Smartphone cameras used by professional photographers: the stunning views of Miami (part 2)

The world of photography has changed so profoundly in just the past few years. With smartphone cameras passing a certain threshold, the sheer number of captured images in the world has grown multiple times, and more and more of them gets shared on Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, and so many other venues. It’s hard to say when this transition started to snowball, but to us it seems that the growth of Instagram is a good point of measure. In this series of articles, we’d be exploring the amazing world of smartphone photography done right by professional photographers.

The star of our second installment of this series is Miami-based photographer Oleg Dobrinskiy (you can find him on Instagram as 'dobrinskiy') who has turned the beaches and endless summer of Florida into unforgettable, outworldly vivid cartoon slides. There is a very distinct style to all the images, and the photographer himself admits it:

"Many notice that most of my photographs follow a certain style. I like to add a retro style to my images (scratches, noise, washed out or sometimes overblown colors), trying to mimic paintings. That's the way I like to express what I see around me."

Dobrinskiy has two preferred apps: Snapseed and PicFx, and his preferred phone is the Apple iPhone. Check out his creations right below, and give him some Instagram love, if you like what you see.



1. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Too much photoshop, bros. He forgot to photoshop that 6th picture with ferrari and it looks pretty lame. All in all everything can look good with a few filters applied.

2. android_hitman unregistered

So lame... so many filters and so much editing.

3. Nathillien unregistered


4. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

Images are very noisy also WAY too much filter which even spoiled some great images in the list.

5. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

So, what were the other "smartphone cameras" used besides the iPhone?

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Well there is a plethora of 1020 examples, from nat geo taking it on trips, to wedding pro that used a 1020 for his own wedding photos and more.

11. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Was asking about the title. Also, part 1 still has the iPhone as a "smartphone cameras". With the 's'. There are indeed tons of photo examples from 1020 and other "smartphones" as well, but noooooo. Welcome to PhoneArena!

6. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Tbh I don't see any professional touch on any of these photos. Too much processing and usage of filters.

7. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

I like how Victor H. has the title smartphone instead of iphone to avoid smartphone war in the comment section. Well, you kinda succeed.

14. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014


8. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

So good picture + digital noise + filter*filter = Pro? Nice...So many of my female friends are just missing the "good picture" part otherwise they are on the right track..THX TO INSTAGRAM! XD

10. Elusivellama

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

That 2nd pic is almost NSFW lol. Oh yeah, that McDonald's is the reason why it's called McPigs - unbelievable.

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3155; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The only pic I saw with little post-editing was the one with the '72 Riviera. BTW, South Beach ain't the only place to take nice pics in Miami. Every photog goes to SoBe and Vizcaya, so cliché.

13. apanayis

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Nice article regardless of the edit/filter haters, my only criticism is there was no Android references

15. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

There are only a few "stunning" images out of all the images on this page, but there are quite a few great images.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Useless article anyone can use filters to make the pictures look better!

17. jojon

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

nothing spectacular there, lot's of filtering etc. My 1020 would blow that out of the water, and no photo shop

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