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Smart Phones Make Everyone A Photographer -- Or Do They?

October 13, 2018 - 6:00 am

By Terry Keshner

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Because of camera phones, it seems all of us have become every day photographers.

But the professionals are still worth watching -- and listening to.

WBBM's Terry Keshner recently bumped into Chicago photographer and recent DePaul graduate Kim Kovacik, who was conducting a photo session with two of her friends at the Garfield Park Conservatory. She offered some insights about the changing world of photography.

"Kids with iPhones are putting me out of business sometimes," she said on a sunny fall day, perfect for taking pictures. "But it's great because it's giving people many opportunities, but then, also, photographers have to step up their game. You have try a little harder."

So, what can a professional photographer can do that your average person with an iPhone can't?

"I like to say bringing things to life. You create stories and imagery, you create interest. There are things that many everyday people don't see that photographers can make happen."

A reporter using an iPhone snapped a photo of Kovacik and her two friends. She critiqued the shot – especially the lighting – and coached the reporter on how to take a better shot.

"Much better," she said.

The before and after results are below.

Her website can be found here.