Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Master The Moment

By Stephanie C. Roberts of Shutter Sisters Published in Point Of Focus
Master The Moment
Five Tips To Master The Moments Of Your Life With A Mobile Camera

1. Identify your primary shooting apps and place them on your default screen. You may find that you favor one app over another for its shooting capabilities and another for its processing flexibility. Place your primary shooting apps on the right side of the screen (if you're right-handed) so you can tap them quickly with your thumb when you're ready to shoot. I've often missed a shot because I got caught swiping and swapping screens of apps to locate my camera.

2. Focus on the people closest to you. Create a collection of images that document your journey and your relationships with the people you love in your life. Let it get a little personal. Those images will be the most meaningful for you. Shoot first, then share your photograph with your subject, and ask permission before you share it.

3. Minimize your presence and maximize your agility. Take advantage of the fact that your mobile camera is a multipurpose device. Most subjects won't notice you making photographs with your iPhone, but if they do, they likely won't take you seriously as a photographer. This is an ideal scenario for capturing documentary photographs. Also, find a comfortable one-handed shooting grip so you can move and shoot casually without attracting too much attention to yourself.

4. Experiment with apps to find your processing style and publishing path. Give yourself permission to experiment with processing your mobile photographs using a variety of photography apps. You may find that you like specific features in a handful of different apps. For optimal image quality and processing flexibility, specify the settings in each of your photography apps to save images at the highest-quality setting.

5. Follow your instincts and express yourself. Give yourself permission to shoot and process your mobile photographs in a way that represents you, even if it feels unfamiliar to the photographs you've been shooting with your DSLR. Learn to embrace and experiment with the limitations of the device—use the sluggishness of its shutter speed to convey energy, for example.

Most of all, document a view that's meaningful and unique to you!

SHUTTER SISTERS is a collaborative photo blog (www.shuttersisters.com) and a thriving community of women, passionate about photography. Photographer and writer Stephanie C. Roberts is a partner in and contributor to Shutter Sisters, and the author of The Art of iPhoneography: A Guide to Mobile Creativity (April 2011), www.artofiphoneography.com.

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