I bet if you look back on Shutter Sisters, ever single contributor has posted that one where she goes, “Lookmynewphone!” <Shutter Sister notes the icon that says CAMERA> “Oh, oh my! Oh gosh.” <Shutter Sister bites knuckle> “What about my art? My training? My 24-70? OOOH!” <Shutter Sister squeals> “HIPSTAGRAM APP! TOY CAMERA APP! MANUAL EXPOSURE APP!”
I was doubtful. Cellphones made me cranky. They never seemed to be able to usefully penetrate whatever magnetic forcefield that surrounds a five-foot radius of my body.
Then, approximately three decades after everyone else and only because you can’t find a payphone anymore let alone a quarter, I got an iPhone.
Then I noted the CAMERA icon. I sniffed at it. I took a few shots. I signed up for Instagram. And a cropping app. And a light meter app. And three processing apps. And … um. This, uhhh. Well it’s really kind of neat. It’s a thing that, uhhh. It’s a t-t-toy camera app.
I’m still skimming the surface of it all, unsure of what to put through what. I’m poring through Stephanie’s book. So far, I’m just transfixed by how the iPhone changes how I see. It’s not the same as having a 7D in my hands. It’s more discreet, less burdened. It fits in my pocket. It can’t create what I want it to, but it’s adding to my eye. Take away the 24-70, the 1.8, the heft of what’s proper, and what you’re left with is strictly compositional. In shooting, there’s not much else to think about other than framing. And so I do, with greater attentiveness and vigor than I have in a while.
Share your favourite point-and-shoot or mobile device shot of late. Has iphoneography changed how or what you shoot when you return to your SLR? Have you gotten the hang of it yet — has it replaced photography you’d otherwise approach differently, or has it added a new niche of photos to your portfolio or social spaces that you didn’t used to capture?