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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fun phone photography contest a cool primer for the art.

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This fun but formulaic series, which touts itself as the first phone photography competition show, underscores how mobile photography has evolved from amateur snapshots into a serious part of the art form. However, aside from the fact that it promotes top-of-the-line Samsung camera phones, Exposure doesn't offer techniques specific to a cell phone camera. Instead, it focuses on the images themselves, and how they demonstrate the contestant's ability to tell a visual story while balancing composition, texture, and lighting. How far they should go in the post-editing process is also discussed.

It's colorful and edgy, but the overall show doesn't offer anything particularly surprising or new outside of the photographer's creative work. While contestants can be hard on themselves, there isn't a whole lot of competitive drama between them, either. But this is a good thing, because it gives those interested in the craft a chance to pay attention to the constructive feedback offered by the experts, which they can then incorporate into their own work. Ultimately, Exposure offers some interesting insight into what makes a good photograph, regardless of the type of camera.

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