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Thrifty Thursday: The Mighty Cupcake

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Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500.

Cupcake the Cat

[iPhone 4S - $330]

Yeah, I know what you're thinking. Alex is phoning it in today and posting a cat. And you'd be right. Sort of.

I have reasons for featuring Cupcake on Thrifty Thursday, though. This photograph could not have been taken with my big SLR camera.

First, the dramatic paws-forward composition is the normal bugs-eye perspective of a phone camera lens. Paws are a lot more impressive when seen from a small lens than from a big one. Second, I simply can't drop an SLR low enough. Not without cutting a hole in the floor. Look at how much lower the iPhone lens sits than the Canon 100mm f/2.8 lens! The extra few centimeters makes a difference.

Phone cameras have their strengths. If you play to them, you'll take memorable photographs.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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