Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Travel Phoneography

by Carol H.

As most of you know, I have recently returned from a week in London. The trip was delightful, though too darn short. Brian & I are already talking about the “next time we go to London…”

Being that I hadn’t been there for over 15 years, I made sure I had camera gear with me to take many, many pictures. The gear I packed included:

Nikon D600 DSLR camera body
Nikkor 35 mm f/1.4 lens
Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4 lens
Lensbaby Scout w/ soft optic

And of course, my iPhone. This kind of trip included lots and lots of walking as well as riding the tube. Rather than lugging my whole camera bag, each day I would choose a lens to shoot with and sling my camera across my shoulder. As I took pictures with my big girl camera, I also included pictures with my iPhone.

At the end of the day I would go back to the hotel, look through my big girl images on my camera, deleting those I didn’t care for and delighted to see several I would be processing WHEN I GOT HOME!

Then I would go through my iPhone images, deleting the not so great, processing the ones I loved, and sharing some of those on IG, Facebook, and Flickr. DONE!

For those of you who are already phone photographer addicts, I’m sure at this point you are smiling and nodding your head! The wonderful thing about phoneography is that the equipment is always with you, is lightweight, less obtrusive to the bystander on the street, and with the wonderful apps, many processing options are available and can be done right there while you are still in the experience.

Another thing I noticed about the pictures I took with my iPhone vs my Nikon is that the images have a more spontaneous, playful feel about them, which I am particularly drawn to.

It also seems that I give myself permission more often to manipulate the phone image to my liking, rather than sticking with a realistic view. This also feeds my playful nature. After all, it’s supposed to be fun, right? I learned a lot about my photographic style on this trip and have to say that I am pleased with the results from my iPhone and expect to be taking more and more photographs with it.

On the subject of phoneography, have you had a chance to check out Focusing on Life’s new Flickr group “Focus on Phoneography”? If not, please check out the link HERE.

Have you recently traveled with your DSLR and your smart phone and taken pictures with both? Do you see any differences in the style of your work between the two devices? We’d love to see your images! Load up those lovelies to our phoneography Flickr group or Instagram and use the hashtag #focusingonlife.





kelly said...

we are leaving for vacation this friday and i will for sure be packing my big-girl camera. but like you, i'm sure that i'll be taking lots of photos with my iphone too. it's so much easier to carry around, and plus i don't have to worry about sand, etc. love the photos you've captured and seeing your creative processing.

heyjudephotography said...

Your photos are wonderful, and it was great to see your Instagram posts as you traveled. Of course, I too, always have my Nikon with me, and use that most often, but I am finding that I use my iPhone a lot if I'm inside some place and want a photo. It's far less conspicuous - everyone is so used to people picking up their phones and taking pics.

terriporter said...

I love the "instantness" of phone photography, the way you can shoot and post and say, "I'm here right now!" But I never thought about the differences in my approach to taking photos with my big camera compared to my phone but you are so right! I love the ability to "play" to my heart's content with apps on my phone, sometimes coming up with several different end results. It's the play part of it that I really love! And it was so much fun to see your shots while you were still in London, like we were on the trip with you! I'm just a little bit addicted to my iPhone at the moment!

Sarah Huizenga said...

Well we leave for Montana on Friday. This will be the first time I will be using a phone as a camera, having only got my iPhone at the end of last summer. Great points that you made in your blog post. I am excited to see the difference between my photography styles as I use both my Canon and my phone. Don't worry I will be sharing in Instagram :)

Dotti said...

Count me among those who loved your 'on the spot' phoneography photos from London. It was like being with you. I'm still partial to my dslr but I find myself using mobile photography more often now. I do love playing with apps although I have a lot to learn. Fun post, Carol!

Kim Stevens said...

I love my phone for capturing the aha, wow, wish you were here kind of moments. And really, I guess that's how I use my big girl camera too. It's always about the moment for me and then sharing that, nothing more, nothing less. Spontaneous, wandering kind of fun!

Dee said...

Your travel photo series is spectacular! I'm with you; the phone camera and apps add that spontaneity that is freeing and satisfying.

Cathy H. said...

You girls are really making me want an iPhone!! Great image! Glad you had a wonderful time!

Carol said...

I can't believe the lenses you chose (separate from the phoneography)! I always bring a zoom when I just want to cover a lot of possibilities. You must be really good to take travel pics with the lenses you chose. But then I knew that already!
Great shots all!

Karin said...

These are super! It makes me want to spend time in London! :-) Zander and I went yesterday but things move slowly with a 4 year old! Was that M&M's as in candy?! Gotta go! Need to get my travel card soon!

Cheers, Karin

Deanna said...

Great shots using your of these days I am going to dive in. Still lugging the big girl camera tho. I especially like that 3rd shot with the painterly effect!!

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