My iPhone has taught me a few things about photography. I’ve been a photographer most of my life, but I’ve never shot landscapes before. As a photojournalist, I crave people and their emotion in my images.
Looking through my 2012 iPhone photographs, there are hardly any people.
I found I embraced the light, anywhere I could, and opened myself to taking a photograph of something I hadn’t focused on with my professional cameras.
A water fountain. A sunset. Barstools. A duck!
I discovered I love shooting details with my iPhone. Not worrying over emotional content and just documenting what I saw, relying on my own emotion to carry through to the photograph.
I also didn’t take a million photographs of one thing, working the frame endlessly like I do on the job. I tried to limit myself to three frames of something and then move on.
That didn’t last long. I did, however, consciously try to not overshoot, or overthink, what I was documenting.
There’s a joke in Chicago, where I live, that you can spot the tourists downtown on Michigan Ave. as they’re the only ones who look up.
I realized that I looked up quite a bit with my iPhone.
And, I remembered something I learned while studying Photojournalism in college.
It’s not the camera you use. It’s what you do with it.
Wishing you all a wonderful year.
And, hope you take a second to look up every once in a while.
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