iPhone Photo Makes Front Page of New York Times

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Great photographers are well aware of the necessity of improvising; most often conditions are less than perfect and situations can quickly change, however the a perseverance of a photographer can return big dividends when he carries on to acquire the shot in spite of many trials.

Just talk to Nick Laham, who captured a portrait of Alex Rodriguez, a New York Yankee which made it to the front page of New York Times Sunday edition. Laham sandwiched into the bathroom of a locker room to shoot portraits of Rodriguez along with other players while at a spring training meeting. He discussed the circumstances on his blog:

"This wasn't my choice, I was not offered an option of a studio or the stall of a bathroom and opted for the latter. I joined a throng of photographers around 6 a.m. within the confines of a Tampa Spring Training facility for the Yankees and accepted what space was available and worked around it." Although Laham also employed his DSLR to photograph the other players, his iPhone-capture along with Instagram-processed images are what gained notice by The Times along with Getty Images, which also licensed the images.

While an Instagramed image might again acquire such a desirable front-page position has not been without controversy: Poynter discussed the topic today subsequent to Laham's photo in which the Business Insider seriously questioned the downfall of photography in the way we know it. However the publication was really not anything new for the New York Times, as they initially ran a Hipstamatic photo of a soldier stationed in Afghanistan by photographer Damon Winter during November 2010.

Laham also shared more images in his blog which he captured with his iPhone during that day, which includes portraits of Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia and Raúl Ibañez:

An iPhone 5 is 8 megapixels. It comes in very handy as a camera which is always with you and has excellent color. It seems 8 megapixels is plenty for newspaper photos. you can actually count the number of whiskers and hairs on the eyebrows. What could be accomplished with even more resolution?

I don't believe newspapers require quite the same amount of resolution a magazine does, and magazines even differ in quality from one to another, so it's not surprising to see an phone photo being used. I would like to think a few of my iPhone images are worthwhile shooting and keeping, so for many of us, this validation that it is not a total waste of time. However if your iPhone happens to be the only camera available at the time, then you work with what you have! Apr 3, 2013 ✓

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