"What camera did you take the picture with?" is a question that Prito Reza, one of Bangladesh's prolific photographers, hates. "In 2020, what matters more than the camera you're holding, is your skill," he says.
The power of being able to capture photos on devices that we carry in our pockets, is not to be underestimated. With the advent of increasingly powerful cameras in our smartphones, it is the optimal way of taking photos. Citizen journalism and mobile film festivals have also grown from strength to strength in recent years.
Prito Reza, who has previously authored successful books like Na and Prito Rezar Mukhomukhi: Alokchitrer Sholo Dikpal, released Smartphone Photography at the Ekushey Boi Mela, yesterday. "Thanks to rapid technological progress, the discrepancy between a smartphone camera and a DSLR has decreased dramatically," says the photographer, who often uses his phone to take pictures when he is not carrying his professional gear. "It is fascinating to see smartphones using similar implementations of technology with high-end cameras," he shares, "The manual modes present in most of these phones are more than capable of producing great photos!"
With Smartphone Photography, Prito Reza is essentially encouraging everyone to try their hand at photography. "In my book, I use my technical knowledge as a photographer, and help implement those tricks on smartphones. If you are interested in photography, the lack of equipment is no longer an excuse to back down," asserts Prito, who is also the brand ambassador of world-renowned brand, Fujifilm.
Even though anyone can pick up the book and start learning about mobile photography, Prito's target audience was students in schools, colleges and universities. "I requested the publishers to keep the price as low as possible, even though the production cost was on the higher side," he says.
Smartphone Photography is published by Shobdoshoili, and is available at their stall (256-259) in the Ekushey Boi Mela for the discounted price of BDT 286.