single exposure, image shot entirely with iphone
Last weekend, I was conducting a hands-on photography workshop with a handful of budding photographers in SanFrancisco. I planned what I was going to bring for the all-day street and food photography excursion perfectly: one body, one lens, some pocket money, a credit card, and my iPhone. I’m all about packing light, especially when I am doing street photography; I find that if the people I’m photographing think I’m a professional photographer, it changes the entire dynamic of the frame and the image disappears. In general, my goal for this type of photograph is to blend in, disappear and quietly make my photographs.
Before we started shooting that morning, one of the photographers taking the class told me that her camera had just quit working. Her batteries were charged and everything was in its place, but her camera was freezing up. I immediately handed her my camera and told her to put hers away. She fought me a little on the idea, but eventually acquiesced.
To be completely honest, I wanted to spend the day shooting with my iPhone. In the past month, I have really been getting into the photo sharing app called Instagram. This was my chance to just stretch my legs with the iPhone camera and see what I could get. So, that’s what I did. I practiced – worked at getting my timing right with the camera and tried to get more fluent with the dynamics of the app.
As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t matter what kind of camera you have; just shoot. Work with the tools you have and just practice your seeing. At the end of the day, it’s not the equipment you have that counts; it’s the images you’ve made. Here are a few of my faves from my take during the workshop. Thanks for looking.
single image using glare off car windshield to add to composition