This article needs updating. I am now using a Google Pixel phone – excellent for photography. It’s just an evolution of the phones I have used below – just better, faster.
My philosophy is to spend money on adventures which present amazing photographic opportunities rather than spend time and money indoors playing with a flashy Digital SLR. Besides, I am not going to carry a couple of kilos of expensive equipment around that can easily be damaged by the elements.
The SWCP was my first step into Digital Photography using a Sony Ericsson K750i phone and Flickr. Each photo was uploaded daily as an email, whose subject line became the title of the photo and the email message became the description. I was very pleased with the results www.flickr.com/photos/swcp630. That phone only had a 2MP camera and weighed 99g.
I now use a Google Nexus 5 Phone, which has an 8MP camera, which can take panoramas, spherical compositions and very acceptable landscape and people photographs. In particular, I have found the HDR mode produces great results as it balances the exposure between the bright sky and landscape. It takes great close-ups too. Quite a few shots on this website have been taken with a Nexus S, Nexus 4 or Nexus 5 phone. Only a few have been post-processed or subjected to Google’s Auto Awesomeness.
More importantly, I am beginning to understand that photography is not about technology, post processing or equipment, but about the message you want to convey to the audience. I am just at the beginning of this artistic journey and a book that has helped me a great deal is The Art of Photography by Bruce Barnham and also an excellent article by Ken Rockwell at http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/not-about-your-camera.htm.
I’m no Ansel Adams, but I try my best.