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Best phone photos of 2015

by W. Andrew Powell

Until last year, I rarely left the house without my camera. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t imagine doing what I do without my DSLR–interviews, covering events, and all of the rest–but as phones get better, the big camera just isn’t as necessary all the time.

Thanks to the last two generations of Samsung phones, I always have a camera handy that takes fantastic photos. Closeups, people, scenery, and everything in between–my phone does it all.

In fact, a lot of my favorite photos this year were taken on my phone.

Last year I upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S5, and then in July Samsung gave me the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge to cover WayHome festival. It’s now hard for me to imagine going without the Galaxy phones. Plus, I also tested and shot with the Note 5, which was easily my favorite device of 2015.

So, without further ado, here are 55 (yes, fifty-five) of my favorite pictures from 2015, all taken with Samsung devices, and sorted from January to December.

It’s also worth mentioning that my best friend in a lot of difficult lighting situations was definitely Samsung’s Pro Mode, which I’ll write about soon, but I’d recommend testing it out if you haven’t already.

Jack Frost's work
Jack Frost's work
Winter in New Brunswick
Winter in New Brunswick
Ford at the Canadian International Auto Show
Ford at the Canadian International Auto Show
Highland Park's Freya launch
Highland Park's Freya launch
Highland Park's Freya launch dinner
Highland Park's Freya launch dinner
Selfie with Fred Penner and Andrew Powell
Selfie with Fred Penner and Andrew Powell
Kiesza at the Juno Awards
Kiesza at the Juno Awards
Samsung Galaxy S6 launch party
Samsung Galaxy S6 launch party
Byron the cat
Byron the cat
Penny Dreadful season 2 Q&A with Josh Hartnett
Penny Dreadful season 2 Q&A with Josh Hartnett
High Park cherry blossoms
High Park cherry blossoms
McWilliam's Wine tasting at Montecito
McWilliam's Wine tasting at Montecito
Audi SQ5
Audi SQ5
Samsung More Room
Samsung More Room
Cast of Killjoys
Cast of Killjoys
Veuve Clickquot launch party
Veuve Clickquot launch party
New York City
New York City
New York City from the Top of the Rock
New York City from the Top of the Rock
MMVA red carpet
MMVA red carpet
Cast of Orphan Black
Cast of Orphan Black
Gigi Hadid at the MMVAs
Gigi Hadid at the MMVAs
Josh Ward and Phil Maloney of Hey Rosetta!
Josh Ward and Phil Maloney of Hey Rosetta!
Hozier on stage at WayHome Festival
Hozier on stage at WayHome Festival
WayHome Festival
WayHome Festival
Canadian Tire holiday wreath wall
Canadian Tire holiday wreath wall
"The Wiggles" get together
"The Wiggles" get together
Wye Marsh in Midland
Wye Marsh in Midland
Ciroc Canadian launch party
Ciroc Canadian launch party
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 detail
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 detail
Parrot feathers
Parrot feathers
Canadian National Exhibition grounds
Canadian National Exhibition grounds
Tastemakers Lounge at TIFF 2015
Tastemakers Lounge at TIFF 2015
Omni King Edward Hotel lobby
Omni King Edward Hotel lobby
Hamilton's Khaki BeLOWZERO watch
Hamilton's Khaki BeLOWZERO watch
Snacking at the Omni King Edward Hotel
Snacking at the Omni King Edward Hotel
Andrew Powell at TIFF 2015High Park flowers
High Park flowers
Clover closeup
Clover closeup
Downey's Farm
Downey's Farm
Sonos Play:1
Sonos Play:1
Samsung Gear S2 at Sherway Gardens
Samsung Gear S2 at Sherway Gardens
Apothic Dark
Apothic Dark
On the set of Saving Hope season 4
On the set of Saving Hope season 4
Ace Hotel in NYC
Ace Hotel in NYC
Stumptown Coffee at Ace Hotel in NYC
Stumptown Coffee at Ace Hotel in NYC
New York Public Library
New York Public Library
Nanoblock version of the Louvre
Nanoblock version of the Louvre
Andrew Powell in the Ford Explorer Platinum
Andrew Powell in the Ford Explorer Platinum
Toronto Christmas Market
Toronto Christmas Market
Ford Explorer Platinum with Sony Premium Audio
Ford Explorer Platinum with Sony Premium Audio
Sherway Gardens Christmas tree
Sherway Gardens Christmas tree
Toronto Maple Leafs versus the New Jersey Devils
Toronto Maple Leafs versus the New Jersey Devils
Steven Strait and Andrew Powell
Steven Strait and Andrew Powell
Toronto City Hall
Toronto City Hall
Holiday treats from Parrot and Casacom
Holiday treats from Parrot and Casacom

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