Framing Photos from a Samsung Galaxy

Modern smartphones are capable of taking extraordinary photos, and the Samsung Galaxy is no exception. Livestock interviewed photographer Jason Lucey to get a sense for how he uses the camera on his Galaxy S5, and to see if he’s gone so far as to have any photos printed & framed.


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What version of the Galaxy do you have, and can you tell us a bit about the camera?

I have the Galaxy S5, which has a 16-megapixel camera. And while megapixels alone don’t determine the quality of the image, more megapixels does mean more information, so you typically get more detail. Overall, I’m very happy with the camera.

Taking a step back, when did you begin taking photography seriously?

I started with photography in high school, but it was in college that I took it more seriously. I shot for the newspaper, took a lot of classes, and even left school for a while to work in the industry in Minneapolis. For most of my adult life, I’ve pursued it as an enthusiast, although I do the occasional paid job.

You shoot a lot of landscapes. What do you look for when capturing a landscape?

I have a preference for black and white images, so I look for structured textures and layers to create mood in an image. I’m mostly interested in flattened panoramic views which give a sense of size and contrast. Lately, I’ve been inspired by classical landscape painters. The picturesque ideas of William Gilpin are interesting, as well as classical Chinese and Japanese panel landscapes.

It’s said the best camera is the one you’re carrying. How much of your portfolio was taken on your Galaxy?

My Instagram portfolio is comprised almost entirely of photos taken on my phone. The image quality has gotten so much better over the years for phones.

Have you printed and framed photos taken on your Galaxy S5?

I’ve printed and framed several photos from my phone, many of which are hanging in my office now. The prints are 18×24, and I’m really happy with the way they turned out.

Do you edit your photos on your phone?

Phone images, yes.

And finally, where can people view your work?

My website is the best place. I update it with new photography frequently, and I’ll also post updates when my photography is being shown somewhere.

Livestock would like to add that Jason recently won first place in a contest sponsored by Pro Photo for the landscape category.

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