Statistics show that smartphone users rank high amongst the uploaders to photo sharing sites like Flickr, but this point-and-shoot convenience can rob users of some basic photographic skills such as framing, composition and using different lenses. Scotland's David McCourt hopes that his Slow Photography camera will help mobile phone camera users get a feel for using a professional grade digital camera, without selling the family car to pay for one.
McCourt told Gizmag that his Slow Photography camera is currently at the first prototype stage and that its "form and theme is inspired by medium format photography (respecting the traditional top-down viewfinder) and drew aesthetics from Russian cameras in the formative stages."
A user would slide open the front caddy and pop in a smartphone with the lens facing outwards. Image framing and scene composition is undertaken by looking down the viewfinder, and there are three lens options on offer – fixed focal length, macro and fish eye. Once satisfied, the photo is taken by pressing the shutter release.
As you can see from the sample images above, the end result is fashionably low-res. The Slow Photography camera is quite a stunner and certainly has old-world charm, but whether it will go on to capture the creative imagination of mobile phone camera users – and how long such a novelty will stay fresh – remains to be seen, and will probably depend an awful lot on pricing.
McCourt is currently looking at options to move the camera towards production but, alas, is keeping tight-lipped about details. When we find out more we'll let you know.