I met a breast implant dealer and a cowgirl at Madrid airport and we didn’t take a picture

I met a breast implant dealer and a cowgirl at Madrid airport and we didn't take a picture

It was in February when we Discuss how much phone makers pay attention to cameras. In short, the latest leading software from apple, The Google, Samsung oneplus, Xiaomi and so forth dedicate a lot of time and resources to developing, designing and marketing the camera experience for their latest flagship phones, but while smartphone camera upgrades are guaranteed, they are mostly incremental. Phones may get new camera bumps, but often times the sensors, lenses, and even image processing are far from new.

Back in the same story, I mentioned that manufacturers can’t be blamed for focusing on the camera experience, given the demand or people’s obsession. Best smartphone camera He looks as strong as ever.

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And as it turns out, travel can really affect one’s view of certain things. For me, it took two final trips to Berlin and Madrid, which got me thinking:

Let’s explore!

The Pixel 6 Pro has an incredibly interesting camera system…maybe very fun!

Before I try to convince you to start taking less pictures with your phone, I have to say that I really like Pixel 6 Pro camera system. I’m focusing on the Pixel 6 Pro because it’s my primary device at the moment.

The main zoom cameras and Periscope cameras on your Google main device are pretty amazing no matter if you’re taking photos or videos, in good, mixed or low light conditions. Framing a “professional-looking” shot with the Pixel’s 4x zoom camera is a piece of candy, which makes this a favorite phone camera for me… Start. In fact, despite being noticeably weaker in quality, even the wide-angle camera has proven useful for tall/tall building photos.

On top of that, the Pixel offers a bunch of really amazing camera tricks thanks to the work of advanced Google software. action pan It allows you to take pro-looking shots where a moving subject is frozen in motion, while my Chilean friend Philip, whom I met at a hostel in Madrid, was completely stunned by Magic Eraser, which can remove photo spoilers from your photo with a single click.

But…

I’ve noticed that it’s the abundance of focal lengths and fun features on recent flagship phones that trick me into taking it More and more and more Pictures I don’t necessarily need or won’t use… Maybe ever.

For example, having three different focal lengths is very useful, and brings smartphones as close to “real” cameras as they ever were. However, it’s also an open invitation to fill up your phone with at least three different images of the same thing:

  • one of far awayWith the ultra wide angle camera
  • one of Not that far With the primary shooter
  • and one of close With 4x zoom lens

The last one I often just eat brain blast. just me?

Phones and fast food photography: In the literal and figurative sense

I don’t know if I’m alone, but I do notice a pattern of the fast food approach with some of my photos and that inevitably makes them less intentional. On the flip side, I’m not big on actual Instagram fast food photos, so I take back some points.

Look, if you’re on a trip to Berlin or Madrid and only have a few chances to capture the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie or the Santiago Bernabeu and the Miguel de Cervantes memorial, I’d argue you’ll make sure the photo you take is the best you can.

However, combined with our fast food photography culture, phones with “crazy cameras” and hundreds of gigabytes of storage may not be the best companion for those who want to stay present – something that should be a priority when traveling.

#TakeMeBack#: Create real stories or create Instagram stories

thing about him fast food photography (I’m coining this term) is that we do it to prove to ourselves or someone else (often on social media) We were somewhere And do something Either in real time or often even at a very late stage, when some people upload photos from previous trips (#Iwantback).

However, the concept of making memories can be very different from taking pictures. certainly, seeing is believingbut we shouldn’t forget that most people have the privilege of being able to hear, smell, taste and literally feel the world around them – whether it’s a warm night in Madrid or a rainy morning in Berlin.


I recently discovered that focusing on my phone screen and trying to take more and more photos can separate me from my surroundings as a whole. The problem here is that some moments never happen twice.

Thank you Konan

But he was listening to Conan O’Brien on the Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend podcast (after the flight to Berlin, but before the flight to Madrid), when I realized I might want to be more present when I travel.

Conan is an entertainer, so dealing with the people and circumstances around him is crucial to making his show and comedy act. He has traveled to many countries around the world, thanks to the “Conan Without Borders” section (from the now-defunct Conan Show).
Ironically, he had a great camera crew at his disposal during every trip, which helped him capture his fun interactions with the locals. It’s interesting to see the camera this time around in a role where it’s easier to share, rather than rob one of the chance to try it on.

So, I decided to try to do the same…

This part of the story was written in Madrid, so it will be in the present tense.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a camera crew, but I tried sType in the moment. I went to watch a Champions League game (football for our US readers), and was really lucky to meet and hang out with people from different parts of the world. It’s my Conan show.

Did you take 150 photos and videos in just two days? Well, in my defense, And for my standardsThis is lower than usual. Furthermore, these photos and videos include my first Champions League match Startincluding seeing my childhood soccer hero, so I could easily double that amount.

But guess what? I watched the match and enjoyed it. For the most part. There were two goals. I saw the second. I was busy checking out the stadium and the exciting atmosphere when the first goal was scored. It all sounds like a dream…

In the end

In case you’re wondering, yes, I still find myself taking out my phone during trips, but now I’m actively and consciously trying to organize my take out for photography.

And sometimes… I take the picture. Because I’m in Spain! There are no uphill streets where I live. duh. So yeah, I haven’t gotten there yet but I like to believe I’m making progress…

For example, I met this Belgian group in a restaurant in Madrid. I was about to get takeaway, but they invited me to sit down. We had an hour’s conversation, and ended up going out to dinner the next night. And we didn’t take a picture. And not even anyone. But I remember what we talked about, how they made me feel, and their stories… It’s refreshing.

For the record, we went back to the taco place for a photo the next day, but that’s because this whole story deserves to be turned into a thin book, and I hope to put it together… one day. But until then, if you’re looking to start organizing your fast food photo shoot on trips, here are some solutions that come to mind, which I might try myself:

  • You can probably get a phone with a less capable camera system, so taking pictures all the time is less tempting
  • Get a dumb phone and a physical camera or smartphone, but also a physical camera for all your photos and videos
  • What about Insta360 Go 2? It’s the world’s smallest action camera, can be attached to your shirt, and worn as a medal, so you always have a view of everything you’re looking at. It can take photos and videos, leaving your hands and mind away from distractions

It’s practical oh mila (that’s in spanish, okay?)

Should I give up my Pixel 6 Pro to start making memories? Well, that sounds just like what I’d love to do, but maybe not yet. Because my phone helps me take notes on my travels, and the photos I take can come in handy when I don’t remember the timing or location of some event for my book. remembers? It certainly happens.

At the same time, am I willing to make choices like Insta360 Go 2 Try? certainly! Wink, wink, Insta360. Aside from keeping me going for now, I can think of another big advantage of the wearable action camera on phones for me, which is the fact that I’ll always have all my media on one device. Currently, I have my photos and videos spread across at least three different devices. Not cool.

Finally, the main takeaway from this bizarre story is that my trip to Berlin and Madrid and Conan’s podcast taught me that life highlights can come spontaneously without warning. Thus, recording the moment in your memory will likely be a priority. Then come the photos and videos. yes?

I mean… I met a Belgian milkmaid and a breast implant dealer at a taco restaurant in Madrid. You can’t live your dreams by staring at your phone screen!