You Don’t Need To Have A Better Camera To Take Better Pictures

September 18, 2015

Few days back, I was asked to answer a question on Quora by Sagar Dhadnekar. The question was:

Photography: What are the best examples to prove that you don’t need to have a better camera to take better pictures?

Within hours, the answer received upvotes in thousands. Sharing the answer here.

No DSLR/SLR/iPhones/Flagships. Here’s the camera I use:

Redmi 1S


Xiomi Redmi 1S – 8 Megapixels – ‚āĻ6000.

Let’s prove by some examples. Below are some photographs it framed,

Close-up and details?

Sun flowers are shining bright


Action and Silhouette?

Silhouette in action Ajmal Gadh


The power of minimalism and colors

Minimal tree with vibrant colors


Did I mention minimalism? Yes! Here’s a minimal street light. Yes, all these are from a phone camera.

Minimal street light in Nadiad


And did I mention colors?

Silhouette with vibrant colors


The power of focus and blur!

Waiting for the time to pass by


Totally unedited

Don Hill Station Saputara Unedited version


Another unedited version

Stones stacked up, unedited version


Oh! She’s cute, isn’t she?

Little cute bird


Till now we have seen nature, objects and colors. Want to see humans?


Indian farmer sweating in during monsoon


The power pose

The power pose at Champaner Pavagadh


Well, that’s me in the end!

That's Me, Darpan Dodiya


Proved? ūüôā

Point being, you don’t need an expensive gear to become a photography enthusiast. All that’s required is, to be aware of the surroundings and to use the opportunity.

With the use of the right techniques and right post processing, one can produce high quality photos from a phone camera too. You don’t need a DSLR.

About Post Processing

Yes, I do edit the photos. Yes, because the phone camera can’t capture the colors and light properly. Also, you don’t get the impressive blur/focus effect that you get in a DSLR.


Initial Capture

I use CameraZoom Fx as primary camera app.
Focus Mode > Pre-focus
Metering > Spot-metering-adv
All others auto and I change them as per the scene requirement.



Mostly I use Snapseed by Google for editing. In rare cases, Adobe Photoshop. Snapseed is the fastest and most effective.


How did I learn?

First things first, I’m not a pro photographer. I do it for fun and memories.

I learned concepts of Photography from various books, blogs,Reddit etc.
However, all those concepts I learned are don’t really applicable in case of mobile camera. e.g. You can’t set shutter speed in phone.

I wrote an introductory post on basics of photography on my blog. It’s a 3 minutes read to get started: Learning Photography 101: The Essentials Terms and Techniques & Tricks

My initial photos were boring and totally dull. The key for me was to keep capturing scenes and moments. After a while, when I became a bit good, when people saw and liked my photos, it motivated me to take even more good photos.

If you’re an amateur wishing to get into photography, you’ll take horrible photos first. Don’t feel down. Keep pressing the shutter button and you’ll be a pro one day!



All I mind when taking any picture is the content in the frame. If you get the frame right, all other things can be easily modified/transformed.

Personally, I love to do Silhouette photography: Silhouette Store – Playing With Sun, Sky And Colors

Normally people see Instagram as a platform to show off selfies and body curves. I rather see it as a potential photo sharing platform. For me, it’s Instagram that gave me constant fuel to take good photos. ūüôā

I’d love to join with you on Instagram at: Darpan Dodiya (@darpandodiya) ‚ÄĘ Instagram photos and videos

I always look for interesting accounts to follow!


Quoting Redmi 1S tagline here: Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen!

More on this line:

  1. Reply

    Milan Makwana

    August 25, 2016

    I Own Redmi2. Never clicked this types pictures before !

    • Reply

      Sujit Yadav

      October 20, 2017

      He is right about it. But Red mi 2 is much poorer than Red Mi 1s.

  2. Reply

    Jinesh Mehta

    August 19, 2016

    Darpan really awesome photography through mobile. And I belive what you penned. Good article for amateurs. .
    Sharing on my FB page

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      August 21, 2016

      Thank you so much!

  3. Reply

    Nidhi Joshi

    September 18, 2015

    Seriously awesome proof…

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      September 18, 2015

      ?‚úĆ Thanks!


Darpan Dodiya
Raleigh, NC, USA

Hi! I'm Darpan. 24 yr old Software Engineer, now pursuing Masters in Computer Science at NC State University, USA. This is my personal blog to share my interests in travelling, photography, programming and life. Glad to see you here, have a look around the website, you'll enjoy. Drop a comment or reach out to me or get connected via links below. Have a good day! :)