Noted photographer Chase Jarvis once said "the best camera is the one that's with you."
Sometimes that might be your expensive, professional DSLR, but most of the time in this day and age, it's going to be your smartphone. And that's not a bad thing: in 2014, many smartphones have excellent cameras. Click here to compare the cameras inside the top smartphones.
But in case you need any more convincing, you have to check out the iPhone Photography Awards. It's a competition that's been going on since 2008, and it rewards the year's best pictures snapped on Apple mobile phones.
Here are a few of the winners from 2013:
None of the photographs is allowed to be retouched by anything except iPhone apps. They go straight from the phone to the competition. Click here to get an app for editing photos on your smartphone.
If you have an iPhone, you can get started snapping gorgeous photos like these right away! Don't get me wrong: it will take a lot of practice, the right lighting and a good eye before they'll look as amazing as these award-winning professional photographs, but you have all the tools you need.
You don't even need an iPhone! Several other smartphones have as good or even much better cameras than the iPhone.