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launched its photo-sharing service allowing users to post their images on its platform and commune with other photographers on message boards. As digital devices such as smartphones and tablets have become more advanced, so have digital sharing platforms like text messaging and social media appli- cations including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Th is year, according to market research, global users will take more than 1 trillion digital photos, and about 75 percent of those photos will be taken with a smartphone. “But in my opinion, phone photography is no threat to traditional photography,” Bareford says. “Th ere are a variety of applications in which phone photography is desirable and perfectly capable. … Like Polaroid prints, phone images have a particular aesthetic quality and sense of immediacy that is distinctive and appealing to contemporary audiences. As smartphone camera tech- nology and its related applications continue to evolve, photographs captured using phones will be regarded with a greater level of seriousness. Th ey may never rival the aesthetic refi nement of medium- and large-format digital camera systems, but then again, the applications of the technology are fundamentally diff erent.” Bareford also believes that phone photography is largely responsible for the resurgence in popularity of 19th century photographic processes. Th e digital photography revolution is inspiring some modern pho- tographers and artists to rebel and reengage with the more physical photographic methods of the past, such as daguerreotype and wet-plate. Daguerreotype involves coating a copper plate with silver iodide and exposing it for hours in a camera, then fuming it with mercury vapor to fi x the image. Wet-plate also requires many manual steps, including coating a glass plate with a collodion mixture before immersing it in silver nitrate in a darkroom. “Even professional wedding photographers are mak- ing wet-plate portraits of their clients as an added feature and interesting selling point of their wedding Omni William Penn Hotel, designed by renowned architects Benno Janssen and Franklin Abbott, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its grand interior has drawn photographers’ attention for more than a century. photography packages,” he says. “Traditional photo- graphic processes are alive and well in commercial and fi ne art applications.” While photography equipment has evolved for more than 200 years since the fi rst grainy photo was captured, the images left behind remain unchanged. Th ose cap- tured moments are what make the art enduring. • PICTURE PERFECT EVEN IN TODAY’S WORLD OF HIGH-PIXEL, POINT-AND-SHOOT DIGITAL AND SMARTPHONE CAMERAS, TAKING A FLAWLESS PHOTOGRAPH IS FAR FROM EASY. HERE ARE FOUR TIPS TO IMPROVE THE CRAFT. 1. Find the Light “Pay close attention to light and shadows,” says Atlanta-based photographer Audrey Andersen. “If the sun or another bright light source is behind your subject, your subject will generally be too dark. If you are photographing in the middle of the day, the sun may cause people to squint or cast harsh shadows on your subject’s face unless you fi nd a well-lit shady area. The most fl attering light is in the mornings and evenings. Position your subject so that soft light illuminates his or her face.” 2. Capture the Details “Most people focus on the large, popular landmarks at their travel destinations, taking photos of things like the Eiffel Tower, Mount Rushmore or the Golden Gate Bridge,” Andersen says. “That’s great, but don’t forget to capture other aspects of your trip, too, like a mime or a fl