Over the past months I have been preparing for a big change in my photographic journey. From the big heavy cameras and lenses to the iPhone. I don’t intend to stop using the heavy stuff as there will be times and events when nothing else will do. Having said that I am still waiting for the “perfect” mirrorless camera to appear when the heavy stuff will definitely go. Not far away I reckon?
I know its been said thousands of time before but, the best camera is the one in your pocket. Just this morning I photographed a local treasure on my way to my morning latte, whom I would otherwise have missed. See below. There are other advantages too. People are far more willing to be photographed with a phone camera and stealing shots is far easier. Try concealing a Nikon D800 with a 24-70 2.8 lens.
Apart from the fun I have using my iPhone, the other big changes will be: less time at the computer, being able to share my work more easily and quickly via social networking and I feel far less disappointed when a photo is crap, after all it’s only a phone!
This is quite a bold statement, so check it out. There is far more “photo art” being created with iPhones than cameras! I am amazed by the superb images I see every day of the week. Works of art created on a phone or tablet using Apps costing nothing to a couple of pounds. Sitting in a comfortable armchair with a glass of wine and an iPad apping an image to death is very relaxing, absorbing and rewarding.
So where am I with all this? I have the iPhone 5s with a few gadgets: An Ollo wide angle lens, tripod mount, a lightweight £10 tripod off eBay and a bluetooth shutter release.
I have an iPad that is connected by wifi to my iPhone so when they are in the same place and on the same WiFi network my images leap from the phone to the iPad – as if by magic. On the iPad are several apps I have been teaching myself to use. Duplicating, blending, masking, grunging, ageing, enhancing, enlarging etc. Far more than I can do with Photoshop and Lightroom and the various apps I have. I do use Lightroom to hold my iPhone catalogue but never work on the images there – absolutely forbidden if I am to ever enter images into competitions or exhibitions. I have an instagram account and my new website for the best stuff is almost ready.
Next season in my photo club I have decided to only enter iPhone photos into competitions and the annual exhibition – that should be interesting!
Tomorrow Pam and I are off to Spain to collect our car and will be off to The Pelerinage de Gitanes at Saintes Maries de la Mer on the Carmarge coast of France before touring Southern Italy, when I intend to use my iPhone as my main camera – for the first time. Liberating or restricting? We shall see. I will post regularly when I have an internet connection.
I hope my friends and followers on Facebook will enjoy “My Journey” and as always I welcome your comments.