Even dolphins know you don’t shoot photos with a tablet!
posted Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 6:45 PM EDT
If you attend a concert or other live performance these days, you can pretty much guarantee that unless you're in the front few rows, you'll be watching the show above a sea of rectangular screens. Camera phones haven't just changed photography; they've also greatly expanded its reach. Almost everyone is a photographer and videographer now, with at least a reasonably-capable camera in their pocket everywhere they go. But take a closer look at that ocean of glowing rectangles, and chances are you'll see one or two that are just a little bit bigger than the rest.
Tablets might not have reached quite the same degree of popularity as have smartphones, but there are still plenty of them out there. In essence, most are just larger versions of our phones, sporting much the same basic feature set -- right down to the cameras -- but with a bigger display. And since they can take photos, some folks can't resist the urge to use their tablets for just that, despite what most of us already know. They might sport cameras, but tablet ergonomics just aren't even slightly suited to photography, their cameras are typically rather dated compared to those on smartphones, and you look a bit ridiculous when using one as a camera.
And apparently, it's not just humans who are in the know. A video from ABC World News shows a dolphin seemingly expressing its distaste for iPad photography as it snatches a tablet from a visitor to Sea World Orlando and drops it in the water. In the background, as our friends at Shutterbug note, a park employee drily notes that the dolphin can "reach your loose items".
Of course iPads aren't waterproof, so this event will likely serve as a lesson to one very unhappy tourist. And we suggest you take that lesson to heart, too: The next time you find yourself about to take a photo with your tablet, don't. Put the iPad down and reach for a camera with better ergonomics -- even if it's just the one in your phone.
The dolphins will thank you!