these cameras are capable of creating images with quality that can rival those from cameras costing thousands of dollars. In addition, enhancing camera phone-made images with various filters, colors and HDR effects have made them user and viewer friendly. However, these "phone" cameras still have limitations. They don't have the optical zoom of a digital SLR or even a point-and-shoot. And the digital zoom, which uses software to zoom or simply crops an image, makes them inferior for work that typically requires a telephoto lens, such as wildlife photography. The flash is also a problem because of its small size and location and relation to the lens. And the lenses aren't as tack sharp as the Nikon and Canon lenses of today or the Zeiss' lenses from days gone by. Yet, basic rules of photography still reign supreme when trying to create images with a camera phone. Having nice light and a unique composition can make images captured with a phone just as interesting as those taken with a digital SLR. On the following pages are a few images we've taken with our phones, ones that each of us have no doubt shown friends and families with the same pride as we have with our long- Phones have changed in many ways, and one of those that outdoor enthusiasts can capitalize on is their cameras. Camera Phones By Eric Fowler and Jeff Kurrus LEFT: Fort Atkinson State Historical Park in Fort Calhoun hosts a period luncheon. The meal was completely prepared by open-hearth cooking. iPhone 5. PHOTO BY JENNY NGUYEN 22 NEBRASKAland • JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017 n

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