The first time I brought a camera into a restaurant was over two years ago. This was before I’d purchased my first smart phone, and I lugged around my hefty camera and lenses wherever I went. Despite the challenges of carrying a camera everywhere, this was my creative outlet and I loved capturing my favorite restaurants and landmarks.
Ever since I started working professionally as a food photographer, I do like to take a break from my camera from time to time. Sometimes you just need a little space. I rarely bring it along when we go out to eat or are traveling anymore. On a recent trip to Vegas, I only took my camera out once, opting to use my phone to take all my pictures.
As a photographer, there’s something very liberating about shooting with a smart phone. First off, you can be discrete about taking pictures. It’s easier to capture the environment of a restaurant when you’re not whipping out a massive lens. Both patrons and servers get weird when they see a camera pointed at them (and I don’t blame them for that… it’s a bit intrusive). A phone, however, can be used to take a picture without anyone noticing.