What are your mobile device and top five apps?
I use ProCamera instead of the native camera app on the phone 90% of the time.
NightCap Camera, for light trails, water and other long exposures (Steel wool comes out amazing with it).
Hyperlapse for time-lapse video. I use the Native Camera for Slo-Mo Video and Panorama.
For processing I use; Snapseed, Adobe Photoshop Express, Adobe Photoshop Fix, Noir Photo, Mextures, Stackables and Waterlogue.
What's the best part of being a mobile photographer?
Firstly, is versatility. As in, it is always with you. I see a picture everywhere, so always having a camera allows me to capture on the fly, something I may not have taken the time to shoot, if not for the phone camera being so handy.
Being able to process and upload shots, almost immediately.
The weight. With the pixels increasing constantly with smartphones now, they are in a competing spot with the entry-level DSLRs. I don't enlarge more than 18 x 20 and the phone enlarges easily to this size, crisp and clear.
How would you describe your style?
Documentary Style. I didn't know for quite a while until a photographer friend pointed it out to me. Looking back, I agree. That one shot, one moment in time, the story, that is what I am always looking for.
How do you find and decide your subjects and stories to photograph?
Most times, I am going out to shoot I have something in mind. Photowalks or workshops, those kinds of things. The venue is picked; once I am there I decide what to shoot. For instance, the Botanical Gardens in Austin, I go every three months to shoot. Each time, I pick a different part of the park, or all macro, all flowers, all critters, all water...you get the drift. It keeps me challenged and makes me look at different aspects, instead of everything, all the time.
My England trip was different. I knew I would be shooting a lot of architecture ahead of time. I went with several projects in mind: street photography, doorways, doorknockers, macro/nature, and history. What I found was much more. It was the first time, I went somewhere with major projects in mind and I shot over 9k pictures. And, I only posted on Instagram.
Also, have an on-going project on The Small Towns of Texas.
My model shoots, I put together months in advance. Venue, model, what style and how many photographers are being invited. Money is the motivator there. How much will it cost, everything else I do is free.
What are your top three tips for creating your photos, rather than capturing a happy snap?
1. Lighting: Side, back, direct, contrast
2. How to shoot it: Angle and camera settings
3. Set-up/Preparedness: Quick and easy
Do you have a typical capturing and editing process?
This is a really difficult question. In most cases, I am still a traditionalist. I try to capture everything in-camera, with little processing.
With that being said, I have some photographs, that will tell you their story. Some cry for black and white, while some want more saturation, or barely any colour.
On the Adobe Photoshop Express app, I do use one action more than any others, but that's because I like the look. No other reason.
Sometimes I upload to CS6 and my NIX software and edit from there. Not a lot, but I do use them.
Something you're still learning?
Always learning. I host Meet-ups for photography workshops, photo walks, and model shoots. I also host invitational shoots for small groups. I love them. I enjoy passing on the knowledge and passion I have for the creative process and capturing that one great shot. I learn constantly from all photographers of all skills. I hosted a Balloon launch a few years ago. It was the largest group I ever hosted was 72 photographers. I learned so much after that shoot, or I noticed more, I'm not totally sure which. After this Meet-up, 240 pictures were presented, and not one of them was a duplicate. Everyone saw something different and captured it.
I am always asking questions of other photographers. Always learning. Always trying new applications as well.
What advice do you have for those just discovering their passion for mobile photography?
Get a thick skin. Like all art, it is subjective to the viewer and the artist. While your art is personal, don't take the criticism personally. Photography, painting, water colouring, etc is an emotion. You created with an emotion; you hope to sell it on an emotion. Just learn to not be emotional, when anyone says to your favourite picture is not your best. Ask, learn and listen.
Always, always, experiment and try something new. Whether, it's an application, camera settings, exposure, backlighting, side lighting, contrast, angle, etc. Keep an open mind, ask questions, listen or read all you can. While photography in itself has not changed, how you capture the shot has (DSLR, Phone, Pinhole etc). Other than my clip lenses (I have nine different lenses I shoot with), I have not found a decent telephoto yet. And when it says Zoom, it isn't.
Where can we see more of your amazing images?
Instagram: @noborderlens @tnkarts
Other: Under Noborderlens: Vero, G+, Steller, Instagram, Pinterest (noboderl)
T & K Arts (tnkarts) Vero, G+, Steller, Facebook, Society 6, Fine Art America