[Batch 1 : 12-25 June] The first two weeks of my project can be summed up in two words : "struggle" and "experiment". I'm still making it a habit to shoot with my iPhone, and although I'm getting the hang of it, it's always a conscious effort. There are times that I have to remind myself, and there are frustrations when I just forget to shoot lo-fi. Case in point : Day 5, I had a couple's engagement shoot and one of the locations was a graffiti wall. I told myself I'd shoot all that colorful art with my phone, but I totally forgot about it. By the time I remembered, I was on my way home, miles and miles away, so I had to find another scene to shoot, which, you will see, was a rice field I shot in HDR.
I've also been playing with the photo apps I have, and this early I have my regulars and favorites. There are so many variations that they offer in processing, doing it is definitely fun (if not time-consuming). Practice, practice, practice. A lot of trial-and-error. And thus, the first set of my '365 in Lo-Fi' project (click on thumbnails to view each photo in full, together with the caption about the apps I used) :
Recommended App : Snapseed (click the last thumbnail and view the caption for my comments about it)
On to the next ones. I'm getting there. Ciao!
Noted photographer Chase Jarvis said, "the best camera is the one that's with you". With the advent of mobile phones with better-than-decent cameras, more and more people have been snapping photos and sharing them online. I wasn't a fan at first because I didn't like one thing in particular : the lack of control. I hated the way that the user had little or no input how the photo capture would be done, no matter how many megapixels or how big the aperture the manufacturers equipped the built-in cameras with.
I also wasn't excited about how most people abused the "lomo" effect on their photos and proclaimed it as art. They would just take a photo of what they are eating/watching/doing/looking at, put the lomo effect/filter, share it online and pass it on as art. There's a quote by one of my photography mentors, Jo Avila, that truly applies in this case : It may be your art, but it's my opinion about your art that matters to me.
That's why I kept myself from taking mobile phone photography seriously. I didn't want to get myself lazy and dependent on that lomo look, and I didn't want the camera to dictate the settings. However, in recent months, I've seen some great iPhone captures online. I must admit I was inspired by them - great composition, good exposure, and tasteful processing that doesn't kiss lomo's ass. In particular, I was impressed at how my friend Arfel Leonardo was able to maximize the iPhone's capability in churning out good photos. That was the start of my curiosity. I then kept an eye on Apple's App Store and found a lot of useful apps that actually hack the iPhone's camera settings and some gorgeous processing apps that allow both global and selective processing. To compound matters, I've been getting desperate to shoot. The lack of time and opportunities for the past 2 months have made me itchy to shoot, and all these time the camera that's always with me is the one on my iPhone. I just knew, I would be giving iPhoneography a dedicated attempt.
And here it is. After familiarizing myself with the apps, I've decided to go all-in. My project starts June 12, Philippine Independence Day, because this is sort of a revolution itself. Mobile phones have given the masses greater access to photography (either by capturing photos or being exposed to photos online). The optics have improved, the operation has become easier, and post-processing is now an available option. Truly, photography has been changed. Whether for the better or for worse, we have yet to see. So I'll jump right in and give my fair share.
It's strictly a photo a day, but I'll be posting the photos on two-week intervals. All photos will be captured AND processed on my iPhone. I'll mention the apps that I used to give the viewer an idea (maybe they're interested in iPhone photography too) of how the photos were achieved. And, in case you're asking, I termed this an iPhotography project, not an iPhoneography project, because I plan on using my iPad as well.
Let's do this!!!
365 in Lo-Fi
For a whole year (365 days), I took a photo with my mobile phone camera and presented them here, in batches. Lower quality as the technology is still improving, just the same phone photography has altered the way people take and look at pictures.