A central part of taking photographs for me is telling stories. Our lives are made up of them, as is the world around us, and I love for what I capture through my photographs to be more than just a pretty picture, but to communicate something of what is happening in the real life of that moment or that person or that place.
That is why my iphone literally changed my life. I love to use my big camera, but for awhile I was struggling with a lens that was often too tight for both my home and the city streets, my two main settings, and I was losing motivation to find ways to take the photographs that captured my heart and vision. In the meantime, life was moving on as I saved (and am still saving) for a new lens, my family was growing, and the world was passing by (being overdramatic never hurt anyone).
When my husband surprised me with an iphone, my whole perspective changed. I loved the wide angles and flexibility it allowed within the space of my home, and I loved that it was always with me, so easy to pull out and play with the light and angles and even editing at a moments notice. At the same time, capturing details (like my fascination with hands, especially when cooking together) is an important part of storytelling, and is so much easier to capture with my iphone when we are in the thick of things like dough or flour or a pileup on dad.
I am always drawn to dramatic light and dark, moody photographs and have a continual love affair with black and white that threatens to take over my world. So using the exposure slider in the Vscocam controls helps me to achieve that look, as well as the easy to use filters Vscocam offers for editing. I still think about light all the time, and how it hits my subject or affects the mood of the setting. I still look for composition and whether there are distractions or ways to position myself to best tell the story of the moment. But often I take photos that don’t work. And the wonderful thing about the phone is that I can just keep trying without the cumbersome intrusion or time-consuming need of the Big Camera.
The most important factors for me while taking photos with my phone are:
- Looking for and noticing light
- Being aware of and noticing the details and moments that tell the story
- Using apps that give me control over exposure and focal point, like VSCOcam
My favorite apps are: