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Today Everyone’s a Photographer

By Anne Watson, a member of Whitley Bay Photographic Society

A Google search found it’s projected that a staggering 1.7 trillion photo’s will be taken around the world in 2022 and we all love to share what we’ve taken by posting our images up on Social Media sites. WhatsApp takes top spot with 6.9 billion images shared each day and when you add in Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook the number of images shared each day becomes mind-boggling! 

Which is better?

This series of articles is designed to help you take better images to share with others and it doesn’t matter what kind of camera you have either. As seasoned photographer Chase Jarvis noted when asked what was the best camera for a set of photographic situations ~ his reply was “whatever you happen to have with you at the time”.

 92% of the images uploaded to the internet were taken on a smartphone and these have evolved enormously over the last 10 years and have almost as many ‘bells and whistles’ as the camera an amateur photographer might be seen carrying around. No matter what you use to take an image the fundamentals of photography remain the same. Being Subject, Lighting, Composition and Timing. 

In future articles, I’ll be exploring these and offering tips and techniques on how you can improve both your photography and editing skills to help your images stand out and get noticed.  A digital camera, such as the Nikon above, has been designed to be held using both hands to create a stable platform to help reduce camera shake and blurry images. Top Tip for smartphone photographers – try to find a steady surface for the shot e.g., window frames, lamp posts, benches etc to either lean against or use as a rest as it will help reduce images lost to the dreaded camera shake.

If you’re interested in joining the Whitley Bay Photographic Society, please visit