Over the first quarter of this year I've come to recognise that the Smartphone as a photographer's tool has come of age. I always like to think positively about technological developments and look to ways of using it to better my arts practice. Rather than trying to compare like for like with what has gone before, I question what is possible now that wasn't possible before, or at least wasn't realistically possible within various constraints.
'Best of the Year post' I raved about the AutoStitch app which I had used with my iPhone 4S to photograph the many independent cafes in Bideford to exhibit 'Cafe Culture' at Dare County Arts Centre in Manteo NC. Up until this year I had used my iPhone 4S, then 5, shooting through the 645 Pro app then using Autostitch combined with Adobe's PS Touch for my finished images. The images made were mainly for research, sketchbook work, location scouting etc except for the successfully realised Cafe Culture pictures.
iOS upgrade to my phone, I've added Smartphone Photography Teaching to my portfolio. So now I consider it part of my job to keep up-to-date with camera and image processing apps. I'm a purist at heart and so I'm not drawn to the apps like Instagram which tend to manipulate reality by adding a vast variety of filters, borders and effects to images, I am interested in any app which enables me to see something more clearly, more accurately, which simplifies a scene, rids an image of distractions or enhances reality.
I shall be revisiting and expanding on the subject in the future!
My next 2 SmartPhone workshops are as follows, current workshops are always listed on my website
SmartPhone Photography - £25
A practical workshop to learn how to use your Smartphone's
camera to take professional looking photographs and enhance those images
on the go. Suitable for anyone with a SmartPhone. You will need to install a few cheap photo apps in advance which I'll advise on when booking!
Sunday 3rd May in Barnstaple, (11am-2pm) Click to Book
iPhoneography Workshop - £25
A practical workshop to learn how to use your iPhone's camera to
take professional looking photographs and enhance those images on the
go. Suitable for anyone with an iPhone. You will need to install a few cheap photo apps in advance which I'll advise on when booking!
Monday 25th May in Bideford, (10am-1pm) Click to Book