Bummer on the Miracle Whip. There isn't much that I like it for, so we don't keep it in the house. Hope son recovers quickly!
Here are three pictures I snapped yesterday, mostly because the spider was back.
Obvious crap...out of focus, bad framing.
Not terrible focus, but awkward framing.
Better. Focus is acceptable, framing could be better.
None of these are what I'd consider great, as they all have loads of room for improvement. Using my phone means the picture will be rectangular, unless I crop it. Lighting will be natural, or LED flash, so that impacts color, unless I feel like editing it.
If I did...Well, I'm still learning that.
Using g+'s online editor.
Compare to this picture taken with the DSLR.
Depth of field makes the lily sharp, so it draws the eye. The fairy moss (the red stuff) follows the rule of thirds, into that center contrast. Focus is clean, no extraneous bits that need to be cropped out.
And the 'cleaned up' version.
Played with saturation a little, and color, since the flower actually is a pale creamy yellow. The lighting sucked (it was raining), and washed out the color.
If I'm using my phone, odds are good that I'm not willing to 'go for the shot'. It's a casual picture. I'm not going to knee in the wet grass to get the best angle, I'm not taking 10-15 shots, I'm not fiddling with settings too much. Point, shoot. Lather, rinse, repeat and move on. If I have the DSLR, I'm there to take a picture. Laying in the grass, contorting to get the best angle, looking at the background, thinking about framing, depth of field, exposure...In short, with the DSLR, I'm TRYING.
TL;DR...camera phone is quick and easy, but results are hit or miss. DSLR is not quick and easy, but results are slightly weighted to the hit side.
My speech is not parsing. I am speaking in ellipsis.