Interview: Therapeutic benefits of Carol Walker's iPhone photography

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I really appreciate that Carole shared her story, explaining how being an iPhone photographer has become her therapy to help cope with her anxiety and depression. Transitioning more and more to the simpler mobile phone camera, provides instant gratification, capturing, editing and sharing images - without the heavy concentration or needing to remember lots of information.

What is your story Carole - why and how did you get into mobile photography?
My husband bought me a DSLR camera to hopefully help with my anxiety and depression and it worked. I became obsessed with taking photos of anything and everything. I started to see the beauty in nature again. Because of my mental illness, I have trouble concentrating and remembering lots of information and I found taking photos with a mobile camera was just so much simpler than my big camera, I started to veer that way more and more.

Taking photos is therapy for me, it stops my head from the constant chatting going on inside. I also found mobile photography gave me instant gratification, finding it so simple to edit on my phone and upload my images to social media.

What are your mobile device and top five apps?
I started with an iPhone 5 but I'm now using an iPhone 6. My favourite apps would be: Snapseed, Camera+, Instagram, Lenslight and Retouch.

What's the best part of being a mobile photographer?
I can snap a shot anytime and anywhere because I always have my phone on me, I'm always looking for beauty for my next shot.

How would you describe your style and how did you discover it?
I haven't really discovered my style, I see beauty in so many different things like clouds, flowers, nature and the world around me. I do really love macro especially flowers.

How do you find and decide your subjects and stories to photograph?
Sometimes they just jump out at me and other times I go searching for them. I now see the world in photographs and how I can capture it.

Geelong iPhone photographer reveals therapeutic benefits of photography
What are your top three tips for creating your photos, rather than capturing a happy snap?
Most importantly would be just to have fun. There are rules in photography, but sometimes rules are made to be broken. Try different angles and perspectives, to see what works for you.

Do you have a typical capturing and editing process?
Someone once told me to never delete a photo, so now I upload every photo to the cloud so I can revisit the pics at a later stage. Editing I go to Snapseed and decide which tools I'd like to apply to my shot, sometimes I simply play around to see what works best for my photo. It's teaching me to be more creative but the great thing about photography is you never stop learning.

What advice do you have for those just discovering their passion for mobile photography?
The first thing I would say is to enjoy your journey, have fun with it and of course join the Smartphone Photography Training community, which offer weekly photography themes and loads of free tutorials and tips. The community group is extremely friendly, supportive and inspiring and the admin Mike James is very passionate about mobile photography, I've certainly become more creative and confident since joining this group.

Check out more stunning mobile photography by Carole on Instagram @carolewalkerphotoart
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