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I was like you. I never thought that I’d really see the day where a phone was capable of outdoing many DSLRs and mirrorless cameras–but it was proof that what counts the most is the message and content rather than looks. These days, phones are catching up to more serious dedicated cameras. Adobe Lightroom, one of the programs that so many photographers use and care about, is now on your phone. But some phones can now also shoot RAW DNG photos and have pretty much full control over the exposure with the exception of the aperture setting. There are indeed some with aperture control, but those are rare and have extra large sensors too.

Some photographers have made their living and careers simply shooting for Instagram and using social media as their main marketing platform. But with the addition of RAW shooting capabilities and editing of those DNG files, phones and mobile devices are catching up and closing the gap even more. But what about interchangeable lenses? Have you heard of Moment? Their lenses are incredible in the right hands in the same way that an 85mm f1.2 L lens is incredible in the right hands.

See where we’re going here?

It’s all about just getting your creative vision across.

Want to use the latest Sony A7 camera? Go for it. Love Leica lenses? Use them to tell your story.

Does a phone work for you? Cool! Use it! Years ago photographers never took the internet, digital, or social media seriously. Times have changed.

Want to cling to gear still? Then learn lighting–it’s where the phones can’t even begin to touch you in terms of quality.

But keep in mind that what you should sell first and foremost is a vision–even if you’re shooting that with your phone.

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You might get an eye roll in some circles if you say you shoot with your phone. Some might say that phones aren’t real cameras, but the truth is that phones are incredibly capable cameras that can sometimes succeed where bigger rigs might fail. Thankfully, there are a bevy of mobile apps to streamline the process from shooting to editing. Here are our picks for best mobile apps.

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Wired recently created a video showing off how to take better photos with your smartphone–and on top of the list is using the VSCO app. But they also recommend using more manual controls from other camera apps. Of course, they also state that you should make good use of the sun and natural lighting.

Indeed, smartphones were long considered inferior by many photographers due to the lack of manual controls; but that’s changed. Additionally, some Android phones now shoot DNG raw images and Adobe Lightroom Mobile allows you to edit those RAWs with ease.

The video on how to take better photos with your smartphone is after the jump.

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Adobe released Lightroom Mobile for tablets then phones last year, and it was only a matter of time until the popular image editing software came to Android devices. Earlier today, the company announced Adobe Lightroom Mobile for Android–something that was in the works for a very long time. Since then, Android has evolved to become what is arguably the most advanced platform for image taking due to manual controls and RAW DNG output capabilities with certain devices.

While the app in no way is terrible, it surely hasn’t made any major advancements. In fact, many of the big mobile editors are still ahead.

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While iOS devices have had Adobe Lightroom mobile for a little while now, Android users can finally rejoice in the fact that the app can be used on their phones. Like all previous versions, Adobe Lightroom works by syncing collections–which then generate smart previews on your mobile device that are based on RAW DNG files for you to edit. Unfortunately, Adobe Lightroom Mobile doesn’t allow you to edit RAW DNG files put out by certain Android phones.

The app runs on Jellybean, KitKat or Lollipop and requires at least 1GB of RAM, a Quad Core CPU with 1.7 GHz and 8GB of internal storage. If you want Adobe Lightroom, you’ll need to at minimum sign up for the Creative Cloud plan targeted at photographers for $9.99/month.

Otherwise, no real new changes have come to the platform yet. Stay tuned for our review.

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Since RAW DNG access was unlocked on the Nexus 5 via Camera FV-5, we’ve been playing a bit with it. What we didn’t expect were some incredibly versatile RAW DNG files with very good highlight recovery and pretty good shadow/black level recovery. After bringing the DNG files into Adobe Lightroom 5, we were able to see what the camera’s small sensor is capable of doing.

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