FREE Roadmap to Create Your Next Favourite Photo
The 15-step process is involves four phases:
> Photographic intention
> Storytelling, narrative and composition
> Photo capture techniques
> Mobile photo editing to enhance the narrative
I am very appreciative that Geelong based iPhone photographer Fran has shared her story. She openly explains how the convenience of smartphone photography brings her both joy and distraction.
The health benefits of photography are well documented. Fran explains how the phone, in particular, has allowed her to practise self-expression and mindfulness.
This is a great opportunity to reflect on how photography has benefited you as a creative outlet, escapism and a connection with others.
What is your story - why and how did you get into mobile photography?
I call it my Creative Therapy. My mobile photography evolved as a by-product of an illness that caused an Acquired Brain Injury. I initially used my phone to take photos to aid my memory and, while taking daily walks to exercise and escape my small apartment, I found a world of beauty I hadn't previously taken the time to stop and see. Everything started looking beautiful and I began to find joy in the simple things so I chose to capture these moments so I wouldn't forget. I quickly became a self-confessed garden stalker, edible garden lover, bee-chaser and sunset admirer.
I have found the process of stopping and observing very grounding and a great way to stay present when, on occasions, it has felt like my world was crumbling. I have found that, at the tip of my fingers, I have this great device, bringing me joy and distraction, both at the time of taking the photos and then later again when I sort, delete and edit them; a perfect hobby for my fluctuating capacity. Mobile photography has no time limitations. It is convenient and, using the small mobile screen, is less taxing on my brain than a computer screen, which gives me sensory overload.
Sharing my photography on social media began as a way of staying connected to a world I have been unable to participate in, particularly at times when I have been housebound, due to the constraints of my illness. Mobile photography has been an excellent distraction to keep me engaged and purposeful as opposed to feeling sorry for myself. Through mobile photography, I have discovered a new hobby for myself and my brain, which has brought me an incredible amount of joy.
What are your mobile device and top five apps?
I started taking photos with my iPhone 5, and also used a macro lens attachment. I have since moved to an iPhone 7 in September 2016.
My Top 5 apps most regularly used are Snapseed, Pixlr, Mextures, Lenslight and Retouch.
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